Cryptocurrency

With Crypto Scams on the Rise, Legislators Debate Regulations

Cryptocurrency scams are on the rise, and will become even more prevalent in 2022 according to security firm Lookout. That prediction is supported by data from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which found that from October 200 to May 2021, consumers reported losing more than $80 million to cryptocurrency scams—an increase of nearly 12 times…
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Data Protection

Opinion: How the U.S. Government’s Efforts Can Improve Data Privacy and Protection in 2021

This year, cybersecurity incidents, such as data breaches, have led to the proliferation of identity theft and fraud, facilitated by a lack of digital identity verification credentials. Additionally, data privacy legislation has gained momentum at the state level and become a key area of concern for lawmakers and citizens alike. Meanwhile, artificial intelligence and blockchain…
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House

House Passes Bills to Strengthen Telecommunications Infrastructure and Supply Chains

On Wednesday, The U.S. House of Representatives passed a slate of bipartisan bills aimed at securing U.S. telecommunications infrastructure. Concern is growing throughout the government about the risk to U.S. telecom networks from foreign adversaries, particularly from China. According to Reuters, a group of five senators recently wrote a letter urging the Federal Communications Commission…
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Pegasus

Pegasus and Privacy

Pegasus spyware, developed by the NSO Group, an Israeli company, has provoked the ire of journalists, privacy advocates, the EU, UN, and U.S. Congress following revelations that the software was used to monitor over 50,000 cell phone numbers from individuals across 50 countries. Export licenses for this military-grade software must be approved by the Israeli…
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Data Privacy Bills

Three Data Privacy Bills to Watch

Staying on top of privacy legislation requires consistent effort. It’s overwhelming enough to keep track of the bills that do pass, but if you ignore proposed bills you risk being blindsided. Nobody wants to suddenly learn that they have insufficient time to adjust to a new piece of regulation. That being said, if keeping up…
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Cybersecurity

Infrastructure Bill Allocates Nearly $2 Billion to Cybersecurity

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate approved a $1 trillion infrastructure package, which it has passed along to the House for approval. The package includes a variety of bills that allocate spending toward critical infrastructure, including roads, railways, bridges, electric vehicles, and telecom companies. The package also allocates more than $1.9 billion toward cybersecurity. The move…
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Cybersecurity

Federal Government Leaning Into Cybersecurity

As Congress returns to Capitol Hill, it’s eyeing several pieces of legislation focused on cybersecurity. On the agenda: voting on a new leader for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency, (Jen Easterly’s been nominated but must be confirmed), along with two cybersecurity related bills: The Civilian Cyber Security Reserve Act (CCSRA), and the K-12 Cybersecurity Act.…
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