Category Archives: Privacy and Security

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of February 1

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 Closed Hearing: Classified Hearing on the FISA Amendments Act House Judiciary Committee 10 am | 2141 Rayburn House Office Building Hearing: Status of the Public Safety Broadband Network House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology 10:15 am | 2322 Rayburn House Office Building Wednesday, February 3, 2016 Briefing: Broadband [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of January 11

Monday, January 11, 2016 House Floor: H.R. 653, FOIA Act The bill would require making requested information available in an electronic, publicly accessible format and the creation of a centralized portal for FOIA requests. Status: Passed by the House Tuesday, January 12, 2016 Hearing: A Legislative Hearing on Four Communications Bills House Energy and Commerce [...]

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USACM Comments on Regulations Governing Protection of Research Participants

USACM submitted comments on the proposed updates to the federal regulations for research involving human subjects. These regulations, known as the Common Rule, are used by multiple federal agencies. They have significance for computing professionals conducting behavioral, analytic, and clinical studies, especially in the subfields of computer security, information assurance, computer networks, computer-human interaction, accessibility, [...]

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FTC to Hold PrivacyCon on January 14

The FTC will hold PrivacyCon, a consumer privacy and security conference, on January 14 in Washington, D.C. The conference is intended for security researchers, academics, industry representatives, consumer advocates, and regulators. The event will be free and open to the public. A live webcast will be available. Expert panel and research presentations will address research [...]

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NIST Seeks Public Comments on the Cybersecurity Framework

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) invites public comments on how its voluntary Cybersecurity Framework is being used, possible updates, and options for the long-term governance and management of the Framework. Comments are due by February 9. The Framework, officially known as the “Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity,” provides standards, methodologies, procedures, [...]

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DHS Invites Nominations for Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is accepting nominations for the DHS Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. Appointees will serve a three-year term and are not compensated. DHS anticipates appointing 17 people. Advisory Committee members are required to obtain and retain at least a secret-level security clearance as a condition of their appointment. Appointees [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of December 7

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 House Floor: H.R. 3578, DHS Science and Technology Reform and Improvement Act of 2015 The bill would strengthen the role of the Directorate of Science and Technology, establish a new Fellows Program, support cybersecurity research and development, and establish processes for coordination of research and development activities. Wednesday, December 9, 2015 [...]

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USACM Submits Comments to White House on Revised Policy for Managing Federal IT

The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council submitted comments to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on proposed changes to the policy document for the planning and management of federal information services. The document was last updated 15 years ago. The proposed changes would update the policy to support electronic transactions, cybersecurity, modern [...]

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NTIA to Host Next Cybersecurity Multistakeholder Forum on Vulnerability Research Disclosure on December 2

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will hold the next meeting of the cybersecurity multistakeholder process on vulnerability research disclosure on December 2 in Washington, D.C. The process aims to establish stakeholder consensus about high-level principles that will promote better collaboration among security researchers, vendors, and owners of products. The meeting will include presentations [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of December 1

Monday, November 30, 2015 House Floor: H.R. 3490 – Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act U.S. House of Representatives The bill would authorize the National Computer Forensics Institute to support information sharing and investigations related to cybercrime and cyber attacks. Update: The House approved the bill. It now goes to the Senate. Tuesday, [...]

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White House Seeks Public Comments on Revised Policy for Managing Federal IT

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is accepting public comments on proposed changes to the policy document for the planning and management of federal information services. The document was last updated 15 years ago. The changes would include supporting electronic transactions, cybersecurity, modern computing architectures, mobile technologies, cloud computing, and agile development [...]

