Spy law needs significant changes, says UK parliamentary committee

BBC.com,  Thursday, February 11, 2016

Ministers say the changes will help to catch terrorists and tackle organised crime by updating laws to fit the new technology being used by criminals. But civil liberties campaigners claim the measures contained in it amount to mass surveillance of UK citizens - and that the committee's report meant the home secretary needed to go "back to the drawing board".

Cybersecurity Workforce Handbook Released

Center for Internet Security,  Thursday, February 11, 2016

Along with the ongoing refinement of cybersecurity roles at the individual level, the Center for Internet Security (CIS) supports workforce management at the enterprise level. In line with that goal, CIS produced the Cybersecurity Workforce Handbook: A Practical Guide to Managing Your Workforce." This handbook is designed to be a ready reference for executives, hiring managers often in information technology (IT) and security functions and human resources (HR) professionals charged with managing the planning, sourcing, hiring, training, development, career progression, and sustainment of the cybersecurity workforce.

Key privacy bill heads to president's desk

Cory Bennett, the Hill,  Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Judicial Redress Act has long been a stated requirement of a law enforcement data-sharing “umbrella agreement" that would allow the U.S. and EU to exchange more information during criminal and terrorism investigations.

Senate passes privacy bill key to two international agreements

Katie Bo Williams, The Hill,  Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Senate late on Tuesday passed a privacy bill that is considered integral to a pending transatlantic data transfer pact with the European Union. The so-called Judicial Redress Act, which gives EU citizens the right to challenge misuse of their personal data in U.S. court, is also a prerequisite of a law enforcement data-sharing “umbrella” agreement reached last fall.

Facebook Told by France to Stop Collecting Non-User Data

Stephanie Bodoni, Bloomberg Business,  Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Facebook Inc. was given three months by France’s privacy watchdog to stop storing data on people who don’t have an account with the social network as the company continues to draw objections from regulators throughout Europe. The operator of the world’s largest social network can track online users across all the sites they visit without obtaining clear consent, France’s data protection regulator, CNIL, said in a statement late Monday. “The seriousness of the failures” and the company’s more than 30 million Facebook users in France forced it to make the decision public, the regulator said.

Four 2016 federal IT predictions: It’s all about the data

Rob Stein, Federal News Radio,  Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Cloud computing has changed the speed and the efficiency at which data can be processed. But it has also changed the way in which data is moved, stored and managed. Make no mistake: Data is any agency’s most important asset and managing that data most effectively is vital. Based on our work with government agencies over the past year, we have developed four federal IT predictions for 2016 and beyond.

Data isolationism will hold back the cloud

David Linthicum, InfoWorld,  Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Politicians and government want to keep data in the country of origin, but doing so will make the cloud less viable. The essence of cloud computing is to provide utility-based computing services that use any cloud resource available. If it's in another country, so be it. But the data-management laws come from a very different perspective: that of data isolation.

Distrust of US surveillance threatens data deal

Katie Bo Williams, The Hill,  Monday, February 08, 2016

If the European working group is not satisfied with the assurances from the Commerce Department, the consequences could be dire. Businesses fear a chilling of transatlantic trade, valued at $1 trillion in 2014. The most likely outcome, experts say, would be a patchwork of country-to-country regulations that would make it extremely expensive for companies to comply.

Swords and shields

The Economist,  Friday, February 05, 2016

Perhaps even more important, the Privacy Shield may stop the slide towards the fragmentation of cyberspace along national lines. Since its inception, the internet has struggled to stay a borderless space for ideas and commerce. Countries such as China have established what they see as sovereignty over their computers and networks, protecting themselves from threats such as “information weapons” (also known as “news”). Others are itching to follow. If America and the EU, with their shared history, interests and values, could not reach agreement over safeguarding their citizens’ data, there would be little hope for anyone else.

Email privacy legislation moving forward in House

Mario Trujillo, The Hill,  Thursday, February 04, 2016

The House Judiciary Committee will vote next month on email privacy legislation that has failed to move despite widespread support in recent years. Committee Chairman Bob Goddlatte (R-Va.) on Wednesday said the legislation is necessary to update a 1986 law to explicitly require the government to obtain a warrant when it is seeking to access emails or other electronic communications. “It’s clear that the law needs to be modernized and updated to ensure it keeps pace with ever-changing technologies so that we protect Americans’ constitutional rights and provide law enforcement with the tools they need for criminal investigations in the digital age,” he said in a statement.