Morning Security Brief: Obama to Meet with Privacy Board, Rules of NSA Surveillance Revealed, Border Security, and More
President Obama to meet with a key privacy and civil liberties board. U.K. paper publishes information on the NSA's data collection procedures; the immigration reform bill advances; Yahoo! recycling of old e-mail addresses raises security concerns, and more.
► President Barack Obama will hold his first meeting with the little-known Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board , reports the Associated Press. "The president is also tasking the director of national intelligence, James Clapper, to consider declassifying more details about the government's collection of U.S. phone and Internet records," writes the AP.
The Guardian has posted the documents of rules that allowed the NSA to use American data without obtaining a warrant. The first document is a list of procedures used by the NSA to target non-U.S. citizens. The second document is a list of procedures used by the NSA to minimize data collection from "US persons." This document states that domestic data will be destroyed unless determined to be of significance to foreign intelligence information.
►Yahoo! has announced that it will begin recycling old e-mail addresses so that there will be more addresses available, but CNN reports that this is raising security concerns. The article lists various issues, including situations where the original user was merely using the dormant account as a security backup for a lost password. It is now being made available for others so if the initial user needs to use it again, they'll be out of luck. Security analyst Graham Cluley is quoted as stating that this is "an underhanded way to get people to reengage with the site." But "To try and calm down the pitchfork-wielding crowd, the company has released a statement describing various security measures that will be taken to insure past users’ data and security—but they may not cover all the bases," reports Techhive.
►A deal was made yesterday on the ongoing immigration reform bill that the Senate is looking at. USA Today reports that the "border surge" amendment would provide more manpower and resources, including doubling security officers and adding fencing, for the border with Mexico. The bill would provide $30 billion to double the number of border security officers. This bill addresses concerns over the mandate that the border be made more secure in order for immigration legislation to pass.
►Also in the news: The Philadelphia triathlon tightens security , and Techworld reports that "The UK government has announced a new £4 million campaign to raise awareness of how to stay safe online, as part of its National Cyber Security Programme ."