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NYSE Publishes Cybersecurity Guidance for Companies

The New York Stock Exchange and Palo Alto Networks released a free book, Navigating the Digital Age: The Definitive Cybersecurity Guide for Directors and Officers. This handbook provides pragmatic information for CEOs, CISOs, lawyers, digital forensic experts, professors, researchers, and government officials on the best ways to avoid cyber breaches and how to prepare for, [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of November 2

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 Hearing: TSA Security Gaps House Oversight and Government Reform Committee 10 am | 2154 Rayburn House Office Building Hearing: Examining the EU Safe Harbor Decision and Impacts for Transatlantic Data Flows House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology 10 am | 2123 Rayburn House Office Building Hearing: International Data [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of October 5

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 House Floor: H.R. 3510 – Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity Strategy Act of 2015, as amended U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday, October 7, 2015 Hearing: Ensuring Aviation Safety in the Era of Unmanned Aircraft Systems House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation 10 am | 2167 Rayburn House Office Building Hearing: [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of September 28

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 Hearing: Cybersecurity Policy and Threats Senate Armed Services Committee 9:30 am | G50 Dirksen Senate Office Building Hearing: Outside Perspectives on the Department of Defense Cyber Strategy House Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities 10 am | 2118 Rayburn House Office Building Hearing: The Changing Landscape of U.S.-China Relations: [...]

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USACM Submits Comments to NIST on U.S. Participation in International Cybersecurity Standardization

The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council, in collaboration with four other ACM entities, submitted comments to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on a draft interagency report advocating U.S. participation in international cybersecurity standardization. Because the cybersecurity infrastructure crosses international borders, cybersecurity policy must recognize and promote international cooperative action to build a [...]

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FTC PrivacyCon 2016 – Call for Privacy and Security Research Presentations

The FTC invites presentation proposals on consumer privacy and security issues in the commercial sector for a privacy conference, PrivacyCon, to be held on January 14 in Washington, D.C. The conference is intended for security researchers, academics, industry representatives, consumer advocates, and regulators. The event will be free and open to the public. The FTC [...]

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NTIA to Host First Cybersecurity Multistakeholder Forum on Vulnerability Research Disclosure on September 29

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will hold the kickoff meeting for the new cybersecurity multistakeholder process on vulnerability research disclosure on September 29 at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. The process aims to establish stakeholder consensus about high-level principles that will promote better collaboration among security researchers, vendors, and owners [...]

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NTIA Drone Privacy Multistakeholder Forum to Convene on September 24

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will convene the second meeting of the multistakeholder process on drone privacy, transparency, and accountability on September 24. Stakeholders will continue discussions of how to organizationally and substantively approach important privacy issues related to the use of drones, known as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). A key goal of [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of September 14

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 Hearing: Achieving the Promise of Health Information Technology: Improving Care Through Patient Access to Their Records Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee 10 am | 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building Hearing: Reforming the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) Senate Judiciary Committee 10:15 am | 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building Friday, [...]

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NIST Invites Comments on U.S. Participation in International Cybersecurity Standards

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is accepting public comments on a new interagency report advocating U.S. participation in international cybersecurity standardization. The report identifies four interrelated strategic objectives: (a) enhance national and economic security and public safety, (b) ensure standards and assessment tools are technically sound, (c) facilitate international trade, and (d) [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of August 3

Senate Floor: Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, S. 754 Legislation pertaining to the sharing of cybersecurity threat and vulnerability information between the public and private sectors. Monday, August 3, 2015 Briefing: The Internet Takes Flight: Commercial Drones and the Online Economy Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee Noon | 2226 Rayburn House Office Building Wednesday, August 5, [...]

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NTIA Multistakeholder Process on Drones: First Meeting on August 3

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will hold the first meeting of the new multistakeholder process on drone privacy, transparency, and accountability on August 3 from 1-5 pm Eastern Time. The goal of the multistakeholder process will be to produce a set of best practices for the commercial and private use of drones, known [...]

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USACM Submits Comments to NIST on Privacy Risk Management for Federal Information Systems

USACM today submitted comments to NIST on the draft report, Privacy Risk Management for Federal Information Systems (NISTIR 8062). USACM supports NIST’s efforts to define a framework to help manage growing privacy risk in the processing of personal information in federal information technology systems. Among the comments, USACM recommends that NIST consider providing additional discussion [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of July 27

House Floor H.R. 2206, State Wide Interoperable Communications Enhancement Act H.R. 1634, Border Security Technology Accountability Act Tuesday July 28, 2015 Hearing: Continued Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology 10:15 am | 2322 Rayburn House Office Building Hearing: Promoting and Incentivizing Cybersecurity Best Practices House Homeland [...]

