Federal officials this month are expected to release a final version of voluntary principles that would guide utilities and other parties in better protecting customer privacy as their usage data is increasingly collected through smart grid technologies.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.