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ENCRYPT Act, Comey testimony show stark differences toward encryption

ENCRYPT Act, Comey testimony show stark differences toward encryption

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The director of the FBI repeated his "encryption thwarts law enforcement" mantra before a Senate committee as a pair of Congressmen introduced legislation designed to effectively ban state and local governments from mandating decryption.

Senate, House OK Judicial Redress Act, send to Obama to sign

Senate, House OK Judicial Redress Act, send to Obama to sign

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The Judicial Redress Act was given the thumbs up by the Senate and the House Wednesday and is now headed for President Obama's desk to be signed into law.

Utah anti-doxing bill would impose six-month jail term

Utah anti-doxing bill would impose six-month jail term

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A proposed bill in front of Utah lawmakers would make doxing a crime that carries a six-month prison sentence to it, but may run afoul free speech laws.

Draft bill seeks to improve U.S. military cyber warfare capabilities

Draft bill seeks to improve U.S. military cyber warfare capabilities

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Draft legislation seeks to improve the Pentagon's ability to quickly develop and acquire process cyber warfare technologies.

Privacy Shield is here, now orgs., lawmakers must take action

Privacy Shield is here, now orgs., lawmakers must take action

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To meet the more stringent requirements laid out in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield pact inked Tuesday, organizations are going to have to up their data protection game and Congress must accelerate passage of the Judicial Redress Act.

Corporate legal dept. finds role shifting amid cybersecurity, privacy concerns

Corporate legal dept. finds role shifting amid cybersecurity, privacy concerns

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Corporate legal departments are grappling with the changing role of corporate legal departments as they assume a greater role in security and privacy.

U.S. and EU reach 'Privacy Shield' pact replacing Safe Harbor

U.S. and EU reach 'Privacy Shield' pact replacing Safe Harbor

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U.S. and European officials announced a new data-transfer deal on Tuesday designed to replace the Safe Harbor agreement that was ruled invalid by a European court three months ago.

Judiciary committee adds amendment to Judicial Redress, sends to Senate for vote

Judiciary committee adds amendment to Judicial Redress, sends to Senate for vote

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The Senate Judiciary Committee gave the nod to the Judicial Redress Act, which would provide citizens of major U.S. allies a course of redress regarding information shared with U.S. law enforcement, sending it on to the full Senate.

Data Privacy Day: Changes transform policy, perspective since last year

Data Privacy Day: Changes transform policy, perspective since last year

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SCMagazine.com asked key thought leaders to identify key events in last year that have reshaped public policy and expectations of what happens—and what should happen—to personally identifiable information when users go online.

Opponents to Swiss surveillance law force direct public vote

Opponents to Swiss surveillance law force direct public vote

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A Swiss digital surveillance law that has rankled online privacy advocates will now subjected to a public vote, after opponents collected enough signatures to challenge the legislation.

Advocacy groups call for repeal Cybersecurity Act of 2015

Advocacy groups call for repeal Cybersecurity Act of 2015

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A coalition including the ACLU, FreedomWorks, and other digital privacy advocacy groups sent a letter to members of the House urging them to repeal the Cybersecurity Act of 2015.

FIC 2016: Bernard Cazeneuve says 'do away with internal partitions'

FIC 2016: Bernard Cazeneuve says 'do away with internal partitions'

Bernard Cazeneuve, France's minister of the interior, has called for greater cooperation between states, businesses and citizens in the fight against online radicalisation and cyber-crime.

30 years later, CFAA still flawed, needs reform, attorney argues

30 years later, CFAA still flawed, needs reform, attorney argues

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In observance of the 30th anniversary of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, attorney Peter J. Toren argued that the law remains too vague.

States introduce flurry of privacy legislation, filling void left by Congress

States introduce flurry of privacy legislation, filling void left by Congress

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Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have stepped up to fill the void in privacy protection with the introduction today of more than 30 bipartisan privacy-related bills that cover everything from safeguarding to putting parameters on the use of location data.

Vermont bill would allow police to seize cell phones without warrant

Vermont bill would allow police to seize cell phones without warrant

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Vermont legislators will mull an amendment to the state's distracted driving law that would allow police to seize mobile devices from drivers without a warrant.

EU regulators to meet next month on Safe Harbour replacement

EU regulators to meet next month on Safe Harbour replacement

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Europe's data protection bodies will meet on February 2 on the data-transfer void left when Safe Harbour was ruled invalid by EU's Court of Justice in October.

Uproar over Wassenaar followed by GAO report on surveillance tech sales to Iran

Uproar over Wassenaar followed by GAO report on surveillance tech sales to Iran

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As Congress probed changes to the Wassenaar Arrangement, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report about companies selling surveillance technologies to Iran.

Rep. Amash introduces bill to repeal fledgling Cybersecurity Act

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A bipartisan coalition of U.S. House members led by Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) introduced a bill that would repeal recently passed cybersecurity legislation.

Cybersecurity laws needed, FTC exercises authority, AALS panel notes

Cybersecurity laws needed, FTC exercises authority, AALS panel notes

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A panel of experts at the Association of American Law School conference, that included the FTC's Lesley Fair, discussed how the law can and should respond to data breaches.

Education Dept. ripe for breach more devastating than OPM's

Education Dept. ripe for breach more devastating than OPM's

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A breach at the Department of Education could be more devastating than the one experienced by OPM, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz said last week at a Brookings Institute function.

Asbestos bill would expose victims' personal data, medical histories

Asbestos bill would expose victims' personal data, medical histories

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Privacy and public interest organizations are petitioning against a bill that attempts to prevent fraud in asbestos lawsuits.

Dutch government supports encryption, citing privacy, freedom of expression

Dutch government supports encryption, citing privacy, freedom of expression

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As authorities in the US press for weakening encryption standards, the Netherlands government came out in support of encryption technologies.

China's legislature approves much maligned anti-terrorism law

China's legislature approves much maligned anti-terrorism law

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China's legislature approved an anti-terrorism law that was opposed by business groups, President Obama, and human rights organizations.

China, US signal a cyber policy 'arms race'

China, US signal a cyber policy 'arms race'

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China's anti-terrorism legislation is the latest escalation in a race between China and Western government to enact aggressive surveillance policy.

Security researchers prepare for the 'New normal' post-CISA

Security researchers prepare for the 'New normal' post-CISA

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Researchers are preparing for the new normal that they will soon face in light of the cybersecurity legislation that was signed by President Obama last week within the omnibus spending deal.

Industry pros, tech firms displeased with cyber bill

Industry pros, tech firms displeased with cyber bill

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Cybersecurity legislation buried within a $1.1 trillion government spending agreement that was needed to prevent a government shutdown got the nod from the House.

Cyber bill reportedly included in omnibus deal

Cyber bill reportedly included in omnibus deal

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The omnibus spending deal is reported to include the final text of a major cybersecurity bill that legislators have been working to merge since October.

Border crossing: Global cooperation

Border crossing: Global cooperation

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A number of criminal cyber operations were taken down this year owing to international cooperation between law enforcement agents. Ashley Carman reports.

Keep it private: Security/privacy

Keep it private: Security/privacy

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Privacy is not a new concept but it's one that gathered steam in 2015 as it faced threats and found renewed support. Teri Robinson reports.

Catch and release: Computer law

Catch and release: Computer law

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Is it possible for legislative developments to keep up with the rate of innovation among hackers? Jeremy Seth Davis investigates.

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