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Online Privacy and Censorship

Living Free Online: A Basic Guide to Internet Censorship and Privacy

In order to keep our global society open and dynamic, the general principles of online freedom must be upheld, and the average person kept as informed as possible. There is no acceptable justification for government or organizational censorship of the internet.

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Chilling Effect Impact

Surveillance, First Amendment Rights and the “Chilling Effect”

by Curt Monash of The Monash Report

In which I observe that Tim Cook and the EFF, while thankfully on the right track, haven’t gone nearly far enough.

Traditionally, the term “chilling effect” referred specifically to inhibitions on what in the US are regarded as First Amendment rights — the freedoms of speech,

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Posted in Content, Governent Oversight, Government Surveilance, Incident Response, Legal, Privacy, Privacy Laws, Regulatory, Risk Management
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CFPB – Enforcing Compliance with a Vengeance

CFPB – High risk… Hefty Fines!

by: Dennis Dissick, Adjunct Professor, New York University Polytechnic Institute / Area Director, Eastern Region, SMLR Group, Inc.

‘Tis the season for regulation…IRS, DOJ, FTC, state AGs, and now the CFPB all make sure that regulations and audits are a year round adventure.

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Posted in Compliance, Content, Continuous Monitoring, Cybersecurity, Governent Oversight, Insider Threats, Layered Defense, Legal, Risk Management, Vendor Compliance
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NSA: Something Dramatic is Coming

NSA Director Delivers Cyberattack Wake-Up Call

by Tom Loftus, WSJ

The cyber threats arrayed against your operations are growing stronger and more sophisticated each day. On Thursday the director of the NSA delivered a wake-up call for everyone else. “It’s only a matter of the ‘when,’ not the ‘if,’ that we are going to see something dramatic,” said Adm.

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Surveillance Environment Impacts the Way Companies do Business

“Snowden Effect” Causes Companies to Alter their Email Services

by Michael Hickins, Wall Street Journal

Business and consumer wariness of surveillance has pushed two of the world’s largest companies to make significant changes to their email services. Microsoft Corp. has decided to change its policies for accessing customer email after the company faced scrutiny for searching a user’s Hotmail email account to investigate a leak of company software,

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Posted in Compliance, Encryption, Governent Oversight, Government Surveilance, Privacy, Privacy Laws, Regulatory
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Privacy vs. Security: The Compliance Conundrum

Blackphone Could Create a Black Hole for Compliance

By: Ben DiPietro for the Wall Street Journal

The announcement this week of a smartphone that claims it doesn’t have a backdoor to allow access to law enforcement of intelligence agencies could create compliance problems for companies—while offering criminals a secure arena to conduct their illegal activities,

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Rodriguez May Be Leaving OCR for DHS

President Intends to Nominate Him for DHS Position

By , January 2, 2014. Follow Marianne @HealthInfoSec

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Leon Rodriguez

Leon Rodriguez, the nation’s top HIPAA enforcer,

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Posted in Cybersecurity, Governent Oversight, Government Surveilance, HHS, HIPAA, Regulatory, Risk Management
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Shaming China to Stop Hacks Doesn’t Work

Commission Also Warns of China Threat from the Cloud
By , November 21, 2013. Follow Eric @GovInfoSecurity

Attempts to shame China haven’t been effective in stopping that country from pilfering intellectual property from the computers of American companies,

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Posted in Breach, Cloud, Cyberattack, Cybersecurity, Governent Oversight, Hacks, Legal, Malware & Other Threats, Risk Management
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Senate Panel OK’s Johnson to Lead DHS

Cybersecurity Collaboration Would Be on DHS Agenda
By , November 20, 2013. Follow Eric @GovInfoSecurity

Jeh Johnson has cleared a major hurdle on his way to becoming the next Homeland Security secretary and a chief advocate for the Obama administration’s cybersecurity agenda.

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Lots of Talking, Little Said: Johnson Pledges InfoSec Fixes at DHS Johnson Pledges InfoSec Fixes at DHS

But DHS Nominee Says Little on Cybersecurity at Confirmation Hearing
By , November 14, 2013.Follow Eric @GovInfoSecurity

Jeh Johnson may soon be the Obama administration’s new face on cybersecurity, but at his confirmation hearing to be the next Homeland Security secretary,

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