Better data management makes digital services shine

Leveraging metadata and establishing data sharing frameworks across agencies can help government achieve higher data quality and security.

How to reduce citizen harm from automated decision systems

For agencies that use automated systems to inform decisions about schools, social services and medical treatment, it’s imperative that they’re using technology that protects data.

FTC lawsuit spotlights a major privacy risk: From call records to sensors, your phone reveals more about you than you think

If you use your mobile phone for anything other than a paperweight, your visit to the cannabis dispensary and your personality – how extroverted you are or whether you’re likely to be on the outs with family since the 2016 election – can be learned from metadata and telemetry and shared.

A new US data privacy bill aims to give you more control over information collected about you – and make businesses change how they handle data

The American Data and Privacy Protection Act cracks down on the loose data protection regulations within the U.S., limiting certain types of personal information that major companies may collect.

Federated learning uses the data right on our devices

In addition to protecting privacy, federated learning could make training machine-learning models more resource-efficient by cutting down and sometimes eliminating big data transfers.

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Surveillance is pervasive: Yes, you are being watched, even if no one is looking for you

It’s important to recognize how physical and digital tracking work together.

Compliance fatigue: Can states stay on top of privacy monitoring?

States may have crafted data privacy legislation that they don’t have the capacity to enforce, one expert suggests.

7 cyber defense use cases

Whether facing data loss, ransomware, fraud or privacy threats, agencies can leverage technology and process solutions to help them prevent and respond to attacks.

The 10 biggest doubts executives and IT managers have about the cloud

What do IT leaders have confidence in? Not government regulations, exit strategies or data privacy, according to a new survey.

Agency breaches are down, but exposed records are way up

Government has eliminated a lot of low-hanging fruit, but the number of records exposed is increasing by millions each year, according to a Rapid7 analysis.

3 simple tricks for defeating hackers on the road

In certain places, traveling feds can almost count on an attempt to steal information from their laptops. Here are ways to give them the old Willy Wonka.

Scrap the app: Smart-phone users getting wary over privacy

People are starting to get suspicious about what apps take from them, and are declining to download, a Pew study shows.

Software in some FDA laptops tracks employees’ activities

Reportedly concerned about unauthorized disclosures, FDA officials installed monitoring software on some scientists’ laptops. The scientists say the action is in retaliation for blowing the whistle.

FBI to open facial recognition searches to police nationwide

A pilot project that started in Michigan will give police in in several states access to a database of nearly 13 million mug shots.

Gauss malware, Apple iPhone show what encryption can do

Agencies wondering whether to encrypt their data or mobile devices should take note of the trouble encryption is giving security researchers and the worries it gives the Justice Department.

DDOS attack of rare power behind WikiLeaks take-down

The attack, which started Aug. 3, started as WikiLeaks was releasing information on an allegedly secret, sophisticated surveillance program.

Managed service can help organizations meet HIPAA privacy rules

HIPAA Essential from StillSecure can help organizations meet the requirements of the HITECH Act.

License plate scanners: Useful tools, but what about all that data?

The systems, which can capture up to thousands of images per hour, are increasingly popular with police but are raising privacy conerns.

'Destructive' cyber attacks ahead, NSA's Alexander warns

The National Security Agency chief wants network-speed info sharing with the private sector to protect critical infrastructure, but insists NSA won't have time to read your e-mail.

Twitter OKs most government requests for user account info

Twitter's transparency report shows it complies with most government requests for user account information, but sometimes the government has to use some legal muscle.