Data Privacy

Maryland Governor Creates Privacy Officer Roles  

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan took steps to improve his state’s data privacy practices last week.  In two executive orders, the governor established the roles of State Chief Data Officer (SCDO) and State Chief Privacy Officer (SCPO). Though the positions have not been filled yet, Maryland’s Chief Information Security Officer, Chip Stewart, told Government Technology that…
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Data Privacy

Singapore’s New Data Laws Lend a Competitive Advantage

Singapore has consistently kept abreast of changing data privacy laws over the past decade. Now, its Personal Data Protection Commission has updated data privacy protection laws to give itself broader enforcement power and mandate breach notifications. And notably, intentional and accidental mishandling of data will now be categorized as a criminal offense in Singapore.   Other…
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Cybersecurity

US Customs and Border Patrol Falls Short in Data Protection 

A July 15 report by the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General reveals inadequate cybersecurity measures taken by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials. The report assessed the period between July 2017 and December 2019, and found that the personal data of over 10 million U.S. and Canadian travelers using the Mobile Passport…
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Ransomware

U.S. Government Releases Tools for Fighting Ransomware

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice, launched a new one-stop hub for ransomware guidance on July 15. The hub is designed to help the public and private sectors deal with the rising threat of ransomware, writes JD Supra. The hub includes resources for private and public organizations,…
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Cybersecurity

Federal Government Leaning Into Cybersecurity 

As Congress returns to Capitol Hill, it’s eyeing several pieces of legislation focused on cybersecurity. On the agenda: voting on a new leader for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency, (Jen Easterly’s been nominated but must be confirmed), along with two cybersecurity related bills: The Civilian Cyber Security Reserve Act (CCSRA), and the K-12 Cybersecurity Act. …
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GDPR Violators

Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Inextricable According to EU Regulators

The Wall Street Journal has reported on a developing trend in the cybersecurity and data privacy landscape: European Union regulators are cracking down on perpetrators of data privacy breaches and violators of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  In Croatia, regulators “fined an unnamed technology service provider last week because it lacked proper cyber defenses,…
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Cybersecurity

China Moves to Prioritize Data Privacy, Cybersecurity

Earlier this week, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology released draft plans for strengthening the country’s cybersecurity industry over the next three years.  It comes as part of a larger effort to shore up data privacy and governance in China, the Cyberspace Administration of China over the weekend also proposed draft rules for regulating…
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Data Privacy

Biden Asks FTC to Tackle Data Privacy in New Executive Order

In his July 9 Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy, President Biden took new steps to protect consumers’ data privacy by asking the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Federal Communication Commission, and the Department of Justice to crack down on tech giants’ anticompetitive behavior. According to the White House: “Over the past…
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United Nations Cybersecurity

UN Releases Report on First International Cybersecurity Agreement

Cybercrime has moved beyond the realm of small-time hackers looking for a quick payout. In fact, independent research from the University of Surrey indicates a 100 percent rise in cyber warfare conducted by nation states.  In response, the United Nations released a report in March that establishes guidelines for UN member states to follow when…
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