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Facebook reportedly under criminal probe for data sharing practices with ‘partners’

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Federal prosecutors reportedly are probing Facebook’s data sharing partnerships with electronics companies, including smartphone makers, and a grand jury has subpoenaed information from at least two firms. The partnerships – with more than 150 companies, according to a report by the New York Times – made it possible for the partner companies to gain access…

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ICE using automated license plate reader database to spy on immigrants

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have tapped a large surveillance database to spy on immigrants, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California. “It is appalling that ICE has added this mass surveillance database to its arsenal, and that local law enforcement agencies and private companies are aiding the agency in…

Berners-Lee says WWW needs bolstering against malicious cyberattacks, dysfunction

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At 30 years old, the World Wide Web needs a little work when it comes to cybersecurity and other issues, its creator Tim Berners-Lee said Monday. Three sources of dysfunction must be addressed, Berners-Lee wrote in an open letter: “deliberate, malicious intent, such as state-sponsored hacking and attacks, criminal behaviour, and online harassment; system design…

IoT bill would require gov’t use devices meeting cybersecurity standards

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If passed, the Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2019, introduced in the Senate and House Monday, would compel the U.S. government to purchase only devices that meet the legislation’s minimum security requirements “While I’m excited about their life-changing potential, I’m also concerned that many IoT devices are being sold without appropriate safeguards and protections in…

GOP senator checks FTC on ‘toothless’ efforts to curb Facebook, Google privacy violations

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), often lauded for its efforts to protect consumers from data breaches and privacy violations, hasn’t done enough to shield them from large tech companies like Facebook and Google, a Republican senator told the agency, calling its approach “toothless.” “The FTC has a special role to play in protecting consumers,” Sen.…

Trump proposed budget cuts will reduce R&D, hurt U.S. competitiveness, innovation

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Among the domestic spending cuts proposed in President Trump’s $4.7 trillion budget are reductions in research and development, including a 12 percent reduction in the National Science Foundation budget, which one tech think tank said could have long-term negative effects on the U.S. economy and innovation. “Public R&D is crucial both for the United States’…

Chelsea Manning jailed for refusing to testify in WikiLeaks probe

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After rebuffing a subpoena to testify before a federal grand jury as part of a WikiLeaks probe, Chelsea Manning was jailed Friday. The former Army private had served seven years of a 35-year sentence for sharing classified documents with the whistleblower site – President Obama commuted her sentence in 2017 shortly before he left office.…

International Women’s Day: A nod to women in security

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While the industry throws around a familiar – and seemingly static – statistic that women make up a mere 11-13 percent of the cybersecurity workforce, John McCumber, director of cybersecurity advocacy at ISC(2), recently told SC Media that number may be as high as 30 percent. Still, while that hints of some progress, that’s far a…

Equifax neglected cybersecurity prior to breach, Senate report finds

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On the eve of executives from Equifax CEO and Marriott appearing before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations to discuss the lessons learned from a pair of major breaches, the subcommittee released a scathing report accusing Equifax of neglect and “failing to prioritize cybersecurity,” which led to a 2017 breach that affected 145 million people.…

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