Tag Archives: privacy

Matt Goodrich: FedRAMP Cloud Security Requirements to be Updated

The General Services Administration has collaborated with the departments of Homeland Security and Defense to update the government-wide FedRAMP cloud security accreditation program, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. Jason Miller writes that FedRAMP 2.0 will include baseline controls based on the National Institute of Standards and Technology‘s new guidance for …

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White House Requests Public Input On Big Data Privacy

The Office of Science and Technology Policy has launched a federal review to examine big data management issues that it believes could shape future policies on citizen privacy, Nextgov reported Thursday. Joseph Marks writes the review will be led by John Podesta, a White House counselor, and work to gather …

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HHS, VA Demo EHR Info Sharing Standards; Joy Pritts Comments

The department of Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs tested standards for sharing of sensitive health information between healthcare providers, in line with laws governing the use of electronic health records. HHS said this demonstration was a segment of the Data Segmentation for Privacy Initiative, assembled as a response …

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Proposed Rules Would Require Privacy Training for Contractors

The Defense Department, NASA and the General Services Administration are proposing regulations that would require contractors to complete training that addresses privacy protection, in accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, and the handling and safeguarding of personally identifiable information. The regulation, published in the Oct. 14 Federal Register, would …

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Lawmakers Want FTC Probe of Website Tracking Files

Two House lawmakers are asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the use of so-called supercookies on websites, files that users do not know are on their computers. Reps. Joe Barton (R-Tx.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.), co-chairmen of the Congressional Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus, sent a letter Monday to FTC Chairman …

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TSA Buying New Imaging Machines, Says Privacy Protected

The Transportation Security Administration announced Wednesday it is spending $44.8 million to purchase new imaging machines it claims will eliminate passenger-specific images and enhance privacy. TSA ordered 300 of the millimeter wave Advanced Imaging Technology machines for deployment at airports across the country. TSA said it began installing software on …

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IRS E-Help Desk Not Always Protecting Taxpayer Privacy, IG Finds

Assistors at the Internal Revenue Service’s e-help desk are not always taking the required steps to protect the confidentiality of taxpayer information, a Treasury Department audit found. In a report dated July 28 and posted Monday, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found managers do not always hold employees …

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Proposed Law Would Criminalize ‘Misuse’ of Full-body Scanner Images

Two Democratic senators have proposed a law that would make it a federal crime to “misuse images” recorded by the Transportation Security Administration’s full-body scanners. Sens. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) offered the legislation as an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration’s reauthorization bill currently before the …

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