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(Jul 27, 2016) The Office of Management and Budget will release on July 28 in the Federal Register an update to Circular A-130, a document that regulates how the federal government manages its information, the White House said in a press release. “Today’s update to Circular A-130 gathers in one resource a wide range of policy updates for federal agencies regarding cybersecurity, information governance, privacy, records management, open data, and acquisitions,” the release states. Most interesting for privacy p... Read More

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DOC, IAPP launch online Privacy Shield info centers

(Jul 27, 2016) This morning, the U.S. Department of Commerce launched its Privacy Shield website, where organizations can begin self-certifying to Shield on Aug.1. Also this morning, the IAPP Resource Center launched its EU-U.S. Privacy Shield practice guide including the official texts of the framework, steps companies can begin to take toward certification, insight from experts and what to expect for Shield going forward — plus a pretty cool timeline of coverage from the beginnings of Max Schrems’ Europe v. Facebook advocacy group to the passage of Privacy Shield. Normally available only to IAPP members, in an effort to help organizations take advantage of the nine-month grace period offered to those that self-certify by Sept. 30, this page and the resources on it will be open to all until that date. Read More

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CSIS study finds 82 percent of organizations have cybersecurity worker shortage

(Jul 27, 2016) Fast Company reports on the growing need for cybersecurity professionals in the workforce. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said demand for cybersecurity jobs is expected to rise 53 percent over the next two years. A new study released by the Center for Strategic and International Studies examined the cybersecurity workforce shortage on a worldwide scale, looking at trends in eight countries, including the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, and Mexico. The CSIS study found 82 p... Read More

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Op-ed: Exploring the motives of data-breach brokers

(Jul 27, 2016) In an op-ed for Motherboard, Troy Hunt discusses his interactions with so-called data-breach brokers. Hunt, who runs Have I Been Pwned?, said some of the hackers who deliver him data are data hoarders, while others have darker objectives. “But there are also those who seek to commoditise the data. They’re looking for remuneration to redistribute hacked accounts either privately or via darknet marketplaces. Others create shady services with a thin veneer of legitimacy to capitalize on the misfort... Read More

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UK intelligence agencies’ lawyers defend surveillance programs

(Jul 27, 2016) Lawyers for U.K. intelligence agencies, including MI5, MI6 and GCHQ, said the surveillance efforts of those organizations are vital to combating terrorism, Bloomberg Technology reports. Responding to a lawsuit from advocacy group Privacy International over the lawfulness of the U.K. government’s actions, the lawyers said without the surveillance methods, the agencies "would be less effective in protecting the U.K. against threats such as terrorism, cyber threats or espionage." Privacy International lawyers said adequate measures aren’t in place to ensure the organizations don’t overstep their boundaries. "There are no sufficient safeguards to challenge the aggressive and expansive interpretation of the security services legal powers," Privacy International lawyer Thomas De La Mare said. Read More

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White House’s new cyberattack directive faces criticisms

(Jul 27, 2016) The White House and FBI issued official releases Tuesday on the new cyberattack directive, but cybersecurity professionals are voicing their criticisms of it, The Christian Science Monitor reports. One issue professionals see with the color-coded system is it’s oversimplification of the complexity of a cyberattack. "There [are] a lot of hacks that, over time, seem to affect a national or foreign policy interest — and we’re going to have to be more flexible and creative about the way these agenci... Read More

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Blockchain vendors working to temper banks’ fears

(Jul 27, 2016) American Banker reports blockchain vendors are working to assuage fears banks may have regarding the technology’s transparency. While private blockchain transactions currently in development are only allowed for trusted entities to participate, banks are concerned about revealing sensitive information to their competition. Blockchain vendors are working to restore privacy in distributed ledgers by permitting users to encrypt important information, or completely leave them off the chains, despite... Read More

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CNN case deserves a second look, EPIC contends

(Jul 27, 2016) The Electronic Privacy Information Center has called on a federal court to reopen the case against CNN’s mobile app, maintaining that its use of an iPhone's Media Access Control address is more invasive than accessing a user’s name, MediaPost reports. "For example, the name 'Ryan Perry' is insufficient on its own to identify which of the 425 Ryan Perrys in the United States brought this lawsuit," EPIC said in a friend-of-the-court brief. "But a unique, persistent identifier such as a device’s MA... Read More

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Court orders Yahoo to explain email access in drug trafficking case

(Jul 27, 2016) Magistrate Judge Maria-Elena James has requested Yahoo explain how it accessed emails that were thought to be deleted for use in a case against a U.K. drug trafficker, Threatpost reports. The plaintiff “claims Yahoo circumvented British law and included four ‘snapshots’ of content from the email account,” as he never actually sent an email through the service, the report states. While “Yahoo claims the ‘snapshots’ were files created by the company as part of its email autosave feature, which keeps versions of email drafts on its email server for ‘periodic intervals,’” the attorney maintains that Yahoo broke British surveillance law. Yahoo must respond to the court order by Aug. 31. Read More

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Drone program between British government, Amazon criticized

(Jul 27, 2016) Amazon has announced a joint program with the British government to test a drone delivery service for packages purchased on the online store, the BBC reports. While the move aims to tackle the privacy and security concerns that surround drone use, among other industry issues, critics maintain that the alliance between the two groups isn’t enough. "We need a broader societal discussion; not just the government and Amazon getting into a huddle for the sake of the economy,” said Sheffield University professor Noel Sharkey. Security is also an issue. "All information is stealable and all drones hackable,” he adds. "Anybody could steal one to deliver drugs or bombs.” Read More

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