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Education Dept. wants student aid APIs

Application programming interfaces can allow third-party developers to build apps and tools that interact with government data and forms. The Education Department says it's interested both in read-only APIs, which would let tools push out information, and read-write APIs that would let users complete forms through third-party tools.

Moderate risks in DHS cyber threat signature sharing, says privacy office

Sharing of cyber threat information by the Homeland Security Department with the private sector presents some modest privacy risks, says the departmental privacy office.

Metrics matter in privacy engineering

GAITHERSBURG, Md. – As the privacy field seeks greater precision in a bid to make technical implementation of privacy controls a possibility, it should be cautious about the metrics it adopts, warns a computer scientist.

Federal privacy advocates seek precision as a means for controls

GAITHERSBURG, Md. – Privacy as a field lacks the precision of cybersecurity, leaving a gap when it comes to implementing specific protective measures, federal officials said today during a workshop at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Border Patrol pursues body-worn cameras for officers

The new head of Customs and Border Protection said Wednesday he believes in the merits of body-worn video cameras for Border Patrol officers, but technology and privacy challenges have stood in the way of implementation.

Big data need not end Americans' privacy, argues CDT

The era of big data need not herald the end of traditional privacy, argues the Center for Democracy and Technology in comments submitted to the White House. White House special advisor John Podesta  announced  Jan. 23 that President Obama appointed him as head of a 90 day review to examine the policy and privacy implications of big data. 

U.S. tech companies knew of NSA digital surveillance, says NSA attorney

American technology companies were not ignorant of National Security Agency surveillance of digital content transmitted through their services, a top National Security Agency official said Wednesday.

Advocacy groups argue against warrantless cellphone searches in Supreme Court cases

A handful of advocacy groups called for the Supreme Court to require warrants before law enforcement can search the contents of cellphones in briefs filed this month.

European Parliament votes for tighter data protection regulations

A European Union effort to tighten privacy regulations overwhelmingly passed the European Parliament in a March 12 vote. In all, 621 members of the parliament voted for, and only 10 against, what would be the first update to EU data protection  regulations  since the mid-1990s.

DHS seeks to erase database walls, but filter searches

An effort to create an internal data mining and search capability encompassing multiple Homeland Security Department databases will be constrained by a system that filters results according to employee authorization to see certain kinds of data, says the department privacy office.