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Justice Department forms new unit to provide expert legal advice on cybersecurity investigations

A top Justice Department official last week announced the creation of a new cybersecurity unit that will provide "a central hub for expert advice and legal guidance" regarding U.S. and international laws that help law enforcement fight cyberattacks.

NIST looks to develop IT tools to protect individual privacy, civil liberties

Information technology professionals regularly employ catalogs and technical standards – one of the most notable is the use of encryption for security engineering. But, when it comes to privacy engineering, the toolset is practically non-existent and the National Institute of Standards and Technology is setting out the remedy that problem.

CFPB needs to further strengthen security, privacy of large-scale data collections, GAO says

While the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has taken steps to protect its large-scale data collectsion, ranging from credit card accounts to payday loans, it still needs to implement several more processes and practices to enhance privacy and information security, congressional investigators said.

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.