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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.

FTC in position to enforce data stewardship standards among cloud providers, says paper

Enforcement actions by the Federal Trade Commission have laid a foundation for establishment of data stewardship standards controlling cloud services that involve processing personal data, say two academics. 

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.