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NTIA Invites Participation in a New Cybersecurity Multistakeholder Process on Vulnerability Research Disclosure

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) invites businesses, organizations, and individuals to participate in a new cybersecurity multistakeholder process on vulnerability research disclosure. The process aims to leverage and build on existing multistakeholder cybersecurity efforts and to produce an actionable voluntary outcome, such as high-level principles that shape future policy and inform best practices. [...]

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NTIA Invites Participation in a New Multistakeholder Process on Drones

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) invites businesses, organizations, and individuals to participate in a new multistakeholder process on drone privacy, transparency, and accountability. The goal is to produce a set of best practices for the commercial and private use of drones, known as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). President Obama called for the initiation [...]

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U.S. Department of Commerce Seeks Public Comments on Proposed Export Definitions Relevant to Cloud and Other Digital Services

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security is accepting public comments on proposed revisions to definitions in the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The proposed rules contain a new provision relevant to cloud, email, and other third-party digital services. Comments are due by August 3. The rules recognize and clarify for the first [...]

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Washington News – Alerts and Updates

General Announcements * Nominations for ACM Distinguished Member are due by August 3. Security * The U.S. Department of Commerce is accepting public comments on proposed revisions to definitions in the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The revisions are relevant to encrypted transfers used in cloud and other digital services. Comments are due by August 3: [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of July 20

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 Hearing: Protecting the Electric Grid from the Potential Threats of Solar Storms and Electromagnetic Pulse Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee 10 am | 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building Hearing: Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Exploring Barriers and Opportunities within Innovation Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee 10 am [...]

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NIST Seeks Public Comments on Privacy Risk Management Framework for Federal Information Systems

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is accepting public comments on a draft report, Privacy Risk Management for Federal Information Systems, which describes a privacy risk management framework for federal information systems. The document describes privacy engineering objectives and a privacy risk model. Comments are due by July 31. Commentators are asked to [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of July 13

Senate Floor: Every Child Achieves Act, S. 1177 Education legislation relevant to K-12 computer science courses and teachers. Tuesday, July 14, 2015 Hearing: Oversight of the United States Department of Homeland Security House Judiciary Committee 10 am | 2141 Rayburn House Office Building Advancing Commercial Weather Data: Collaborative Efforts to Improve Forecasts Part II House [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of July 6

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 Briefing: Informal STEM Education 101: A Briefing for Policymakers on the Basics of “What We Mean when We Talk about Informal STEM Education” STEM Education Coalition 2 PM | 2325 Rayburn House Office Building (RSVP to Coalition) Wednesday, July 8, 2015 Hearing: Encryption, Technology, and the Balance Between Public Safety and [...]

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NIST Seeks Public Comments on Improving Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection

NIST’s National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) is accepting public comments on a workshop report on improving cybersecurity and consumer protection. The workshop coincided with the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection. NIST has extended the deadline for public comments until July 17. Stakeholders are strongly encouraged to provide feedback on the priority [...]

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DHS Invites Public Comments on Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is accepting public comments on the establishment of new public-private organizations for cybersecurity information sharing. Comments are due July 10. The new Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations (ISAOs) would be for-profit or nonprofit entities comprised of public and private sector members. The organizations would coordinate the sharing of information [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of June 22

House Floor H.R. 805, Domain Openness Through Continued Oversight Matters (DOTCOM) Act of 2015 H.R. 1626, DHS IT Duplication Reduction Act of 2015, as amended H.R. 1637 Federally Funded Research and Development Sunshine Act of 2015, as amended H.R. 2200, CBRN Intelligence and Information Sharing Act, as amended H.R. 1646, Homeland Security Drone Assessment and [...]

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USACM Signs Letter to President Obama Urging Wide Adoption of Encryption Technology

USACM signed a letter to President Obama from a variety of civil society organizations urging him to pursue public policies that encourage the wide adoption of strong encryption technology. The letter is responsive to public statements by Obama Administration officials suggesting that U.S. companies should not provide strong encryption in products and services unless the [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of June 15

House Floor Possible consideration of trade legislation. See below for Tuesday’s scheduled floor action. Monday, June 15, 2015 Hearing: Commercial Cyber Espionage and Barriers to Digital Trade in China U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission 9 am | 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building Briefing: “Making a Maker” and Undergraduate Research Congressional STEM Education Caucus and [...]

