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Privacy, Data Protection and Security

Cyber Laws To Keep An Eye On

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 19:36

By: Arthur M. Freyre

Cybersecurity has been a predominant theme during this Congressional session. Over the past month, the U.S. Senate has received several proposed laws relating to cybersecurity, three of which prove to be particularly interesting as they address many issues surrounding evolving technology and the need for comprehensive adaptation and regulation, such as those surrounding small business cyber planning, the impact of data storage across the globe, and the implications involved with inter-networking of electronic devices. These proposed bills in focus have been forwarded to their respective committees for review. Since the legislation is still in the initial stages, we can anticipate changes via amendments, however the core substance of these proposed bills should remain the same.

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Microsoft vs. DOJ - Round 2

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Monday, 09 January 2017 15:48

By: Arthur M. Freyre

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Microsoft and the Department of Justice have had a few interesting court cases over the past twenty years, with the most famous being the anti-trust case involving the Internet provider, Netscape. This latest battle between the DOJ and Microsoft might become the most notorious. 

The case is known as the Microsoft Ireland case. The Microsoft Ireland case centers on the DOJ’s warrant to review emails in a customer’s account maintained by Microsoft pursuant to the Stored Communications Act (the “Act”).[i] The Stored Communications Act which was passed in 1986, made it illegal for one to access an electronic storage facility without the proper authorization.

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Cybersecurity Awareness Month

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Monday, 31 October 2016 15:39

By: Arthur M. Freyre

The state of Florida dodged a major hurricane earlier this month. With the impending danger of potentially disastrous weather, the State of Florida initiated its emergency response plan. While the state was preparing for Matthew, Floridians were advised to have their hurricane plans ready, including getting shutters ready in preparation for any potential landfall by Hurricane Matthew. If it had made landfall in South Florida, the damage would have been catastrophic. Thankfully, it did not. 

Being prepared for a hurricane or other pending weather phenomena is similar to being prepared for a cybersecurity breach. The damage caused by either one is similar in that the damage would be immense and it would take time to rebuild-whether it is a physical building or your company’s reputation.

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Data Security and Presidential Campaigns (PART II)

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Tuesday, 23 August 2016 14:05

By: Arthur M. Freyre

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The 2016 Presidential Election may have inadvertently made data protection a campaign issue. Last month’s release of DNC emails by WikiLeaks not only caused embarrassment, but also the resignation of the DNC chair. The entire ordeal could have been prevented or controlled had the DNC paid attention to the warnings issued long before the breach. Last November, the Online Trust Alliance released a report on assessing the safety of presidential campaigns. The report, which focused on site security, consumer protection, and privacy, gave many campaigns failing grades for their lack of implementing a data privacy policy. Many additional warnings from computer security consultants hired by the DNC were issued last fall after a two-month review was conducted. The results found several flaws from out-of-date firewalls to a lack of advanced malware detection technology on computers.

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Going Dark, Going Forward - An Encryption Update

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Privacy, Data Protection and Security
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 16:06

By: Arthur M. Freyre

The House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee issued a report on the state of the encryption debate this past month, prior to the House leaving for recess. The report called, “Going Dark, Going Forward” provides the reader with an overview concerning the encryption debate that has been going on not only here in the U.S., but in other countries. 

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