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EFF Challenges National Security Letter Statute

July 22, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

Under the national security letter statute, the FBI can issue demands for records and gag provisions without court authorization, and recipient telecommunications and financial companies have no way to determine whether and how the government might be overreaching or otherwise abusing its authority...

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NLRB Issues Report on Employer Social Media Policies

July 19, 2012 Added by:David Navetta

Specifically, in the latest report, among other issues, the NLRB thoroughly discusses prohibitions on disclosing confidential and proprietary information, posting photographs and other content that depicts other people, and requiring reporting of policy violations. Here are some important take-aways...

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The Compliance Professional as a Trusted Advisor

July 18, 2012 Added by:Thomas Fox

Compliance is ar form of risk you can measure, evaluate and then manage. If the risk becomes too great, that may create an unacceptable level which your company will not tolerate. One of your key roles of a compliance practitioner is to reduce the level of risk which your company cannot or will not tolerate...

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Coders Rights at Risk in the European Parliament

July 18, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

By identifying and disclosing vulnerabilities, coders are able to improve security for every user who depends on information systems for their daily life and work. Yet recently, European Parliament debated legislation that threatens to create legal woes for researchers who expose security flaws...

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AttacksTargeting Activists Uses Blackshades Trojan

July 16, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

A new campaign using Blackshades Remote Controller has been discovered via a message sent from a compromised Skype account. This malware gives an attacker the ability to execute arbitrary code on the infected computer. There is no guarantee that the attacker has not installed additional malicious software...

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Cybersecurity, Scare Tactics, and Sacrificing Privacy

July 13, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

Efforts to break the partisan stalemate over the Cybersecurity Act, a bill that would allow Internet companies to monitor the communications of users and pass that data to the government without any judicial oversight, have backers of the bill attempting to drum up fears about catastrophic cyberattacks...

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No Data Retention Mandate in Smith’s New Legislation

July 12, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

A controversial, anti-privacy data retention mandate is notably absent from the child protection bill recently introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith. Smith had previously introduced H.R. 1981, which would have mandated that ISPs collect and maintain data on Internet users not suspected of any crime...

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FCC Seeks Public Comment on Mobile Data Collection Policies

July 10, 2012 Added by:David Navetta

The FCC revived an inquiry first launched in 2007 to investigate telecom carriers’ practices regarding the privacy and security of information stored on mobile communications devices, prompted by the recent controversy in which software installed on mobile phones was shown to be collecting data from customers...

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Lessons Learned for the Compliance Practitioner

July 09, 2012 Added by:Thomas Fox

The DOJ recently announced the resolution of a compliance matter involving violations by Data Systems & Solutions LLC. In reading the Criminal Information, this was no one-off or rogue employee situation, this was a clear, sustained and well known scheme that went on within the company...

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Internet Users Again Shut Out of Secret TPP Negotiations

July 05, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

We don’t know what’s in the current version of the TPP’s IP chapter - the public has only seen a leaked version. Given what we've seen in this leak, we have every right to be furious that representatives are negotiating an agreement that will harm online expression, privacy, and innovation on the Internet...

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Time for Congress to Pledge to Uphold Internet Freedom

July 03, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

Congress has attempted to legislate in favor of corporations and law enforcement at the expense of its users’ basic rights. Netizens’ strong desire to keep the Internet open and free has been brushed aside as naïve and inconsequential, in favor of lobbyists and special interest groups. Well, no longer...

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EFF Staff to Present at Hackers on Planet Earth

July 01, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

Technologies are transforming our society, and when our freedoms in the networked world come under attack, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the first line of defense. Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE), one of the most creative and diverse hacker events in the world...

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Two Northeast States Updated Breach Notification Statutes

June 27, 2012 Added by:David Navetta

Much time and ink has been spent on the steady stream of data security and breach-related bills that spring up in Congress like mushrooms after a rain. But recently Vermont and Connecticut updated their existing breach notification statutes, highlighting the need to monitor state legislatures...

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Government Insists It Can’t Be Sued Over Warrantless Wiretapping

June 26, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

In three separate lawsuits that have been churning in the federal courts, the government has used a menu of dodges to block the courts from considering the key underlying question — have they been breaking the law and violating the constitution by warrantlessly surveilling American citizens — over and over again...

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Legal Implications of BYOD Part II: Preparing Use Policies

June 26, 2012 Added by:David Navetta

Unfortunately, implementing a BYOD strategy and developing personal device use policies is not a one-size-fits-all cookie cutter exercise. In most cases significant privacy, security and legal challenges exist, and those challenges will vary depending on a multitude of factors that are specific to the organization...

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Breaking the Enigma Code: Creating a Functioning Compliance Culture

June 25, 2012 Added by:Thomas Fox

New York Times reporter Adam Bryant recently profiled Angie Hicks, one of the co-founders of Angie’s List, who has some interesting observations on leadership that I found applicable to creating a functional compliance effort within an organization, from compliance professionals to ethical leadership...

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