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October 29, 2014

Social Engineering, Data Breaches & Top Execs

Unless major businesses realize that even top executives need training to understand that they could be targeted to be the “vector” for an attack, major data breaches will continue, a Justice Department official said Wednesday.

Jonathan J. Rusch, deputy chief for strategy and policy at the Justice Department’s fraud section, talked about social engineering at a panel discussion hosted by the Identity Theft Resource Center related to a new identity theft report from the group.

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October 28, 2014

Data Breach Watchers See Conundrum in Data Breach Consumer Protection Measures

If it’s likely that consumers affected by data breaches don’t feel any direct harms from them, could that be having an effect on data security efforts amongst retailers? CQ Roll Call’s Rob Margetta reports  (subscription required) that data breach watchers see a conundrum in the laws and regulations designed to protect consumers in the event of data breaches, with industry filling in the gaps.

Margetta writes:

Breaches are serious – they cost millions and companies and consumers never know if stolen data might come back to bite them years afterward. Once data’s in the wild, there’s no telling how it can be used.

But the same measures that keep consumers protected also keep them complacent.

According to Margetta, while some in the financial sector contend that this public disconnect has led to a lack of scrutiny in data security, retailers say that’s not the case.

October 27, 2014

The Week Ahead: Yelp’s CEO, Cybersecurity & Identity Theft

Events on cybersecurity and identity theft are on tap this week and Yelp’s Jeremy Stoppelman stops by 1776.

Monday

The State Educational Technology Directors Association and the National Association of State Boards of Education host a day-long education technology event.

Tuesday

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a day-long cybersecurity forum.

The Progressive Policy Institute hosts an event on wireless policy.

Wednesday

The Identity Theft Resource Center hosts an event related to a survey they’re releasing on the impacts of identity theft on victims.

Thursday

Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy & Technology hosts a day-long event on the Privacy Act and the 1974 amendments to the Freedom of Information Act.

1776 hosts a discussion with Jeremy Stoppelman, co-founder and chief executive officer of Yelp.

October 20, 2014

The Week Ahead: ‘Right to Be Forgotten,’ Net Neutrality and Cybersecurity

Events on the “right to be forgotten,” net neutrality are cybersecurity are on tap for this week.

Monday

Georgetown University holds a panel event on the “right to be forgotten.”

Tuesday

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai holds a net neutrality forum at Texas A&M University.

Wednesday

The Atlantic Council hosts an event on the current landscape of cyber threats.

Microsoft hosts a panel discussion on cybersecurity and state and local governments.

The Brookings Institution holds a panel discussion on the 1934 Communications Act.

Thursday

The George Washington University Law School holds an event on net neutrality and global Internet freedom.

October 17, 2014

Weekly Wrapup: Encryption, Patent Office and Robots

FBI Director James B. Comey’s remarks on encryption and law enforcement access to data, the nomination of Michelle K. Lee to head the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and a Q&A on robots and the law were among the highlights from the last few days. Check out the Mid-Week Catchup for happenings from earlier this week.

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October 15, 2014

Mid-Week Catchup: Drones, Dropbox and “Double Irish” Tax Arrangements

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A drone flies over vineyards of the Pape Clement castle, belonging to Bordeaux winemaker Bernard Magrez in the soutwestern French town of Pessac. (JEAN PIERRE MULLER/AFP/Getty Images)

In case you missed it, some highlights from news this week include stories about Dropbox, drones and “Double Irish” tax arrangements.

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How Should the Government Approach Self-Driving Cars?

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An interior view of a Google self-driving car is seen in Mountain View, California, on May 13, 2014. (GLENN CHAPMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

When thinking about possible privacy and security-related regulation of intelligent vehicle technologies, the Mercatus Center’s Adam Thierer wants to see voluntary best practices along with evolving common law, as opposed to passing laws he contends could quickly become outdated.

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October 10, 2014

Weekly Recap: Net Neutrality, Mobile ‘Cramming’ and a Spacewalk

Among the highlights in happenings from the past few days: President Barack Obama talked net neutrality, AT&T Mobility agreed to a $105 million settlement over mobile “cramming” allegations, and an astronaut popular on Twitter took his first spacewalk outside the International Space Station. That and more news highlights as well as some Technocrat posts are below. For happenings from earlier this week, check out the Mid-Week Catchup.

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October 8, 2014

Mid-Week Catchup: Twitter’s Lawsuit, Student Data Privacy & AT&T’s Data Breach

Need to catch up on what’s happened in tech policy news over the past day or so? A few highlights include Twitter’s lawsuit against the federal government, student data privacy and an AT&T data breach.

  • The Software & Information Industry Association and the Future of Privacy Forum released an education privacy pledge on student data, with Microsoft and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt among the companies that signed on.  A few stories point out that some big name companies did not sign on, like Apple, Google and Pearson.

September 24, 2014

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, His Tech Interests & Five Guys

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz does a television interview from the rotunda in the Russell Senate Office Building on Oct. 28, 2013. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz sits on the House Judiciary subcommittee with jurisdiction over intellectual property and information technology issues, is a prolific user of Twitter and is interested in the intersection of security, technology and privacy.

CQ Roll Call’s updated profile of Chaffetz went online (subscription) earlier this week and a significant portion of it looks at his work and stances on tech policy issues, including: online gambling, music royalty rates and legislation that would allow states to collect sales taxes on online purchases made by residents, even when the retailer is out of state.

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