The House of Representatives has unanimously approved the Email Privacy Act, which would require law enforcement to obtain a warrant before compelling third-party service providers to surrender their customers' email and text content. The measure now goes to the Senate, where it has bipartisan support.
Enacting legislation to compel tech companies to help law enforcement decrypt data on mobile devices would diminish America's standing as a moral leader in the world, a nation looked up to by billions of people, even with our many flaws.
By a 28-0 vote, the House Judiciary Committee has approved legislation to require law enforcement to obtain a warrant before compelling third-party providers, including those offering cloud services, to surrender their customers' email and text content.
The IRS, which has been plagued by data security incidents, faces the loss of key IT and data security personnel over the next year unless Congress renews a lapsed law that boosted the pay of top-notch personnel temporarily recruited from the private sector, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen tells Congress.
The Obama administration proposes to spend $3.1 billion next year to seed a fund designed to improve cybersecurity by modernizing federal IT. It's part of a legislative proposal to establish a board of government IT security experts to identify the highest priority modernization projects.
As the debate intensifies over Apple's refusal to help the FBI crack the iPhone password of one of the San Bernardino shooters, Rep. Will Hurd says Congress should not rush to enact legislation that would require technology companies to weaken encryption. Hurd chairs a subcommittee with cybersecurity oversight.
Think it's tough now for the government to compel Apple to retrieve encrypted data from a locked iPhone? According to news reports, Apple is busy creating new devices and services that will be even harder to hack.
As the federal government moves forward with a long list of endeavors - including a "moonshot to end cancer" - focused on boosting medical innovations, it's critical that patient privacy and data security stay top of mind.
It's time to start to think about the cybersecurity agenda for the 45th president of the United States, who takes office a year from this week. What's on your list of cybersecurity challenges the next president must tackle?
For months, Congress has been scrutinizing security and privacy issues raised by the widespread adoption of electronic health records. Now many of those issues are finally being addressed in draft legislation.
Proposed HIPAA Privacy Rule changes in pending federal legislation could lead to elimination of the requirement to de-identify patient data that's used for research purposes, raising questions about whether that data will be at a higher risk for breaches, warns data de-identification expert Khaled El Emam.
GovInfoSecurity announces its seventh annual list of top influencers - lawmakers, top government officials, practitioners and thought-leaders whose leadership has a substantial influence on government cybersecurity policy.
In the coming months, the Department of Homeland Security will implement a new cyberthreat information sharing law designed to help prevent breaches. But will the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 really make a difference?
Legislative expert Samantha Burch of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society offers an in-depth analysis of healthcare provisions in the recently enacted Cybersecurity Act of 2015 and describes how the law could prove especially helpful to smaller organizations.