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FCC Net Neutrality Rules Take Effect

The FCC’s Open Internet Order became effective on June 12. The Order imposes new bright-line net neutrality rules that prohibit broadband providers from blocking, throttling, and prioritizing paid “fast lanes.” The rules apply to both fixed and mobile broadband Internet service. The Order also reclassifies broadband Internet access service as a “telecommunications service” under Title [...]

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FCC Renews Consumer Advisory Committee

The renewed FCC Consumer Advisory Committee held its first public meeting on June 12. The Committee is comprised of 37 appointed representatives from industry, academia, consumer organizations, disability organizations, and regulatory agencies. FCC Chairman Wheeler reappointed Debra Berlyn, representing the National Consumers League, as the Chair. Its mandate is to provide guidance to the FCC [...]

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Hill Tech Happenings, Week of June 8

Monday, June 8, 2015 Congressional briefing: Carnegie Mellon University and IEEE-USA on “What Can Be Done Today to Dramatically Improve Cybersecurity” with Jeremy Epstein, John Haller, and Rob Seacord. 3 pm | 2168 Rayburn House Office Building Tuesday, June 9, 2015 Nominations: LaVerne Horton Council To be Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology at the [...]

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Washington News – Alerts and Updates

General Announcements * USACM signed a letter to President Obama from a variety of civil society organizations urging him to reject proposals that require U.S. companies to deliberately weaken the security of their products. The letter encourages a focus on public policies to promote the wide adoption of strong encryption technology. * USACM submitted comments [...]

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Washington News – Alerts and Updates

General Announcements * USACM submitted comments on the NIST roadmap for usability and accessibility of future elections. USACM’s comments highlight the importance of usable and accessible voting technologies and systems and the need to improve and ensure the right of all voters to cast their votes independently and privately using secure, reliable, usable, and trustworthy [...]

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NIST Seeks Comments on Electronic Authentication Guideline

NIST seeks public input on which sections of its Electronic Authentication Guideline need updating. Given the evolving landscape of cybersecurity technological innovations and threats targeting remote authentication, NIST is considering a “significant update.” This technical guideline for federal agencies implementing electronic authentication was last updated in 2013. It supplements OMB’s E-Authentication Guidance for Federal Agencies. [...]

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U.S. Copyright Office to Hold Public Hearings on DMCA Exemptions

The U.S. Copyright Office will hold public hearings in May on the proposed exemptions to the prohibitions against circumvention of copyrighted works given in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The public hearings will be held May 19-21 in Los Angeles, California and May 26-29 in Washington, D.C. The final agenda identifies the proposed exemptions [...]

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FCC Seeks Comments on Cybersecurity Risk Management and Best Practices Report

The FCC seeks public comments on the report on “Cybersecurity Risk Management and Best Practices” submitted by the FCC Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council. The 415-page report involved 100+ cybersecurity professionals in a yearlong, multistakeholder effort to develop the first cybersecurity guidance for the communications sector, which includes the broadcasting, satellite, cable, wireless, and [...]

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Federal Agencies Seek Comments on Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Strategic Plan

Federal agencies involved in the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) and the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program seek public input on the priorities and objectives to be included in a cybersecurity research and development strategic plan. Called for by Congress in the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014, the strategic plan [...]

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Washington News – Alerts and Updates

* ACM named Michael Stonebraker of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recipient of the 2014 ACM A.M. Turing Award for fundamental contributions to the concepts and practices underlying modern database systems. * ACM named Dan Boneh recipient of the 2014 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences for his groundbreaking contributions to the development [...]

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National Telecommunications and Information Administration Seeks Comment on Multistakeholder Process for Drones

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) issued a Request for Comments on a multistakeholder process for commercial and private use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones). The goal of the process is to develop and communicate best practices in privacy, transparency, and accountability for drone use. This multistakeholder process is required by a [...]

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Washington News – Alerts and Updates

* Congress continues to hold budget hearings. * The White House invites nominations for the National Medal of Science. The deadline is April 27. * The White House invites nominations for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The deadline is June 1. Voting * The U.S. Election Assistance Commission will hold a roundtable to [...]

