Monthly Archives: January 2006

President Outlines Competitiveness Agenda: Double NSF’s budget, Math & Science Education Critical

“The American economy is pre-eminent – but we cannot afford to be complacent. In a dynamic world economy, we are seeing new competitors like China and India. We must continue to lead the world in human talent and creativity. Our greatest advantage in the world has always been our educated, hard-working, ambitious people – and [...]

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ChoicePoint gets largest ever FTC civil penalty

ChoicePoint, the data broker at the center of the data breach controversy that erupted last year (and continues to play out even now), has received a $10 million fine from the Federal Trade Commission and, in addition, has agreed to contribute another $5 million to a fund aimed at helping those who were harmed following [...]

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USACM urges policymakers to adopt a broader view of data security

Following last year’s numerous high-profile data breaches (which we’ve been covering closely), there are now numerous pieces of data security and privacy legislation pending in Congress — coming under the jurisdiction of numerous committees and using a range of different approaches. Indeed, the field is so crowded that it’s difficult to tell which bills have [...]

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Sony BMG settling “rootkit” cases

Last week the Wall Street Journal [subsc. req'd] reported that Sony BMG has reached tentative settlements in a number of class-action law suits brought against the company as a result of the recent “rootkit” fiasco (described in our November newsletter). According to the Journal article, the settlements provide that … consumers would be able to [...]

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ACM Washington Update, Vol. 9.12 (December 31, 2005)

CONTENTS [1] Newsletter Highlights [2] USACM Chair Comments on Pentagon Cybersecurity [3] Congress Creates New $4.5 Billion Math and Science Educ. Program [4] News of NSA Eavesdropping Program Prompts Data Mining Speculation [5] Congress Extends Patriot Act … For a Few Weeks [6] EU Data Retention Law Passes [7] Upcoming Events [8] About USACM

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