The National Security Agency might scale back its storage of phone call data, NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander suggested during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Feb. 27. While he did not go into detail about this alternative, only storing data that is "predicated on a terrorist communication" would be a departure for the Obama administration, which has defended bulk collection as a necessary practice.
The healthcare industry could greatly benefit from innovations in digital identity, said Jeremy Grant, senior executive advisor for identity management at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Rather than create a one-off solution specific to healthcare, the industry can leverage other work being done to support the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace.
A bill in the California State Senate would ban online services for K-12 schools from compiling or sharing students' personal information for commercial purposes, including advertising. Sen. Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), the Senate leader, introduced the bill Feb. 20. "Kids are in the classroom to learn and we value the security of their personal information above private profit," Steinberg said in a statement.
In its first ever challenge contest, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity is seeking to use data to measure the trustworthiness of individuals.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has ordered Immigration and Customs Enforcement not to go forward with a solicitation for a commercially-run nationwide license plate tracking database following public outcry against it.
Before businesses can clear their goods for import or export, they have to submit documents, often on paper, to an assortment of federal agencies. The ITDS would let them submit all the required data electronically and all in one place. The system would then distribute the data to the agencies that need it.
Today's Internet search technology is a "one-size-fits-all" approach lacking in some key desired features, says the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
Consumers would have access to the private information that data brokers collect about them under a bill that Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) introduced Feb. 12. Data brokers, which assemble information about individuals and sell it to marketers, would have to maintain a public website that explains to consumers how to review their information and how they can prevent brokers from selling it.
There's confusion within the federal government regarding the requirements for setting up information exchanges between agencies, finds the Government Accountability Office in a newly released Jan. 13 report.
A coalition of advocacy groups criticized the Obama administration for revisions it proposed to the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act in a Feb. 11 letter to the president.