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A Victory Over Cyber Spying

August 04, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

Congress has been working to pass cybersecurity legislation for years – and EFF has fought to ensure that civil liberties weren’t sacrificed in the process. This year was the hardest: Congress got closer than ever to enacting a bill that could threaten the privacy of online communications. We fought back...

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Why the NSA Can’t Be Trusted to Run Cybersecurity Programs

August 01, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

Senators John McCain and Kay Bailey Hutchison have proposed amendments that would hand the reins of our nation’s cybersecurity systems to the NSA. The agency's dark history, flouting of domestic law, and resistance to transparency makes it clear that the nation's cybersecurity should not be in its hands...

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New Cybersecurity Bill Patches Serious Vulnerabilities

July 24, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

We remain unpersuaded that any of the proposed cybersecurity measures are necessary and we still have concerns about certain sections of the bill, especially the sections on monitoring and countermeasures. But this was a big step in the direction of protecting online rights...

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Latest Data Breach Notification Bill Won’t Go Far

July 23, 2012 Added by:Kelly Colgan

When comparing the bill to existing state laws on the subject, the lack of focus on consumer protection and an emphasis on making it business-friendly become evident. It becomes evident not by looking at what the bill contains, but by looking at what is purposely missing...

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Coders Rights at Risk in the European Parliament

July 18, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

By identifying and disclosing vulnerabilities, coders are able to improve security for every user who depends on information systems for their daily life and work. Yet recently, European Parliament debated legislation that threatens to create legal woes for researchers who expose security flaws...

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No Data Retention Mandate in Smith’s New Legislation

July 12, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

A controversial, anti-privacy data retention mandate is notably absent from the child protection bill recently introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith. Smith had previously introduced H.R. 1981, which would have mandated that ISPs collect and maintain data on Internet users not suspected of any crime...

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Netherlands to Establish Mandatory Breach Notification

July 11, 2012 Added by:Matthijs R. Koot

In 2012, Netherlands will establish mandatory breach notification for vital sectors, giving the government increasing sectoral intervention possibilities. This includes the authority to obtain information, administrative enforcement of designations and the authority to appoint an officer on behalf of the government...

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Cyber Espionage and the Greatest Transfer of Wealth in History

July 10, 2012 Added by:Headlines

"Symantec placed the cost of IP theft to United States companies at $250 billion a year. Global cybercrime at $114 billion - nearly $388 billion when you factor in downtime. And McAfee estimates that $1 trillion was spent globally on remediation. And that's our future disappearing in front of us..."

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Time for Congress to Pledge to Uphold Internet Freedom

July 03, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

Congress has attempted to legislate in favor of corporations and law enforcement at the expense of its users’ basic rights. Netizens’ strong desire to keep the Internet open and free has been brushed aside as naïve and inconsequential, in favor of lobbyists and special interest groups. Well, no longer...

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Organization for Computer Professionals Opposes CISPA

June 12, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

ACM is the world's largest organization for computer professionals. They are joining a diverse group in opposing CISPA, including a wide array of digital civil liberties organizations like EFF, computer scientists like Bruce Schneier and Tim Berners-Lee, and companies like the Mozilla Foundation...

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Cybersecurity Act Threatens Online Rights: a Handout for Your Senator

June 11, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

The Cybersecurity Act (S. 2105), sponsored by Sen. Lieberman and Sen. Collins, compromises core American civil liberties in the name of thwarting network attacks. While Internet security is of the utmost importance, safeguarding our networks need not come at the expense of our online freedoms...

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Cybersecurity: Washington DC is a World of Grey

June 07, 2012 Added by:Joel Harding

The US State Department cannot sign many treaties in cyberspace, and we cannot establish a lot of cooperation, because there is a lack of a definition or there is no established threshold for most of what we deal with. Part of that problem is that as soon as the ink dries, most of the conditions will change...

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Lieberman-Collins Cybersecurity Act Frequently Asked Questions

June 04, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

Companies already use firewalls to protect their networks. ISPs do filtering as well, for example disallowing end users from hosting certain services, or de-prioritizing certain types of traffic. But this bill makes no effort to restrict the definition of countermeasures to reasonable techniques in use today...

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Senator Demands Text of Secret Agreements Regulating Internet

May 30, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

Senator Ron Wyden recently introduced a bill demanding access to draft texts of international trade agreements under negotiation such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement that carry provisions that could severely choke off users' rights on the Internet. This is a great positive step in the right direction...

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Join the Fight Against Cyber Spying Proposals in the Senate

May 29, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

Even when faced with opposition from security experts and the Obama Administration, the House of Representatives managed to ram through CISPA, a bill widely decried as empowering the military to collect the Internet records of Americans’ everyday Internet use. Now the fight is moving to the Senate...

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The Netherlands Passes Net Neutrality Legislation

May 24, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

The Netherlands is the first country in Europe to establish a legal framework supporting net neutrality. The law contains language that restricts when ISPs can wiretap users, and limits the circumstances under which ISPs can cut off a subscriber's Internet access altogether...

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