Group to Monitor Obama's Cybersecurity Promises

Administration Commitments to Serve as Benchmark The public interest group that's hosting a wiki to help draft a revision of the Privacy Act says, in a report released Friday, it will track a dozen promises to protect citizens privacy made by President Obama when he outlined the administration's cybersecurity agenda.

The report is entitled Privacy and the White House Cyberspace Policy. "With the release of our report, we intend to hold the new cybersecurity office being created by the White House accountable on privacy using the administration's commitments as the benchmark," said Ari Schwartz, vice president of the Center for Democracy and Technology.

Here are the dozen promises CDT says it will hold the Obama administration accountable for:

1. Creating a national dialogue on cybersecurity and commitment to privacy and civil liberties guaranteed by constitution.

2. Ensuring that federal government will not monitor private networks in pursuit of cybersecurity.

3. Hiring a privacy office at the National Security Council and/or the Executive Office of the President.

4. Drafting a policy strategy for privacy in authentication technologies and encourage privacy enhancing technologies for authentication.

5. Reconstituting the privacy and civil liberties oversight board.

6. Building engagement mechanism for civil liberties and privacy advisers on cybersecurity.

7. Developing incident response sharing mechanism to protect privacy.

8. Ensuring intrusion detection policy and mechanisms protect privacy.

9. Defining privacy objectives for future infrastructures.

10. Establish global policy standards to protect privacy rights and civil rights.

11. Ensuring privacy protection in information sharing regimes.

12. Developing international standards to protect privacy of data used in cloud computing.

Listen to an interview with Schwartz on how IT security professionals can collaborate in revising the Privacy Act.

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Eric Chabrow

Eric Chabrow

Retired Executive Editor, GovInfoSecurity

Chabrow, who retired at the end of 2017, hosted and produced the semi-weekly podcast ISMG Security Report and oversaw ISMG's GovInfoSecurity and InfoRiskToday. He's a veteran multimedia journalist who has covered information technology, government and business.

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