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Top 10 Security Challenges for 2017

The first half of 2017 has not exactly been a ride in the park for cybersecurity professionals.

Justice presses DreamHost for info on visitors to Trump protest site

A court in the District of Columbia authorized a search warrant for information on those who partipated in or organized a January 20 protest that erupted in violent confrontation and resulted in more than 200 arrests.

GoDaddy, Google shut down neo-Nazi site

GoDaddy gave the Daily Stormer 24 hours to find another host after the neo-Nazi site violated its rules, but Anonymous moved more swiftly. By afternoon Google had also yanked the site's registration.

Disney sued, accused of violating child data privacy laws

Disney is being hit with a class action lawsuit for allegedly violating the COPPA laws by capturing children's data and selling it to third parties.

Secret Service drone may compromise privacy while protecting Trump

While the agency will notify members of the club that a drone will be in use, others in the area might not be aware that the surveillance tool is nearby.

Apple pulls VPN apps from China App Store

It appears that all major VPN apps for iOS have been removed in a move that ExpressVPN said aids China in its censorship efforts.

Putin signs law prohibiting VPNs, anonymizers

The law, which already has been approved by the country's lower house of parliament, the Duma, goes into effect November 1.

Election Integrity commission moves forward; Kobach spurns ACLU request

With the exception of Arkansas, the states originally balked at proving the data requested by the commission, concerned that voter privacy would be compromised and that the information would be used to suppress votes.

White House reveals contact info on voters concerned about privacy

The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, led by Vice Chairman Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State, had invited comments on its probe of voter fraud, in which the commission had requested a wide range of voter data from all 50 states.

Congressional Black Caucus bill try would thwart election integrity commission

Opponents of the commission fear the data gathered will be used to suppress votes. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., one of the lawmakers who introduced the bill, vowed the U.S. would not go backwards.

Election commission halts data collection

The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity took to the court Monday, saying it will wait until a judge addresses the EPIC request for a temporary restraining order.

House of Lords to report on post-Brexit GDPR, Germany first to enact GDPR

The GDPR klaxon rings: Germany becomes the first country to pass the GDPR through its legislative process, as Lords in the UK release a report on what post-Brexit GDPR will look like.

ACLU New Mexico sues Albuquerque PD for info on StingRay use

The ACLU wants all records pertaining to the purchase and use of StingRays.

Facebook privacy suit nixed, can track user online activity after log out

Judge Edward Davila said the plaintiffs could have protected their browsing histories.

ICO, surprisingly, doesn't lose its mind over NHS DeepMind experiment

Despite ruling that the Royal Free NHS Trust failed to comply with data protection laws in its experiment with Google DeepMind, the ICO has not slapped the trust with a fine, saying, "The Data Protection Act is not a barrier to innovation."

FTC chair calls for 'regulatory humility' for connected vehicles

FTC chief Maureen K. Ohlhausen told an NHTSA workshop on consumer privacy and security issues raised by automated and connected vehicles that the commission's focus should be on protecting personal information.

Don't repeal net neutrality, ISPs tell FCC

The battle over control of the internet pathways - and who has rights to customer data - rages on.

11th Circuit to begin hearing LabMD appeal

The appeal could have considerable bearing on FTC enforcement going forward as the court determines whether the commission must prove concrete injury to consumers before it takes action.

$130K settlement against CoPilot for breach violation

Following its delay in notifying patients affected by a data breach, CoPilot Provider Support Services will pay $130,000 as a condition of a settlement with New York's attorney general.

FOIA suit against FBI seeks Trump file

Property of the People, as part of its Operation 45 transparency and accountability project, wants the FBI to hand over anything in its files on Trump from June 14, 1946 until June 15, 2015.

200 million voters exposed via RNC contractor breach

Information of nearly 200 million registered voters compiled for the Republican National Committee (RNC) was exposed on a database and accessible without a password.

Apple's Safari update will boost privacy

Among the product announcements made at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on Monday was a new technology being added to its Safari web browser intended to protect user privacy.

Printer dots used to track NSA leaker Reality Winner, perhaps

A little known method of tracking a user's identity has been revealed in the case of Reality Leigh Winner, the 25-year-old whistleblower who leaked a classified document to the media from her office at an NSA subcontractor.

Supreme Court will take up first cellphone data location case

Carpenter v. United States seeks to challenge what lawyers representing defendantTimothy Carpenter say is government overreach.

Lawmakers in Germany push for encryption-busting trojan in lead up to election

With a federal election scheduled for September, government officials in Germany are pressing for expanded hacking powers be granted to law enforcement agencies.

U.S. and Europe more prepared for fast-approaching GDPR than the U.K.

Despite the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect 12 months from now, the majority of European and US businesses are still inadequately prepared and at risk of incurring costly non-compliance fines.

Mixed response from IT security pros following release of Cybersecurity Executive Order

The president's executive order on cybersecurity has drawn immediate, if mixed reactions, from cybersecurity pros who either praise it for providing much-needed guidance or criticize it for falling short.