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Sen. John Howley Proposes Bill to Protect National Security, Sensitive Personal Data

Sen. John Hawley, R-Mo., has proposed legislation that seeks to protect U.S. citizens' personal data from hostile foreign nations that may pose security risks. The National Security and Personal Data Protection Act would prohibit the transmission of user data or encryption keys to foreign countries such as China and storage of information there, Hawley's office said Monday.

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Federal Trade Commission Reports on Fraud Cases

The Federal Trade Commission has reached a new record in the number of received complaints regarding government imposters. FTC said Monday that it received 46,600 complaints in May on cases of scammers posing as government representatives, with a total of 176,200 complaints on the issue filed in 2019 as of spring.

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GAO: Feds Need New Guidance to Protect Online Applications

A new report by the Government Accountability Office calls for new guidance on implementing alternative methods for knowledge-based verification to better secure online applications for government benefits. 

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DOJ Inspector General Recommends on FBI’s Text Data Collection

The Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General has found that the FBI has not collected a standard amount of text messages from over 31,000 agency-issued mobile devices. DOJ OIG said it attributes its initial observation to a database with plain text repository for a significant percentage of messages, indicating a problem with FBI Enterprise Security Operations Center's data collection tool.

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NOAA to Implement ‘Tiered’ Approach for Commercial Sensing Data Protection Review

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will adopt a three-tier approach to assess data protection plans from commercial entities seeking license to operate remote sensing satellite systems, SpaceNews reported Wednesday. A NOAA advisory panel composed of government, academic and industry professionals recommended the tiered approach that the agency intends to begin …

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US, EU Complete 1st Data Protection Framework Review

U.S. government and European Union officials have concluded the first annual review of a joint framework that governs the transfer and protection of data between the U.S. and EU. The review covered commercial, national security and legal aspects of the Privacy Shield Framework that was established last year, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur …

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NIST Publishes Final Version of Cryptography Standards and Guidelines Document

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has made available the final version of its cryptography standards and guidelines document as part of the agency’s efforts to standardize the development process of the data protection technology. NIST said Thursday the final Cryptographic Standards and Guidelines Development Process document comes after the publication of the …

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Report: Security Expert Uncovers Open Database of Nearly 200M US Voter Records

Texas-based computer security researcher Chris Vickery has discovered online personal data of approximately 191 million registered U.S. voters that he believes have potentially been exposed by a database misconfiguration, CSO Online reported Monday. Steve Ragan writes Vickery found the open repository lists full names of voters and their residential addresses, dates of birth, …

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DARPA Explores New Methods to Secure Personal, Business Information

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to partner with industry to develop tools or methods to protect sensitive personal information and corporate trade secrets, Military & Aerospace Electronics reported Tuesday. John Keller writes DARPA will hold an industry event on March 12 to discuss the agency’s upcoming Brandeis cybersecurity research …

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