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Target Data Breach Has Congress Eying Data-Security Alternatives

February 6, 2014 Congress will consider new approaches to data security in the wake of major data thefts at Target and other retailers, a key House Republican said Wednesday. Rep. Fred Upton—the top Republican on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee—suggested that Congress may need to tackle customer data security "differently" than...

Feds: NSA ‘Probably’ Spies on Members of Congress

February 4, 2014 The National Security Agency "probably" collects phone records of members of Congress and their staffs, a senior Justice Department official conceded Tuesday. Deputy Attorney General James Cole buckled under questioning from multiple lawmakers during a House Judiciary Committee hearing reviewing proposals to reform the NSA's surveillance activity. Rep. Zoe Lofgren,...

Patriot Act Architect: No More Spying Unless My NSA Reform Bill Passes

February 4, 2014 Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner sent another warning shot Tuesday to members of the intelligence community that they risk losing all congressional authority for the National Security Agency's collection of bulk telephone records if his bill restricting the program is not passed. Sensenbrenner, a Wisconsin Republican, told Deputy Attorney General James Cole...

Senators Launch Probe of Massive Data Breaches

February 4, 2014 Several senators repeated calls for legislation to ward off massive data thefts during a hearing Monday to review the vulnerability of the nation's digital-payment systems, the first in a trio of sessions this week examining the enormous breaches sustained recently at retailers around the country. Sen. Elizabeth Warren declared that...

Internet Giants, Amid Grumbling, Release New Data on Government Spying

February 3, 2014 Several Internet behemoths released updated data Monday detailing in broad terms the amount of national security requests for user data they have received from the government, part of transparency reports recently permitted by the Obama administration. The reports—from Google, Microsoft, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Yahoo—provide information on the number of government...

Hotels Appear to Be Latest Victims of Credit Card Data Breach

February 3, 2014 The data breaches just keep coming, and now it looks it might not even be safe to use your plastic to purchase a good night's rest at an upscale hotel. White Lodging Services Corp., an Indiana-based management company that oversees blockbuster hotel chains, including the Hilton, Marriott, Sheraton, and Westin,...

NSA Gets Its First Civil Liberties and Privacy Officer

January 29, 2014 The National Security Agency has tapped a senior official within the Homeland Security Department to serve as its inaugural civil-liberties and privacy officer, NSA chief Keith Alexander announced Wednesday. Rebecca Richards worked as the director of privacy compliance at DHS and has been with the department since 2004, according to...

The NSA Finally Names Its Internal Privacy Advocate

January 29, 2014 The National Security Agency has tapped a senior official within the Department of Homeland Security to serve as its inaugural civil liberties and privacy officer, NSA chief Keith Alexander announced Wednesday. Rebecca Richards worked as the director of privacy compliance at DHS and has been with the department since 2004,...

CFPB Director: Yes, We Have Data. No, We're Not the NSA.

January 28, 2014 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and National Security Agency both collect data. They are both federal agencies. So does that make them the same thing? At least one House member seems to think so. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau chief Richard Cordray appeared before the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday...

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Chief: Yes, We Have Data. No, We're Not the NSA

January 28, 2014 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and National Security Agency both collect data. They are both federal agencies. So does that make them the same thing? At least one House member seems to think so. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau chief Richard Cordray appeared before the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday...