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DHS chief privacy officer steps down

Mary Ellen Callahan plans to move back to the private sector to practice law after three years of service to the federal government. Callahan made rigorous privacy safeguards the norm during her time at DHS.

Tags: Mary Ellen Callahan , Jonathan Cantor , Keith BieryGolick , people , Daniel Akaka , DHS ,

Wednesday - 08/01/2012, 05:50am EDT

Civil-liberties groups alarmed by cybersecurity bills

Several advocacy groups have raised major civil-liberties concerns about pending cybersecurity legislation, claiming the language may unfairly expose personal information and punish those who hide it.

Tags: cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Congress , Electronic Frontier Foundation , Center for Democracy and Technology , civil liberties ,

Thursday - 04/05/2012, 11:45am EDT

Grassley, Issa call for review of federal policies for using personal email

In a letter to Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Jeff Zients, the two lawmakers say the Food and Drug Administration lawsuit raises broader questions about how other agencies monitor employee use of personal email. The House and Senate members want OMB to conduct a governmentwide analysis of these policies.

Tags: technology , Charles Grassley , Darrell Issa , Jeff Zients , OMB , FDA , whistleblower protection , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 03/06/2012, 02:34pm EST

Senate cyber bill faces bumpy road ahead

Lawmakers at odds over critical infrastructure protection provisions. Sen. McCain promised to introduce a new version of a comprehensive cyber bill to focus on collaboration and information sharing instead of regulation of critical infrastructures. Sens. Joseph Lieberman and Susan Collins refute the criticism, saying they've held 10 hearings, hundreds of meeting and pleaded with others in the Senate to offer comments.

Tags: technology , management , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , John McCain , Tom Ridge , Janet Napolitano , DHS , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , cybersecurity , Critical infrastructure , DoD , NSA , U.S. Chamber of Commerce , Jason Miller

Friday - 02/17/2012, 06:04am EST
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DHS defends social media monitoring program

DHS officials said they're only monitoring Twitter and Facebook to get situational awareness of the homeland security situation. Congress seems unconvinced. Privacy group wants lawmakers to take action to stop DHS.

Tags: Privacy Act , civil liberties , DHS , Congress , social media , information sharing , Patrick Meehan , Jackie Speier , Electronic Privacy Information Center , Mary Ellen Callahan , Jared Serbu , Web 2.0

Friday - 02/17/2012, 05:12am EST
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DoD to issue new civil liberties guidance

Michael Reheuser is the director of the Defense Privacy and Civil Liberties Office, that oversees the Defense Department's compliance with the Privacy Act, which has been largely unchanged since 1974.

Tags: DoD , On DoD , Privacy Act , civil liberties , 9/11 commission , Defense Privacy and Civil Liberties Office , Michael Reheuser , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 02/15/2012, 12:32pm EST
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Analysis: Cyber bills must ensure 'sanitized' info sharing

As Congress prepares to take up a slew of cybersecurity legislation, one privacy advocate group is calling on lawmakers to include strong privacy protections into any bill it considers.

Tags: Sharon Bradford Franklin , Constitution Project , cybersecurity , technology , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 01/31/2012, 11:16am EST
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What does Google's new privacy policy mean for feds?

David Jacobs, a consumer privacy fellow at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, talks to The Federal Drive with Tom Temin about what Google's new policy means for you.

Tags: David Jacobs , Electronic Privacy Information Center , Google , Federal Drive

Friday - 01/27/2012, 12:20pm EST
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OIRA outlines privacy assessments for using 3rd party websites

New memo gives agencies a template to develop privacy impact assessments when using commercial sites. The guidance follows OMB's June 2010 memo on using Web cookies.

Tags: management , technology , OMB , OIRA , Kevin Nyland , PIA , third-party websites , Jason Miller

Thursday - 01/05/2012, 03:02pm EST
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