A bill (S. 2273) introduced by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) that would improve security on U.S. railroads has been approved by the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. The bill would authorize more than $1 billion in rail security improvements. Of that sum, $670 million would be allotted to help Amtrak complete security and safety upgrades to tunnels along the Eastern Seaboard. The Department of Homeland Security would be required to conduct a security assessment of rail systems in the United States.
Australia has enacted a new amendment that will broaden the definition of personal information and require more transparency from organizations on how that personal information is stored. The new law, The Privacy Regulation 2013, is part of the broader Privacy Amendment Act of 2012 and applies to companies with revenues of more than AUD 3 million that collect information, such as names, contact details, payment information, or other details related to a specific person, for any purpose.