Spyware Bill Would Define Zombies

Senator Pryor (D-AR) introduced S 1625, the Counter Spy Act, earlier this month. The bill joins other legislation, which has already passed the House, that will try and reduce the harm of spyware. Senator Pryor is no stranger to the issue – he spoke at our April briefing on botnets and was recently appointed co-chair of a Senate Democratic task force on high-tech issues.
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USACM-EC Member Testifies on the Privacy and Security of Social Security Numbers

On Thursday, June 21, Dr. Annie Antón, Associate Professor of Software Engineering at North Carolina State University, testified in front of the Social Security Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee on protecting the privacy and security of Social Security numbers. While the subcommittee did not have a specific bill to consider at this hearing, the House Energy and Commerce Committee has passed a bill, HR 948, involving Social Security Numbers. One of the Senate identity theft bills, S1178, currently has provisions on the sale and purchase of social security numbers.

Dr. Antón is a member of USACM’s Executive Committee and testified on behalf of USACM. Her testimony is available online. You can also review the ACM press release on her testimony.

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USACM-EC Member to Testify on Social Security Numbers

Update June 21
Dr. Antón’s testimony is now available online.

Original Post – June 20
On Thursday, June 21, at 10:00 a.m., Annie Antón, USACM Executive Committee Member and Associate Professor of Software Engineering at North Carolina State University, will testify to Congress on behalf of USACM regarding the pervasive use of the Social Security number and recommendations for increasing the protection of our personal information.

Seeking input on the technical issues associated with reducing the use and exposure of Social Security numbers, the Committee on Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee asked USACM to provide expert testimony. Dr. Antón, a member of the Executive Committee of USACM and an expert on privacy and trustworthy systems, will provide her and USACM’s perspectives on this issue. The hearing will be webcast. You can watch it here: http://waysandmeans.house.gov/media/graphics/video.htm We will make her testimony available here after the hearing.

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of June 18

June 20
Hearing:
The Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology Subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing on investigating cybersecurity vulnerabilities at the Department of Homeland Security.
2 p.m., 311 Cannon Building

June 21
Hearing:
The Social Security Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing on Social Security Numbers and identity theft. USACM-EC member Annie Anton will testify on behalf of USACM.
10 a.m., B-318 Rayburn Building

New York Times Reports on Military Overseas Voting

An article in today’s New York Times (registration required), describes the current status of military voting overseas. In brief, the systems in place to help service members stationed overseas to vote remain “slow, confusing and plagued with security and privacy problems.” Meanwhile, Americans serving abroad continue to be frustrated with the inefficiency of voting while out of the country.

The challenges of a reliable system for overseas voting have been highlighted in work on the SERVE project (Secure Electronic Registration and Voting Experiment), which involves some USACM members. You can read some of the work evaluating SERVE and related projects online.

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of June 11

June 11
Markup:
The Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee will mark up proposed appropriations legislation.
Hearing will follow the 5:30 p.m. full committee markup, 2358 Rayburn Building

June 12
Hearing:
The House Science and Technology Committee will hold a hearing on the globalization of research, development and innovation.
1 p.m., 2318 Rayburn Building

June 13
Markup:
The House Science and Technology Committee will mark up pending legislation.
10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn Building

USACM Member Encourages Safeguards for Employment Eligibility Verification System

On Thursday, June 7, Dr. Peter G. Neumann, Principal Scientist in the Computer Science Laboratory at SRI International, testified before the Social Security Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee on the proposed Employment Eligibility Verification System, or EEVS. The EEVS is part of the immigration legislation recently debated in the Senate, and apparently removed from consideration for the year. However, there is similar legislation in the House and Senate that may still be considered this year.
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ACM Washington Update, Vol. 11.5 (June 6, 2007)

CONTENTS

[1] Newsletter Highlights
[2] USACM Urges Revisions to REAL ID Rules
[3] USACM Member To Testify on Proposed Employment Eligibility Verification System
[4] E-Voting Reform Legislation Passes Committee; ACM Lauds Move
[5] TGDC Refines Next Set of Voting Standards
[6] Spyware Legislation Passes House
[7] About USACM
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USACM Member to Testify on Employment Eligibility Verification System

On Thursday, June 7, at 10:00 AM, Peter Neumann, USACM Member and Principal Scientist at SRI, will testify to Congress on behalf of USACM regarding proposals to expand and make mandatory the Employment Eligibility Verification System (EEVS). The EEVS is a query-based system that allows employers to verify the work-eligibility and identity documentation that employees provide upon being hired. Currently this is voluntary system running as a pilot program with about 16,000 employers participating. As part of overall immigration reform efforts, Congress is considering legislation to expand this system and make it mandatory that all employers use it to verify an employees legal work status.

Seeking input on the technical issues associated with this system, the Committee on Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee asked USACM to provide expert testimony. Peter Neumann, a long-time member of USACM and expert on security, privacy and trustworthy systems, will provide his and USACM’s perspectives on this issue. The hearing will be webcast. You can watch it here: http://waysandmeans.house.gov/media/graphics/video.htm