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Administration Releases Discussion Draft for Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights

On February 27 the Obama Administration released its discussion draft for a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.  The Administration released a framework for a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights in 2012, calling on Congress to enact it into law. The Administration’s proposal includes the proposed Privacy Bill of Rights as well as enforcement provisions, a [...]

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Washington News – Alerts and Updates

* USACM sent congratulatory letters to the three new Commissioners of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. The letter recommends reestablishing the Technical Guidelines Development Committee, updating the Voluntary Voting Systems Guidelines, updating the testing and certification manuals, and establishing standards for Internet delivery of blank ballots and registration forms. * ACM Immediate Past President Vint [...]

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President and FAA Act On Drone Activity

On February 15th the President issued an Executive Memorandum on the domestic use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS/drones).  That same day the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed new regulations for the routine use of some small UAS.  Once those regulations are published in the Federal Register, the public will have 60 days to submit comments. [...]

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President Speaks at Cybersecurity Summit and Signs Information Sharing Executive Order

Today the White House hosted a Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection Summit at Stanford University.  The event was announced last month as part of the Administration’s rollout of cybersecurity initiatives in advance of the State of the Union address.  Discussions during the Summit touched on secure payments (part of the Administration’s BuySecure initiative), public-private collaboration, and [...]

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USACM Submits Comments For Security Research DMCA Exemption

On February 6 USACM submitted a short comment to The Copyright Office in support of an exemption to the prohibitions against circumvention outlined in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).  Our comments were in support of an exemption for Software – Security Research (Class 25 of the twenty-seven classes open for comment).  This is part [...]

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Washington News – Alerts and Updates

General News • USACM submitted a statement to the U.S. Copyright Office in support of a proposed security research exemption to the prohibitions against circumvention under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Multiple committees collaborated on the statement. • The U.S. Copyright Office now invites public comments from opponents to the 27 proposed exemptions to [...]

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Washington News – Alerts and Updates

General News • USACM issued a press statement on President Obama’s comments on privacy and security in his State of the Union address. • ACM’s Annual Report FY2014, published this month in the Communications of the ACM, features activities and accomplishments by USACM. • The Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG), which was called for in [...]

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U.S. Copyright Office Invites Public Input for 2015 DMCA Rulemaking

The U.S. Copyright Office is accepting public input on proposed exemptions to the prohibitions against circumvention under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). This process takes place every three years. The deadline for the first round of public submissions of factual and legal support is February 6 and is limited to supporters of the proposed [...]

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Administration Includes Computing Initiatives In State of The Union Preview

This week the Obama Administration has been previewing some of the topics the President will cover in his State of the Union address.  That speech will take place next Tuesday, January 20, at 9 p.m. Eastern.  (If you watch the address via the White House website, it will include supporting charts and graphs.)  Many of [...]

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Washington News – Alerts and Updates

General News • The 114th Congress convened last week with Republicans controlling both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. The House has 246 Republicans, 188 Democrats, and 1 vacancy due to Rep. Michael Grimm’s resignation on January 5. The Senate has 54 Republicans, 44 Democrats, and 2 Independents who caucus with the Democrats. [...]

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President Signs Cybersecurity Legislation

The President signed several cybersecurity bills toward the end of 2014.  Much of the legislation signed by President Obama affects various cybersecurity functions within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS): Federal Information Security Modernization Act (S. 2521) – Updates the Federal Information Management Security Act of 2002.  The Office of Management and Budget would oversee [...]

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Federal Spending Bill – What’s in the ‘Cromnibus’ for Tech Policy?

The House last night released the $1 trillion “Cromnibus” bill to fund the government through September 2015. It combines an omnibus spending bill for 11 of the 12 annual appropriations bills for FY 2015 and a continuing resolution (CR) for DHS funding through February. The omnibus bill includes provisions on cybersecurity, cyber theft of intellectual [...]

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USACM Members Testify Before Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) met in Washington D.C. on November 12 to take testimony on privacy in the context of counterterrorism programs.  The board heard from four panels of experts, two of whom were USACM members testifying in their individual roles as privacy and technology researchers.  Video of the meeting is [...]

