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IRS should better manage worker identification data, says watchdog

The Internal Revenue Service's voluntary classification settlement program, or VCSP, allows employers to classify workers as independent contractors instead of employees, but an internal audit takes issue with the accuracy of data collected as well as its management of the applications.

IG exposes information security gaps at federal, state health insurance exchanges

A recent review of three health insurance exchanges identified a variety of information security vulnerabilities ranging from unauthorized database access to poor information storage practices.

Paper highlights legal, ethical issues with open health data, makes policy recommendations

Government open data initiatives have made patient health information more readily available online through healthdata.gov and third-party sites that pull from public sources. But coherent legal and ethics policies are lagging data innovation, says a paper recently published in the Berkeley Technology Law Journal.

Regulatory agencies doing less regulating, more advising for cyber resilience and response

Federal regulatory agencies are taking on a greater advisory role in helping critical infrastructure and financial services companies apply the National Institute of Standards and Technology's  cybersecurity framework  and reduce their cyber risks, several experts recently said.

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.

Army: New geospatial tool gives sage advice on unknown terrain

A new geospatial tool is helping the Army gain better insight and intelligence on new terrains, enabling commanders to make more informed decisions for more effective and secure operations.

'Data deserts' could have negative social and economic impacts, warns paper

Data is increasingly seen as a valuable resource. But a new paper published by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation warns that if high-quality data collection regularly excludes certain individuals or communities then their problems could be neglected.

Data localization movement won't improve privacy, says Internet governance panel

Data localization and "technological sovereignty" movements have gathered strength in Europe and South America since the National Security Agency's surveillance programs became public knowledge. But it's a knee-jerk reaction to require that data reside within a country's borders and it doesn't necessarily ensure security or privacy, said Internet governance experts at a Sept. 19 New America Foundation event.

Census Bureau making changes to prevent data falsification despite being cleared of allegations

Separate investigations by Congress and the Commerce Department's inspector general this year led to the same conclusion that supervisors in the bureau's Philadelphia regional office did not instruct field representatives to falsify data nor did managers manipulate Current Population Survey data that could have had a measurable impact on the nation's unemployment rate leading up to the 2012 presidential election.

Feds to fund cross-agency privacy research

Privacy research is the next frontier to be tackled by the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development program.  NITRD, the IT research and development program that encourages collaboration across federal departments, will formulate a National Privacy Research Strategy says a  notice  from the National Science Foundation.