Privacy

FTC launches 'Start With Security' initiative

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The Federal Trade Commission will share lessons learned from the 54 data security cases it has brought as part of its "Start With Security" program.

FISC judge gives NSA go-ahead to resume surveillance

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A surveillance court judge ruled Monday that the NSA could temporarily resume its bulk data collection program during the transition period to the reforms of the USA Freedom Act signed into law June 2.

NEWS ALERT: OPM shuts down eQip system

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A vulnerability found in OPM's e-QIP background check system has prompted the agency to shut it down until enhanced security measures are in place.

Privacy advocates applaud Supreme Court ruling on hotel registry searches

Privacy advocates applaud Supreme Court ruling on hotel registry searches

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Justices ruled Monday that an Los Angeles ordinance, legalizing warrantless demands to inspect hotel guest registries, is unconstitutional.

Researchers design device to collect laptop encryption keys

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Israeli researchers have designed a device that picks up on laptops' radio emanations to then determine the individual users' decryption keys.

Hack grounds handful of Polish airline's flights

Hack grounds handful of Polish airline's flights

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Polish airline LOT was attacked by hackers who accessed the company's ground systems responsible for issuing flight plans.

Georgia Dept. of Education names CPO

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The Georgia Department of Education has named its Technology Management Director Levette Williams as chief privacy officer.

Revenge porn images to be removed from Google Search results upon request

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Google announced Friday that it will take steps to make revenge porn images inaccessible through its search engine.

Nine Silicon Valley firms get highest marks for best practices around consumer privacy

Nine Silicon Valley firms get highest marks for best practices around consumer privacy

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In its fifth annual "Who Has Your Back" report, the Electronic Frontier Foundation found nine of 24 companies excel in protecting privacy by requiring warrants, publishing transparency reports and adhering to other best practices.

Reddit to switch to default HTTPS encryption

Reddit to switch to default HTTPS encryption

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Reddit will officially switch to an HTTPS starting this month, joining companies like Netflix, Bing and others who will be transitioning to encrypted connections.

Senators propose bill to ban warrantless federal aerial surveillance

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Lawmakers proposed "Protecting Individuals from Mass Aerial Surveillance Act" on Wednesday to require federal authorities to obtain warrants to conduct aerial surveillance.

Amazon releases first transparency report

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Amazon issued its first transparency report on Friday with an accompanying blog post on its privacy policies.

Private security clearance info accessed in second OPM breach

Private security clearance info accessed in second OPM breach

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Officials believe Chinese operatives accessed information from SF-86 forms filled out by candidates applying for security clearance.

Senate vote falls short of approving defense act with CISA amendment

Senate vote falls short of approving defense act with CISA amendment

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Senate Republicans and Democrats traded barbs over Defense Authorization Act vote.

Attackers stole data in Bundestag breach

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A breach of Germany's lower house of parliament was worse than originally believed and yields the attackers data from multiple agencies.

OPM breach exposed SSNs, personnel records of all fed workers

OPM breach exposed SSNs, personnel records of all fed workers

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The OPM data breach likely exposed the Social Security numbers and personnel records of every federal worker and prompted a clash between members of Congress over the fate of cybersecurity legislation.

SC Congress Toronto: IoT requires thorough security plans

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Ted Harrington, executive partner at Independent Security Evaluators, discussed the Internet of Things (IoT) and how companies need to consider security throughout the production process.

Apple to require iOS 9 users to use six-digit passwords and two-step authentication

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Apple will require iOS 9 users to use six-digit passwords and two-factor authentication when signing into Apple services from a new device or browser.

IAPP salary survey shows women in privacy on par with men

IAPP salary survey shows women in privacy on par with men

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The results of the IAPP's 2015 Privacy Professional Salary Survey showed that women and men in the privacy industry pull down roughly the same salaries and follow similar career trajectories.

OMB mandates federal sites to use HTTPS connections

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All publicly accessible federal websites and web services will soon be required to provide all services through secure HTTPS connections to better protect data and to establish a consistent government-wide privacy policy.

Uber simplified privacy policies, specifies data use

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Uber has updated its privacy policies to use less legal jargon, be more concise and easier to understand.

Amnesty International issues plan to protect human rights in digital age

Amnesty International issues plan to protect human rights in digital age

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Amnesty International and Privacy International proposed a seven-point plan on Friday to help protect human rights in the digital age.

Calif. Senate approves bill requiring warrant before electronic device search

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Despite some police groups' opposition to the bill, the legislation was approved Wednesday by the state's Senate.

Study shows kids' willingness to meet people they interact with online, other security habits

Study shows kids' willingness to meet people they interact with online, other security habits

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In the survey, 27 percent of kids aged 8 to 16 said they would meet, or have met, someone in person they first interacted with online.

Florida teacher suspended without pay for using cell phone jammer in class

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A Florida high school teacher was suspended without pay for keeping a signal jammer in his class to prevent students from using their cell phones.

PCI Council releases PA-DSS 3.1, nixes SSL, early TLS

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The PCI Security Standards Council revisions to PA-DSS addresses SSL vulnerabilities.

After breach, credit bureaus, Maine AG reach settlement

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Shortly after Equifax sent out more than 300 envelopes containing confidential credit information to a Maine woman, three nationwide credit reporting agencies agree to make changes to their business processes.

Who goes there?: Tor Project

Who goes there?: Tor Project

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Misperceptions about Tor - and who is using it - are preventing its wider acceptance, says security researcher Runa Sandvik. Adam Greenberg reports..

Critic: NSA on a "very ugly path"

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After 30-plus years as an official in the National Security Agency (NSA), William Binney has been speaking out about what he sees as the "very ugly path" his former employer, along with the FBI and CIA, are currently following.

20 N.J. students charged in 'sexting' investigation

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Twenty New Jersey high school and middle school students are facing invasion of privacy charges following a "sexting" scandal.

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