Items tagged "Data Security"

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Public Knowledge Responds to Senate Panel’s Equifax Report

March 8, 2019 Cybersecurity , Data Breach , Data Security , Equifax , sustainability

Yesterday, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations released its report on a probe into the 2017 Equifax hack stating that the company’s response was both “inadequate” and “hampered by [a] neglect of cybersecurity.” The report finds that the company’s shortcomings are both “long-standing” and “reflect a broader culture of complacency toward cybersecurity preparedness.”

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Data Care Act As Step in Right Direction

December 12, 2018 Consumer Privacy , consumer protections , Data Breach , Data Security , Privacy

Today, Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) led a group of 15 senators in introducing the “Data Care Act of 2018,” which would require online service providers like Facebook and Google to responsibly protect individually identifying information about consumers. Public Knowledge welcomes the bill as a good starting point for a discussion about what responsibilities custodians of our personal information should have.

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Public Knowledge Raises Concerns over Narrow Data Acquisition and Security Bill in House Letter

May 11, 2018 Consumer Privacy , consumer protections , Cybersecurity , Data Breach , Data Security

Today, Public Knowledge sent a letter to the House Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee opposing the Data Acquisition and Technology Accountability and Security Act, which Subcommittee Chairman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) has indicated he plans to move imminently. In the letter, Public Knowledge urges Congress to pass strong consumer protection legislation and analyzes many concerns with this narrow bill.

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Sustainable Cybersecurity Can Help Stop Ticking Time Bomb Threatening Digital Economy

April 18, 2018 consumer protections , Cybersecurity , Data Privacy , Data Security , sustainability

Today, we’re happy to announce our newest white paper, “Securing the Modern Economy: Transforming Cybersecurity Through Sustainability,” by Public Knowledge Cybersecurity Policy Director Megan Stifel. The paper argues that the current approach to cybersecurity — compliance-based and narrowly-focused risk management — has failed to protect the online ecosystem as well as public trust in technology and the internet. Enter: cybersecurity sustainability.

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Public Knowledge Commends Sens. Warner, Warren for Holding Credit Reporting Agencies Accountable

January 10, 2018 consumer protections , Cybersecurity , Data Security , Equifax , Privacy

Today, Senators Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced the Data Breach Prevention and Compensation Act to hold credit reporting agencies like Equifax accountable for data breaches that jeopardize consumer data.

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Public Knowledge Urges FCC to Investigate Verizon Customer Data Breach

July 12, 2017 Data Security , FCC , Privacy , Verizon

Today, reports indicate that one of Verizon’s business partners, Nice Systems, exposed millions of Verizon customer records.

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Public Knowledge Supports Rep. Eshoo’s New Cybersecurity ‘Best Practices’ Bill to Protect Consumers

June 29, 2017 Broadband , Cybersecurity , Data Security

Recently, Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Susan Brooks (R-IN) introduced the “Promoting Good Cyber Hygiene Act of 2017.” The bill tasks the National Institute of Standards and Technology to work with the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Homeland Security to develop a list of voluntary cybersecurity best practices for both the federal government and private sector. Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced the same bill this week.

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Public Knowledge Opposes FCC’s Stay of Data Security Regulation from Privacy Rules

March 1, 2017 Broadband Privacy , Data Security , FCC , Privacy

Today, the Federal Communications Commission issued a stay of the data security regulation developed in last year’s broadband privacy rules. Public Knowledge maintains that Americans have a right to online privacy and should have control over their own data, from what gets collected to how that information is used.

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Public Knowledge Responds to 21st Century Privacy Coalition Statement on Consumer Data

October 5, 2016 Data Security , FCC , Privacy

Today, The 21st Century Privacy Coalition — which represents the largest cable and telecommunications companies — addressed the Federal Communications Commission’s recent efforts to protect online consumer data during a press briefing. The 21st Century Privacy Coalition, while supporting the general distinction made by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) between “sensitive” and “non-sensitive” data, advocated for classifying broad categories such as “browsing history,” which generally contains sensitive information, as “non-sensitive.”

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Public Knowledge Urges Wireless Industry to Protect Personal Data of Low-income Americans

October 9, 2015 Data Security , Lifeline , Privacy , Tech Transitions

Today, Public Knowledge and 11 other consumer advocacy groups filed an Opposition to the CTIA – The Wireless Association’s petition asking the Federal Communications Commission to reconsider its authority to safeguard sensitive information of Lifeline program participants. The FCC’s June 2015 Order permits telephone providers to copy and store highly sensitive personal data of Lifeline applicants, including social security numbers, tax records and addresses.

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