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Category Archives: E-Records

Site documents biggest data breaches in history

Biggest data breaches in history – Dave Albaugh – Data breaches, 2004-2016 – “With a history of more than 5,000 data breaches over the last 12 years, it’s a safe bet that any electronic information relating to you is either at risk or has already been compromised at least once. As James Comey, the director… Continue Reading

Cyberattacks at major law firms highlight security gaps

WSJ.com, Sara Randazzo: “Major U.S. law firms have become more vigilant in recent years about the risks of cyberattacks, but revelations this week of a major hack on two New York firms are a reminder that the industry remains vulnerable. The Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office unsealed a criminal indictment Tuesday against three Chinese men accused… Continue Reading

Intel agencies sued for records on Russian election interference

Follow-up to previous posting – Unreleased CIA assessment concludes Russia aided Trump – via The Hill – Lydia Wheeler, December 27, 2016: “A lawsuit has been filed against the CIA, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence seeking records pertaining to Russia’s interference in the presidential… Continue Reading

New Report: Making Citizen-Generated Data Work

Open Knowledge International Blog: “We are pleased to announce a new research series investigating how citizens and civil society create data to drive sustainable development. The series follows on from earlier papers on Democratising The Data Revolution and how citizen-generated data can change what public institutions measure. The first report “Making Citizen-Generated Data Work” asks what… Continue Reading

Disclosure 2.0: Can Technology Solve Overload, Complexity, and Other Information Failures?

Gerding, Erik F., Disclosure 2.0: Can Technology Solve Overload, Complexity, and Other Information Failures? (August 1, 2016). Tulane Law Review, Vol. 90, No. 5, 2016. Available for download at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2889598 “In recent years, securities law scholars have either renewed an old attack on mandatory issuer disclosure or questioned the effectiveness of securities disclosure in… Continue Reading

NIST – Guide for Cybersecurity Event Recovery

NIST Special Publication 800-184 Guide for Cybersecurity Event Recovery, 2016. Michael Bartock, Jeffrey Cichonski, Murugiah Souppaya, Matthew Smith, Greg Witte. Karen Scarfone. https://doi.org/10.6028/NIST.SP.800-184 “bstract – In light of an increasing number of cybersecurity events, organizations can improve resilience by ensuring that their risk management processes include comprehensive recovery planning. Identifying and prioritizing organization resources helps… Continue Reading

Locate public records in Arizona

“Government officials increasingly are conducting the public’s business in the shadows. Journalists and citizens are routinely denied even the most basic public records: city budgets and bids, law enforcement reports, court records. Many times, officials and citizens don’t understand or know the law around public records. Other times, officials know the law but create artificial… Continue Reading

House Intel Committee Releases Declassified Snowden Report

News release: “The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence today released a declassified version of its investigative report on Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who fled to China and then Russia after stealing an estimated 1.5 million classified documents. The report, including redactions for classified information, was the result of a two-year… Continue Reading

PersonalData.IO helps you get access to your personal data

“PersonalData.IO is a free and open platform for citizens to track their personal data and understand how it is used by companies. It is part of the MyData movement, promoting a human-centric approach to personal data management. A lot of readers of this blog will be familiar with Freedom of Information laws, a legal mechanism… Continue Reading

West Virginia Univ. – New database to track millions of public policies

“Policymakers, researchers and journalists alike will soon have access to roughly 4.2 million state government decisions in a single database. West Virginia University political science researcher, William Franko, a professor in the Rockefeller School of Politics and Policy, is part of a research team collecting every legislative bill, executive rule and judicial decision across all 50 states,… Continue Reading

EPA Launches Clean Water Act Jurisdictional Website

Clean Water Act Approved Jurisdictional Determinations – “This site is currently in beta testing. Please send us your feedback. See the Frequent Questions for more information. This website presents information on approved jurisdictional determinations (JDs) made by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Clean Water… Continue Reading

Report – Law Enforcement Use of Cell-Site Simulation Technologies: Privacy Concerns and Recommendations

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform U.S. House of Representatives 114th Congress – Law Enforcement Use of Cell-Site Simulation Technologies: Privacy Concerns and Recommendations. Committee Staff Report. Hon. Jason Chaffetz, Chairman; Hon. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member; Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. December 19, 2016. “…During the course of the investigation, it became clear… Continue Reading