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USPTO and NIST To Host Multistakeholder Meeting on Cybersecurity and Patents in Silicon Valley on November 14

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in partnership with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will host the first multistakeholder Cybersecurity Partnership Meeting on November 14 in Menlo Park, California. The public meeting will focus on the intersection of cybersecurity with intellectual property, with a particular focus on patents. The event is [...]

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USACM Submits Comments On National Privacy Research Strategy

On October 17, comments closed on a Request for Information from the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) program.  Agencies in this program are working on a National Privacy Research Strategy, and sought input from the public.  Specifically, the request asked for input on the privacy objectives that would inform the strategy.  The [...]

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USACM Focuses On Roadmap In Cybersecurity Framework Comments

As part of its work on the Cybersecurity Framework (Framework), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) sought comments from stakeholders on their experiences with it.  USACM has followed the development of the Framework since the 2013 Executive Order that required it.  We submitted comments on a preliminary outline of the Framework back in [...]

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NITRD Agencies To Develop National Privacy Research Strategy

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has asked a steering group in the Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program to lead development of a National Privacy Research Strategy.  As part of this effort, there is a Request for Information (RFI) seeking comment.  Submissions (of no more than 20 [...]

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NIST Will Present Draft Privacy Engineering Objectives

On Thursday, October 2, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has a webcast scheduled to present its draft (including a discussion deck) Privacy Engineering Objectives and Risk Model.  The development of these materials has been informed by two Privacy Engineering workshops that NIST co-hosted with the International Association of Privacy Professionals. The current [...]

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The Food And Drug Administration Seeks Input On Medical Device Security

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a workshop on medical device cybersecurity for October 21 and 22 in Arlington, Virginia.  Titled “Collaborative Approaches for Medical Device and Health Care Cybersecurity,” the event is intended for a broad audience of stakeholders engaged in health care and public health.  The workshop will be webcast, but [...]

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NIST Continues To Take Feedback On The Cybersecurity Framework

(Edited September 4 to focus on NIST activities concerning the Cybersecurity Framework) The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has posted a Request for Information on the Cybersecurity Framework, with a deadline for comments of October 10.   Developed and administered by the (NIST), the first version of the Framework was released in February of [...]

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USACM Comments On Intersection Of Big Data And Consumer Privacy

Yesterday USACM responded to a Request for Comment from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).  In response to a recommendation in the Administration’s Big Data report released in May, the NTIA solicited public comment on how the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights could support big data. In its comments, USACM notes that while big [...]

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ACM Europe Council and U.S. Public Policy Council Address Computing Issues in EU-US Free Trade Agreement

The ACM Europe Council and the ACM U.S. Public Policy Council presented a consensus position on policy issues relevant to the computing field to negotiators of a new EU-U.S. free trade agreement. ACM Europe Council Chair Fabrizio Gagliardi delivered the remarks for consideration at the sixth round of negotiations for the proposed Transatlantic Trade and [...]

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Supreme Court Recognizes Technology Matters

Guest blog post written by Mark Rasch, U.S. Public Policy Council member The Supreme Court has always had to consider the impact of new technologies on both individuals’ expectations of privacy and ultimately on their rights to be free from “unreasonable” searches and seizures under the Fourth Amendment. When the telephone was invented, the court [...]

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U.S. Supreme Court Tells Police to “Get a Warrant” for Cellphone Searches

The U.S. Supreme Court recently unanimously ruled that law enforcement need to obtain a warrant to search a cellphone seized incident to an arrest. The decision addressed two separate warrantless cellphone search cases before the Court – one involving a smartphone and one involving a flip-lid phone. In the new balancing of law enforcement needs [...]

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FCC Chairman Offers Thoughts On Cybersecurity

In remarks at the American Enterprise Institute on June 12, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler outlined how he sees the Commission addressing cybersecurity.  While perhaps not the first government entity that comes to mind when thinking about cybersecurity, the FCC is concerned with the operations of networks, and would certainly be interested in keeping [...]

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DARPA Launches Cyber Grand Challenge

Today marks the start of the Cyber Grand Challenge, organized by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).  The New York Times has a lengthy article on the challenge, which involves over 35 teams deploying automated cybersecurity solutions.  There’s also an extensive commercial website devoted to the event.  The teams will receive a suite of [...]

