Privacy & Compliance News, Articles and Updates

House votes to repeal FCC privacy laws for ISPs

The House vote, which saw 15 Republicans break from party lines to oppose the measure, followed a thumbs up from the Senate earlier in the month.

Microsoft president takes stand against turning over data

"We will not help any government, including our own, hack or attack any customer anywhere," Brad Smith, the president of Microsoft, said in an interview.

The big ask: Government requests

What issues should companies be considering when it comes to handing over privileged information? Karen Epper Hoffman investigates.

A White House apology? Nah. GCHQ response to Trump claim it aided wiretap: "Nonsense"

President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claim that former President Obama ordered wiretaps of his offices in Trump Tower, received the latest in a series of rebuttals, this one from U.K.'s intelligence agency.

Brexit won't thwart GDPR prep, IAPP finds

To prepare for GDPR, two-thirds of the U.K. organizations surveyed said they were developing new internal privacy accountability frameworks while 58 percent are ponying up budget dollars to train their staffs and employees in privacy matters.

Sasse sees uptick in hack attempts after criticism of WikiLeaks

The Nebraska senator reported multiple password reset attempts in a series of tweets Saturday evening.

U.S., EU both committed to strong Privacy Shield, Ansip says

Andrus Ansip tweeted that he and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross agreed on the need for robust Privacy Shield to protect and encourage data flow.

Trump's new immigration exec order leaves EU-US Privacy Shield alone

A new executive order, aiming to curb immigration to the United States, distances itself from the data protection measures that so shocked Eeuropean privacy advocates.

EU commish puts Trump on notice about straying from Privacy Shield

Recent U.S. political developments have prompted concern that they threaten the foundation of the EU Privacy Shield.

Watching the detectors: Government demands

Government operators can put private organizations in a bind, reports Alan Earls.

NY state cybersecurity regs go into effect today, industry responds

In response to growing threats from cyberattacks to financial institutions, New York state officially implemented new regulations that require banks and insurers to meet certain cybersecurity standards.

ACLU and HRW: Recent US political developments endanger Privacy Shield

The ACLU and the HRW have penned an open letter to the European Commission claiming that recent political developments could upset the basis for the EU Privacy Shield.

No clear policy: IoT and privacy

The Senate sponsors of the DIGIT Act may have the right idea when it comes to IoT, but advocacy groups warn many thorny security and privacy issues lurk. Steve Zurier reports.

French and German MPs ask for encryption backdoors, industry says 'no'

French and German ministers ask for greater security measures, including encryption backdoors - to fight terrorism in Europe, but tech industry says it isn't possible.

Article 29 Working Party still not happy with Windows 10 privacy controls

The EU privacy watchdog has told Microsoft despite changes to the install screen, there is still no clear message of how Microsoft plans to process users' data.

Fingerprints to unlock iPhone? Judge says no.

A federal judge in Chicago issued an opinion last week that would deny the government's attempt to force Apple device owners from providing a fingerprint to unlock their device.

New Mexico close to data breach bill

New Mexico, one of three states without a data breach notification law, moved to close the gap.

Email Privacy Act goes to the Senate after House gives nod

In a voice vote, the House approved the Email Privacy Act, sending it on to the Senate for a look-see.

VIZIO coughs up $2.2M settlement to FTC, N.J. agency for unauthorized data collection via smart TVs

The company must also prominently disclose its policies for collecting and sharing data and obtain express consent from customers.

Encryption "critical" for GDPR but many deterred by complexity

Three quarters of organisations plan to expand their data protection capabilities with encryption as GDPR deadline looms.

SEC probing Yahoo over timing of breach disclosure

Did Yahoo take too long to disclose two massive data breaches? The SEC, along with other agencies, want to know.

GoDaddy website hosting service revokes nearly 9000 SSL certificates

A bug in GoDaddy issued SSL certificates has caused the hosting provider to revoke nearly 9000 certificates

House bill introduced to block government from forcing tech companies to build Muslim registry

A bill is about to be introduced in the House to block government attempts at requiring tech companies from assisting in the building of a registry of Muslims entering the country.

NSA to share raw intercepted data with other intel agencies

The National Security Agency was granted expanded powers to exchange information - gathered in its global surveillance - with the federal government's 16 other intelligence agencies.

International privacy policy: What's next?

With a new president in the U.S. and U.K. leaving the European Union, the state of privacy agreements is in flux, reports Jeremy Seth Davis.

European banking breach guidelines more strict than EU GDPR

Guidelines to payment service providers, supplied by the European Central Bank, call for reporting of a breach within two hours compared to the EU GDPR requirement for reporting within 72 hours.