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Senate committee leaders ask OMB to update 15-year-old cyber policy

Senate committee leaders ask OMB to update 15-year-old cyber policy

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In a letter to the OMB, Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson and ranking member Tom Carper asked the agency's director Shaun Donovan to complete changes to a privacy and cyber policy framework.

Trade secret anti-theft bill passes House, awaits Obama's signature

Trade secret anti-theft bill passes House, awaits Obama's signature

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The U.S. House yesterday passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015, which creates a single U.S. standard for protecting companies from intellectual property theft through civil recourse against the offending parties in federal court.

U.S. Cyber Command closer to break from NSA

U.S. Cyber Command closer to break from NSA

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A defense authorization bill could split off the U.S. Cyber Command from under the direction of U.S. Strategic Command and the NSA.

House passes EPA in unanimous vote

House passes EPA in unanimous vote

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The House Wednesday passed the Email Privacy Act (EPA) 419-0, a reformation of the aging Electronics Privacy Act (ECPA) and drew immediate praise from rights groups.

Budget approval sought for training U.S. cybersecurity troops

Budget approval sought for training U.S. cybersecurity troops

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Lawmakers are requesting an addendum to a defense authorization bill to mandate specialized training for U.S. cybersecurity troops engaged in war games.

Cybersecurity Caucus: FDA guidelines protect medical devices from hackers

Cybersecurity Caucus: FDA guidelines protect medical devices from hackers

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Rep. James Langevin wrote an open letter to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) praising draft guidance that would strengthen the cybersecurity of medical devices.

Industry groups call Burr-Feinstein encryption bill 'ultimately unworkable'

Industry groups call Burr-Feinstein encryption bill 'ultimately unworkable'

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A coalition of industry groups representing some of the largest tech companies in Silicon Valley penned an open letter to Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).

Intelligence court affirms FBI's right to search Americans' emails without a warrant

Intelligence court affirms FBI's right to search Americans' emails without a warrant

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In a declassified ruling, a federal judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) ruled that the FBI's search of Americans' emails without a warrant during criminal investigations is not contradictory to the Constitution or the FISA Amendments Act.

SC Congress: Are you ready for the new EU data protection regulation?

SC Congress: Are you ready for the new EU data protection regulation?

When Jamie Randall, CTO of the IASME Consortium, was asked to speak at yesterday's SC Congress Amsterdam on upcoming EU data protection regulation, he says that he, like many people, "promptly fell asleep".

Senate subcomittee to discuss cybersecurity issues

Senate subcomittee to discuss cybersecurity issues

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The Senate Subcommittee on Emerging Threats will meet today to hear testimony on cybersecurity issues and funding from Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Cyber Command representatives.

Regulators requested data on 12M Uber riders and drivers, transparency report shows

Regulators requested data on 12M Uber riders and drivers, transparency report shows

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During the last six months of 2015, Uber received 33 requests from regulatory authorities seeking trip data on more than 12 million drivers and riders.

California ransomware bill supported by Hollywood hospital passes committee

California ransomware bill supported by Hollywood hospital passes committee

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A proposed California legislation imposing specific penalties for ransomware took a step forward yesterday when the state senate's Public Safety Committee passed the bill at a hearing featuring testimony from Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center.

ALERT: Art.29 Working Group says Privacy Shield falls short, doesn't address bulk data collection

ALERT: Art.29 Working Group says Privacy Shield falls short, doesn't address bulk data collection

Privacy Shield shows progress, but still doesn't adequately address the issue that got Safe Harbor tossed by a European Court of Justice - the bulk collection of data on private citizens, the Article 29 Working Party said.

Leak hints that Art.29 WP troubled by Privacy Shield protections, may not approve

Leak hints that Art.29 WP troubled by Privacy Shield protections, may not approve

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Leaked material indicated that the Article 29 Working Party (Art.29 WP) Opinion on the EU Privacy Shield might not confirm that the current draft adequately meets EU privacy standards.

Encryption bill draft muddled, imposing

Encryption bill draft muddled, imposing

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A "discussion draft" of a long-anticipated encryption bill sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) drew fire from opponents.

Coalition opposes allowing NSA to share surveillance data

Coalition opposes allowing NSA to share surveillance data

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Privacy groups oppose proposed changes to an executive order that would relax limitations on the NSA in sharing surveilled communications information with other agencies.

Will White House, currently mulling bill, remain mum on encryption?

Will White House, currently mulling bill, remain mum on encryption?

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Reports said the White House had indicated it wouldn't support encryption legislation compelling tech companies to aid law enforcement in breaking smart devices, but Sen. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the bill is under review.

Senate votes in trade secrets legislation

Senate votes in trade secrets legislation

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Senate approved the Defend Trade Secrets Act, legislation that provides stronger protections for companies in protecting trade secrets.

Will the Panama Papers change legal firms' cyber practices?

Will the Panama Papers change legal firms' cyber practices?

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Following the massive 2.6 terabyte leak from the Panamanian corporate service provider and legal firm Mossack Fonseca, a sentiment emerges among security professionals assessing the wreckage at the secretive firm.

MPAA says Minn. revenge porn bill would compromise free speech

MPAA says Minn. revenge porn bill would compromise free speech

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Claiming that a revenge porn bill could stymie free speech, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) urged Minnesota state lawmakers to include an "intent to harass" clause.

Hello, Privacy Shield

Hello, Privacy Shield

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The new data transfer mandate presents challenges for enterprises, but global trade depends on its widespread adoption, reports Larry Jaffee.

States take the lead

States take the lead

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As Washington gets distracted, expect more activity at state legislatures on cybersecurity and privacy, reports Steve Zurier.

Apple vs. FBI: Too much to ask

Apple vs. FBI: Too much to ask

If Apple complies, the FBI would have the ability to compromise personal security when it wishes, says Ryan O'Leary, VP of Threat Research Center, WhiteHat Security. .

FTC, legislators call for improvements in health-care IT laws, including ransomware protection

FTC, legislators call for improvements in health-care IT laws, including ransomware protection

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A federal hearing on standardizing and modernizing health information technology resulted in calls for new or revised legislation to fill in gaps in cybersecurity law.

NIST releases updated telework guidance

NIST releases updated telework guidance

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released draft guidance for telework protocol, an update to the federal agency's initial documents drafted in 2009.

Report details criminal groups using Carbanak with new tactics

Report details criminal groups using Carbanak with new tactics

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A Carbanak details that the APT and malware are increasingly used alongside new tactics to target executives at financial institutions in the Middle East, U.S. and Europe.

SXSW: Dem. lawmaker plans to introduce online harassment legislation

SXSW: Dem. lawmaker plans to introduce online harassment legislation

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Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.), who proposed legislation at the South By Southwest Interactive festival (SXSW) that would make it easier for law enforcement agencies to nab perpetrators and make the charges stick.

White House requires agencies to share custom code with open-source community

White House requires agencies to share custom code with open-source community

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The White House has released a draft of its Source Code Policy, which establishes rules for sharing custom software between federal agencies, in hopes of improving government access to applications and reducing development costs.

Exclusive: Commerce Dept. official defends Privacy Shield

Exclusive: Commerce Dept. official defends Privacy Shield

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A senior U.S. Department of Commerce official spoke with SCMagazine.com Friday morning to defend the virtues of the newly introduced U.S.-EU Privacy Shield pact.

Burr-Feinstein encryption bill may appear next week

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The Senate encryption bill,written by Sen. Richard Burr and Sen. Dianne Feinstein,may be introduced as soon as next week.

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