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Paper explores impact of people's 'cyborgization' to surveillance, privacy laws

As people increasingly and constantly use cellphones, wearable computers and other devices – which, in essence, have become an extension of themselves – a new paper from the Brookings Institution explores the future impact to surveillance and privacy from this trending "cyborgization."

FTC provides several areas of concern about mobile banking to CFPB

While mobile banking provides consumers with "unprecedented efficiency and convenience," consumers should be aware of fraudulent or unfair practices that could impose additional costs or compromise their data, the Federal Trade Commission said in comments submitted to the Consumer Financial Protection Board.

Verizon agrees to pay $7.4M to settle FCC privacy complaint

Under the settlement, Verizon has also agreed to notify customers of their opt-out rights on every bill for the next three years. The FCC said the payment is the largest in its history for an investigation into the privacy of a phone customers' personal information.

NIST seeks public comment on updated guide assessing security measures of systems, networks

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is seeking public comment on a  draft updating a guide designed to help agencies and others better assess how they're protecting federal information systems and networks.

Open government is not without privacy challenges, finds paper

In an effort to be more transparent and participatory governments are making more data publicly available in machine-readable formats and under open licenses, but such noble aims are not immune to privacy issues, says  a paper  published June 18 in  Future Internet, a Switzerland-based scholarly journal.

Franken highlights dangers on smartphone fingerprint scanners

"Unlike passwords, fingerprints cannot be changed. If hackers get hold of a digital copy of your fingerprint, they could use it to impersonate you for the rest of your life, particularly as more and more technologies start relying on fingerprint authentication," his letter says.

USA Freedom Act advances, draws mixed reviews from advocacy groups

The House Intelligence Committee approved the USA Freedom Act May 8, setting the stage for a vote on the House floor.

House Judiciary Committee unanimously approves NSA surveillance reform bill- UPDATED

The bill "unequivocally ends bulk collection," said its sponsor, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.), today during  markup.

Supreme Court hears arguments in cellphone privacy cases

Police don't need a warrant to look through the papers and photographs that individuals have in their possession at the time of arrest. "I'm not sure that the expansion of volume increases the invasion of privacy," argued Edward DuMont, California's solicitor general. "The digital format should not make a difference."

International ICANN to be more accountable, participatory, says group

Global Internet stakeholders are anticipating more accountability and broader participation in Internet governance once the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers transitions from U.S. control.