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Yesterday's post on legislation to address data brokering touched on the recent number of articles on the extent of data brokering is making intimate information about Americans available for sale, including medical visits, use of dating apps, and tracking a person over time and in close to real-time. The post examined legislation in Congress that would require data brokers to honor requests to delete data and to not track people. The FTC would establish and enforce this new system. Subscribe to read the post.
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The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued a decision that “confirms that European Union (EU) law precludes the general and indiscriminate retention of traffic and location data relating to electronic communications for the purposes of combating serious crime” per its press release.
The United States (U.S.) Senate confirmed Alan Estevez to be the Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security, the official that heads the entity charged with export control, the Bureau of Industry and Security.
Two committees of the European Parliament voted to bolster the “know your customer” requirements for crypto-assets in the European Commission’s proposed anti-money laundering legislation.
United States (U.S.) Senator Angus King (I-ME) and Representative Mike Gallagher (R-WI) who co-chair the Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC), wrote President Joe Biden to argue “the critical importance of National Security Presidential Memorandum – 13 (NSPM-13), which established an agile workflow allowing the Department of Defense to plan and conduct time-sensitive offensive cyber operations.”
A quartet of liberal Democratic United States (U.S.) Senators wrote Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan, “raising concerns about the proposed Microsoft-Activision merger and requesting that the agency closely examine its impact on workers.”
The European Commission “is proposing to update the EU consumer rules to empower consumers for the green transition…[who] will have a right to know how long a product is designed to last for and how, if at all, it can be repaired” and “will strengthen consumer protection against untrustworthy or false environmental claims, banning ‘greenwashing' and practices misleading consumers about the durability of a product.”
United States (U.S.) Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chair Jessica Rosenworcel and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) head Alan Davidson met “to discuss spectrum policy efforts, the first monthly FCC/NTIA coordination meeting since the leaders launched their Spectrum Coordination Initiative…[and] also announced today that they have launched a joint task force which met this week to begin discussing the details of a new Memorandum of Understanding between the agencies.”
The United States (U.S.) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) published a private industry notification “warning US election and other state and local government officials about invoice-themed phishing emails that could be used to harvest officials’ login credentials.”
The United States (U.S.) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) held its second Cybersecurity Advisory Committee meeting and in its readout provided updates on the work of its subcommittees.
The United States (U.S.) Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) “sanctioned the world’s largest and most prominent darknet market, Hydra Market (Hydra), in a coordinated international effort to disrupt proliferation of malicious cybercrime services, dangerous drugs, and other illegal offerings available through the Russia-based site.”
“Trump’s Truth Social in trouble as financial, technical woes mount” By Drew Harwell and Josh Dawsey — Washington Post
“Debate erupts at news the White House may scale back DOD cyber-ops authorities” By Suzanne Smalley — cyberscoop
“China tells big tech to reveal some customers' income” By Laura Dobberstein — The Register
“FBI Warns of Phishing Attacks Targeting US Election Officials” By Ionut Arghire — Security Week
“The U.S. imposes sanctions on Russian technology companies and evasion networks.” By Alan Rappeport — New York Times
“LAPSUS$: How a Sloppy Extortion Gang Became One of the Most Prolific Hacking Groups” By Joseph Cox — Vice
“Huawei’s CFO promoted to a top post months after U.S. extradition deal” By Eva Dou — Washington Post
“Data leak from Russian delivery app shows dining habits of the secret police” By Emma Roth — The Verge
“Inside Cyber Front Z, the ‘People’s Movement’ Spreading Russian Propaganda” By David Gilbert — Vice
“Google Target Mandiant Sued by Shareholder Over Acquisition” By Chris Dolmetsch — Bloomberg
“Face scanner Clearview AI aims to branch out beyond police” By Matt O'brien and Tali Arbel — Associated Press
“The FBI is spending millions on social media tracking software” By Aaron Schaeffer — Washington Post
“A ‘Bug’ That Leaves the Data of ultra-Orthodox People Exposed Has Devastating Results” By Ran Bar-Zik — Haaretz
“An ex-cop fell for Alice. Then he fell for her $66 million crypto scam.” By Jeremy B. Merrill and Steven Zeitchik — Washington Post
“Mailchimp says an internal tool was used to breach hundreds of accounts” By Carly Page — Tech Crunch
“TikTok’s Parent, ByteDance, Made Fake Accounts With Content Scraped From Instagram And Snapchat, Former Employees Say” By Emily Baker-White — BuzzFeed News
“Her Majesty’s Treasury is working on a new kind of mint: NFTs” By Mitchell Clark — The Verge
“I Want You Back: Getting My Personal Data From Amazon Was Weeks of Confusion and Tedium” By Nikita Mazurov — The Intercept
“Russia Internet Giant Risks Running Out of Vital Tech in a Year” By Giles Turner — Bloomberg
“How China’s TikTok, Facebook influencers push propaganda” By Amanda Seitz, Eric Tucker and Mike Catalini — Associated Press