September 2017

The Hill: Lawmakers grapple with warrantless wiretapping program

House Judiciary Committee staff are wrangling over the details of a proposal to reform the National Security Agency’s controversial warrantless wiretapping program, according to interviews with multiple committee members.

Three senior members — Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), ranking member John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) — have privately agreed to push for limitations on the program as a condition of reauthorizing it when it expires at the end of this year, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.

Federal Computer Week: House Dem revives data breach bill after Equifax hack

On Sept. 18, Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) reintroduced legislation to establish national standards for informing consumers when their data has been hacked or breached. The Personal Data Notification and Protection Act of 2017 would require companies that use, store or access sensitive or personally identifying information for more than 10,000 people per year to notify their customers within 30 days of discovering a breach. The legislation would also designate the Federal Trade Commission as the government's coordinating agency to ensure a company's customers are properly notified.

The Hill: Bipartisan House bill would save State Department’s cyber office

A bipartisan group of lawmakers offered a bill Thursday to improve diplomacy on cyber issues, including by saving the State Department's beleaguered Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues. 

The office, often abbreviated S/CCI, is on the chopping block in Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s plans to contract and consolidate the State Department’s offices.

Washington Post: The FTC is investigating the Equifax breach. Here’s why that’s a big deal.

The Federal Trade Commission said Thursday that it is investigating the massive data breach at credit reporting agency Equifax, adding the top U.S. consumer watchdog to the chorus of federal lawmakers and regulators expressing alarm over the unauthorized access of data belonging to 143 million people.

Security InfoWatch: More questions than answers in Equifax hack

It is being called the most devastating consumer information breach in history. The more than 143 million consumer credit records hacked from Atlanta-based Equifax this earlier this spring saw all sorts of personal data stolen including Social Security numbers, credit cards numbers, birth dates, home addresses, drivers' license information. and “dispute documents” from consumers contesting alleged credit violations. The magnitude of the breach is staggering when you consider nearly half of the nation’s population and almost 100 percent its workforce has been affected.