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The Many Faces of Malware

- In the past, cyberthreats fit into discrete categories, such as being virus or phishing. Today, lines are blurred and malware is multifaceted and multiplying, creating a challenge for companies trying to defend against such threats.

In Privacy We Trust

- A data breach can badly bruise a company’s reputation. But when companies work hard to convince their customers that their private information is protected, it can be a boon to customer loyalty and a firm’s bottom line.

Pentagon Pulls Controversial Database Site

- "The Pentagon said Tuesday that it will shut down an antiterror database that has been criticized for improperly storing information on peace activists and others whose actions posed no threat," says an Associated Press report on MSNBC.

Privacy

- Which companies can you trust with your personal information? American Express comes in tops. In terms of industries, the airline industry lingers lowest on the list.

Privacy Lost: How Technology is Endangering Your Privacy

- This book provides a clear overview of the risks to privacy in the Digital Age, who the perpetrators are, and what we can do about it.

Data Mining

- The bill (S. 236) introduced by Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) would monitor government use of data mining has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

REAL ID

- The Senate Judiciary Committee recently held a hearing to examine the privacy and civil liberties concerns surrounding the driver's license requirements mandated under the REAL ID Act. Witnesses also evaluated two new bills - S. 717 and H.R. 1117 - that would repeal REAL ID and require a new set of standards for driver's licenses. You can read the full testimony here.

Pretexting

- A bill (H.B. 58) under consideration in the Hawaii House of Representatives would make it a felony to broker or sell customer information acquired from a telecommunication provider.

REAL ID

- Washington Governor Christine Gergoire has signed a bill (S.B. 5087) into law that blocks the implementation of a federal driver's license program, known as REAL ID. Under the new state law, Washington would implement REAL ID if it is altered to include full funding and privacy protection for state residents. Right now, the law is an unfunded mandate, and critics say that privacy issues have not been addressed.

Fusion Centers Raise Privacy Concerns

- While state fusion centers are generally lauded as a reasonable effort to improve information sharing among intelligence agencies and law enforcement, they are raising fears among civil libertarians because of the amount and type of information collected and shared. For the paper by the privacy advocacy group EPIC, click here.

Privacy

- Lawmakers in the Missouri Senate have introduced a bill (S. 2) that would make it illegal to knowingly receive, sell, or obtain personal health information on anyone without their consent.

Data Mining

- Proponents and opponents of the use of data mining for predicting terrorist events faced off at a congressional hearing. Read their testimonies and judge for yourself which argument cites the best data points.

A New Perspective on Protecting Personal Data

- A trio of computer scientists at Stanford University is developing a conceptual framework for understanding privacy expectations and their implications using the tenets of a principle called contextual integrity.
 




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