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Cybersecurity enhancements proposed for financial firms in New York

Cybersecurity enhancements proposed for financial firms in New York

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To better protect consumer data, banks and insurance companies in New York will soon be required to adhere to new cybersecurity guidelines.

FTC solicits public response on consumer data disposal

FTC solicits public response on consumer data disposal

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Monday issued a request for public comment on its rule regarding Disposal of Consumer Report Information and Records.

GAO report - DoJ cannot determine cost of FOIA lawsuits where complainants prevailed

GAO report - DoJ cannot determine cost of FOIA lawsuits where complainants prevailed

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The Justice Department is unable to determine the amount spent by federal agencies litigating FOIA lawsuits in which the complainant substantially prevailed, a GAO report determined.

Legislators urge Commerce Dept, DoJ against transfer of ICANN internet governance

Legislators urge Commerce Dept, DoJ against transfer of ICANN internet governance

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U.S. legislators urged the Department of Justice and the Commerce Department to reconsider the transfer of internet governance.

Feinstein, Burr circulating proposed changes to encryption bill - report

Feinstein, Burr circulating proposed changes to encryption bill - report

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Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Richard Burr have reportedly been circulating proposed changes to Feinstein-Burr encryption bill.

Regulatory policies threaten China's info communications tech sector

Regulatory policies threaten China's info communications tech sector

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China will experience a loss of GDP from between 1.77 - 3.44% as a result of the country's information communications technology policies.

Corbyn announces digital 'bill of rights'

Corbyn announces digital 'bill of rights'

The leader of the Labour party has announced his intention to draw up a digital bill of rights, installing a constitutional settlement for online privacy for UK citizens

Bill pending in California classifies ransomware as extortion

Bill pending in California classifies ransomware as extortion

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A bill is pending in California that would designate the use of ransomware as a form of extortion.

Survey: 34% of privacy pros expect their companies to certify under Privacy Shield

Survey: 34% of privacy pros expect their companies to certify under Privacy Shield

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In a new survey, only 34 percent of privacy professionals whose companies transfer data from Europe to the U.S. said that they expected their businesses to adopt the newly approved EU-U.S. Privacy Shield.

China allows foreign tech firms to participate in creating cybersecurity standards

China allows foreign tech firms to participate in creating cybersecurity standards

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China has signaled an interest in a global approach to developing the country's cybersecurity standards for foreign technology companies.

After NSA leaks, a renewed interest in vulnerability disclosure

After NSA leaks, a renewed interest in vulnerability disclosure

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Code leaked by the Shadow Brokers group has set off calls from security researchers and tech groups for a national conversation about vulnerability disclosure policy.

Coalition opposes effort to collect social media data of visa applicants

Coalition opposes effort to collect social media data of visa applicants

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Privacy groups have opposed a proposal by DHS that would collect information about the social media presence and online activities of visa-waiver program visitors to the U.S.

NIST RFI seeks to increase public-private cooperation

NIST RFI seeks to increase public-private cooperation

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NIST issued a far-reaching request for information, seeking cybersecurity suggestions from the private sector on a range of topics.

Interior Dept. must update access control standards to meet NIST guidelines - report

Interior Dept. must update access control standards to meet NIST guidelines - report

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The U.S. Department of the Interior must update its access controls to meet current standards, according to an inspector general report.

EPA IG won't release report on cybersecurity practices

EPA IG won't release report on cybersecurity practices

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The EPA has 30 systems that contain personally identifiable information (PII), according to the At a Glance summary of the inspector general's report.

Authorities blocked from accessing accused's iPhone

Authorities blocked from accessing accused's iPhone

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A man sitting in jail on charges of sex trafficking was ordered by a federal judge to unlock his iPhone, but so far his attorney has succeeded in blocking the order on constitutional grounds.

EFF lawsuit challenges DMCA Section 1201

EFF lawsuit challenges DMCA Section 1201

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The EFF filed an injunction against the DoJ, Library of Congress, Copyright Office and U.S. officials, challenging Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

U.S. proposals could allow foreign warrants to US firms

U.S. proposals could allow foreign warrants to US firms

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The White House is discussing proposals with U.S. allies that could allow foreign governments to serve search warrants requesting email and wiretap information to US companies.

Rep. Speier introduces federal revenge porn bill today

Rep. Speier introduces federal revenge porn bill today

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Rep. Jackie Speier(D-Calif.) today introduced the Intimate Privacy Protection Act, or revenge porn bill, that will make it a crime to knowingly distribute sexually explicit images of someone without their consent.

UN extends human rights to online world

UN extends human rights to online world

The United Nations has passed a resolution calling for human rights to be counted online as well as off, citing the internet as an important medium for free speech and free assembly. The resolution was not without its opponents, though.

California bill would outlaw ransomware

California bill would outlaw ransomware

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A bill has been introduced in California that would officially outlaw the felonious use of ransomware.

Ninth Circuit ruling upholds password-sharing risk

Ninth Circuit ruling upholds password-sharing risk

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Computer users sharing their password could suddenly find themselves at risk for arrest.

State Dept. crippled by cyber practices, inconsistent messaging from U.S. agencies

State Dept. crippled by cyber practices, inconsistent messaging from U.S. agencies

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Following Comey's recommendation last week that the DoJ not bring criminal charges against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, cybersecurity practices within federal agencies have received greater scrutiny.

Women In Security - Power Players

Women In Security - Power Players

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These 10 women were selected for their longstanding contributions to the IT security space.

D.C. Court of Appeals FOIA ruling hailed as win for open gov't

D.C. Court of Appeals FOIA ruling hailed as win for open gov't

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Public files are not exempt from Freedom of Information Act disclosures simply because they are stored on a government official's private email account, the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled.

 That '70s show: Sexual harassment

That '70s show: Sexual harassment

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Sadly, what's old is new again when it comes to sexual harassment, both in the job marketplace and online, but new legislation and evolving corporate policies are fighting back against online harassment,

Bill seeks to alter nation's critical infrastructure

Bill seeks to alter nation's critical infrastructure

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Disconnecting computers used in power plants and electrical grids from the internet is being proposed in a bill before the Senate.

Obama signs FOIA reform bill into law

Obama signs FOIA reform bill into law

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The bipartisan bill, which got the nod from the House in mid-June, "codifies a statutory presumption of openness," according to a June 13 release from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

House Homeland Security Committee report calls for encryption commission

House Homeland Security Committee report calls for encryption commission

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The House Homeland Security committee issued an encryption report that supported establishing a commission to study implications of encryption and its effects on law enforcement and economic development.

Clinton pledges tech evolution

Clinton pledges tech evolution

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Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton called for administrative reform to help bring the U.S. copyright system into the digital age.

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