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FTC Issues Biennial Report to Congress on the National Do Not Call Registry

News release: “The Federal Trade Commission has issued its biennial report to Congress on the use of the Do Not Call Registry by both consumers and businesses over the past two years. As of September 30, 2015, the National Do Not Call Registry had more than 222 million active registrations, an increase of more thanContinue Reading

Digital Preservation Coalition Report – Personal Digital Archiving

Digital Preservation Coalition Technology Watch Report ‘Personal Digital Archiving’, by Gabriela Redwine, Digital Archivist at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. “This free peer-reviewed report is aimed at individuals who are concerned about how best to manage and preserve their own personal digital archives, as well as professionals who advise peopleContinue Reading

A Victory for Privacy and Transparency: HRW v. DEA

EFF – “A Victory for Privacy and Transparency: HRW v. DEA – In a victory for millions of people in the U.S. who have placed telephone calls to locations overseas, EFF and Human Rights Watch have confirmed that the Drug Enforcement Administration’s practice of collecting those records in bulk has stopped and that the onlyContinue Reading

Annual Assessment of IRS Information Technology Program

Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Annual Assessment of the Internal Revenue Service Information Technology Program, September 30, 2015. Reference Number: 2015-20-094 “For FY 2015, TIGTA designated Security for Taxpayer Data and Employees as the IRS’s number one management and performance challenge for the fifth consecutive year. The IRS faces the daunting task of securingContinue Reading

Federal Court Lifts Gag Order on National Security Letter Recipient

EPIC – “For the first time, a federal court has lifted a national security letter gag order, allowing an Internet Service Provider to publish the FBI’s demands for records of user web browsing history, IP addresses, online purchases, and location information. The FBI issues thousands of NSLs each year, forcing companies to disclose troves ofContinue Reading

Want to Obtain FBI Records a Little Quicker? Try New eFOIA System

“The FBI recently began open beta testing of eFOIA, a system that puts Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests into a medium more familiar to an ever-increasing segment of the population. This new system allows the public to make online FOIA requests for FBI records and receive the results from a website where they haveContinue Reading

Oversight Committee Announces FITARA Scorecard

“Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a scorecard assigning letter grades to federal agencies on their implementation of the bipartisan Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), enacted in December 2014. Full Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), IT Subcommittee Chairman Will Hurd (R-TX) and Ranking Member Robin Kelly (D-IL), and GovernmentContinue Reading

Dept. of Interior OIG Memo Cites Recurring Network Cyberattacks

Inspector General’s Statement Summarizing the Major Management and Performance Challenges Facing the U.S. Department of the Interior Report No. 2015-ER-068. November 9, 2015. “External threats to Federal information systems are persistent and increasing, and the risk for real damage is high. Because of the large size of its networks, and because those networks contain sensitiveContinue Reading

23andMe Transparency Report

Along with other companies that provide paid services to customers that comprise the collection and identification of sensitive PII specific to health and genealogy issues, such as Ancestry.com, there is increasing focus on how this information can impact individuals at work, for security reasons, and when attempting to qualify for various types of insurance. 23andMeContinue Reading

OMB – Federal Information Security Modernization Act Audit FY 2015

“In FY 2015 OPM was the victim of a massive data breach that involved the theft of sensitive personal information of millions of individuals. For many years we have reported critical weaknesses in OPM’s ability to manage its information technology (IT) environment, and warned that the agency was as an increased risk of a dataContinue Reading

Cell Phone Location Tracking Laws By State

ACLU: “Location records can reveal an enormous of information about a person, especially with the proliferation of smartphones that constantly track our whereabouts. Because privacy laws haven’t kept up with advances in technology, police have long claimed the authority to access this information from cell phone companies without warrants. That’s changing. While Congress and theContinue Reading

Guiding Principles on Privacy and Security of Personal Wellness Data

Consumer Electronics Association: “Wellness-related wearable devices represent one of the fastest-growing segments of the Internet of Things. Consumers now harness data about themselves — calories, steps, heart rate, and more — to improve their well-being. In the future, these devices will tell consumers even more about themselves, providing analytics and insights that will empower themContinue Reading