Privacy

A new US data privacy bill aims to give you more control over information collected about you – and make businesses change how they handle data

The American Data and Privacy Protection Act cracks down on the loose data protection regulations within the U.S., limiting certain types of personal information that major companies may collect.

NSF invests $25.4M into cybersecurity and privacy research projects

The awardees will aim to strengthen open-source supply chain security, increase computing privacy for marginalized populations and ensure trustworthy cloud computing.

Federated learning uses the data right on our devices

In addition to protecting privacy, federated learning could make training machine-learning models more resource-efficient by cutting down and sometimes eliminating big data transfers.

Surveillance is pervasive: Yes, you are being watched, even if no one is looking for you

It’s important to recognize how physical and digital tracking work together.

Sales of citizen data worries lawmakers and experts alike

Expert witnesses expressed support for bills that close loopholes in existing laws, which currently allow government purchase of private data.

Amazon admits to giving police ring footage without owners’ permission

The smart-doorbell company, which has partnered with more than 2,000 law enforcement agencies, said in a letter that it shared multiple videos with police departments without first seeking user consent.

Lawmaker says 'crypto driver's license' could deter use of digital currency in ransomware

Proposed legislation calls on federal agencies to harmonize national digital identity infrastructure by leveraging biometric databases states have been building to participate in REAL ID, a standard for accepting state-issued identification.

ICE's 'surveillance dragnet' built with DMV photos, report says

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has used facial recognition to search through the driver's license photos of one in three adults in the U.S., according to a new report by Georgetown Law's Center on Privacy and Technology.

Report reveals surveillance abuses in educational technology

Four education technology companies misused surveillance software while students were using their products, resulting in contact with local law enforcement, according to a report prepared by two senators.

Proposed bill would let people know when law enforcement is surveilling them

The legislation would require law enforcement to disclose surveillance orders covering digital communications, such as e-mails and search histories, as well as more traditional calls and wiretaps. 

Compliance fatigue: Can states stay on top of privacy monitoring?

States may have crafted data privacy legislation that they don’t have the capacity to enforce, one expert suggests.

7 cyber defense use cases

Whether facing data loss, ransomware, fraud or privacy threats, agencies can leverage technology and process solutions to help them prevent and respond to attacks.

The 10 biggest doubts executives and IT managers have about the cloud

What do IT leaders have confidence in? Not government regulations, exit strategies or data privacy, according to a new survey.

Agency breaches are down, but exposed records are way up

Government has eliminated a lot of low-hanging fruit, but the number of records exposed is increasing by millions each year, according to a Rapid7 analysis.

3 simple tricks for defeating hackers on the road

In certain places, traveling feds can almost count on an attempt to steal information from their laptops. Here are ways to give them the old Willy Wonka.

Scrap the app: Smart-phone users getting wary over privacy

People are starting to get suspicious about what apps take from them, and are declining to download, a Pew study shows.

Software in some FDA laptops tracks employees’ activities

Reportedly concerned about unauthorized disclosures, FDA officials installed monitoring software on some scientists’ laptops. The scientists say the action is in retaliation for blowing the whistle.