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Two Administration Big Data Reports Hint At Policy Challenges Ahead

In early May the White House and the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology (PCAST) each issued reports on ‘big data’ as part of the Administration’s 90-day big data review.   John Holdren, co-chair of PCAST and the President’s science adviser, was involved with both reports.  USACM submitted comments to the Office of [...]

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USACM Contributes To Big Data Review

As part of the Administration’s review of big data, privacy and the economy, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a Request for Information (RFI) in March.  The RFI sought comments on the public policy implications of big data, alone with some insights on the potential benefits of big data and the technology [...]

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USACM Describes The Systems Engineering Analysis It Recommends For Surveillance Programs

In comments to both the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board and the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, USACM recommended the use of an independent systems engineering analysis to review the design and operation of complex processes and systems.  Our members spent some time further considering what should go into such an analysis, [...]

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USACM Supports Creation of a New Public Interest Trade Advisory Committee

USACM today strongly supported the creation of a new Public Interest Trade Advisory Committee in its comments submitted to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). The Public Interest Trade Advisory Committee would serve as a new mechanism for stakeholder input on trade policy issues. USACM encourages the Advisory Committee, once established, to [...]

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NIST Cloud and Mobility Forum and Workshop on March 25-27, 2014

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host a free NIST Cloud and Mobility Forum and Workshop on March 25-27, at its campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The event will include panel discussions and presentations on future directions for the accessibility, usability, reliability, security, and privacy of mobile devices and [...]

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White House Seeking Input For Its Big Data Review

Following on the announcement in January that the White House would be reviewing Big Data and its influence on privacy and the economy, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has been seeking input from the public and other stakeholders.  The office has already co-sponsored two conferences on big data.  The first was at [...]

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Administration Launches Big Data and Privacy Review

As part of the government response to public concerns over national security surveillance programs, the President announced in January that there would be a review of government activity related to the collection and use of ‘Big Data.’  The effort will involve several government bodies, and is led by White House Counselor John Podesta.  He will [...]

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Reports On Surveillance Programs Vary In Engagement With Technology

In January both the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) and the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies (Review Group) issued their reports on intelligence surveillance programs.  USACM submitted comments to both PCLOB and the Review Group.  In its comments, USACM outlined technical issues and constraints that make effectively implementing these programs [...]

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PCAST Releases Cybersecurity Report

Following its November meeting, the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a letter report on cybersecurity.  The report follows a classified briefing PCAST gave to the President back in February. The report encourages that the federal government and the private sector avoid static procedures on cybersecurity and pursue “a set of [...]

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Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies Hears from USACM

In light of the leaks surrounding U.S. national intelligence surveillance efforts, President Obama appointed a group to review those programs to determine if they are in the best possible balance with other national interests.  This Review Group requested comments from the public on its charge: “[W]hether, in light of advancements in communications technologies, the United [...]

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Cybersecurity Framework Now At Discussion Draft Stage

While cybersecurity legislation slowly inches forward in Congress, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is moving faster in implementing its responsibilities under the recent Executive Order on cybersecurity. Last month we noted that NIST circulated a draft outline of the Cybersecurity Framework (H/T Nextgov). Now there’s a discussion draft of the actual Framework. [...]

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Federal CIO Council Announces Re-Organization

The Federal CIO Council is the primary cross-agency group for information technology management in the government. On Friday the Council announced a major reorganization. Now led by the federal Chief Information Officer, the Council coordinates federal IT management policies, and works with the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Office of Management and [...]

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The Executive Branch Works On Implementing the Cybersecurity Executive Order

Since the President issued an Executive Order on cybersecurity information sharing back in February, several groups have worked on implementing parts of that order. The Senate Commerce Committee has also gotten in on the act, recently approving a bill that would put some parts of the executive order into law. While a draft of the [...]

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USACM Outlines Limitations Of Computing For Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) is an independent federal agency established based on recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. It’s responsible for reviewing executive branch actions in relation to counterterrorism activities to ensure that privacy and civil liberties concerns are part of the conversation in developing and reviewing such policies. In light of [...]

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