FTC Chair Seeks New Privacy and Data Security Authority

In testimony this morning before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, new Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joseph Simons said the FTC needs greater authority to protect consumers. Simons asserted that privacy and data security are now the top priority for the FTC, and signaled his…

For House Hearing, EPIC Urges FTC to Unwind WhatsApp Deal, Enforce Facebook Consent Order

EPIC has sent a statement to the House Energy and Commerce Committee in advance of a hearing on “Oversight of the Federal Trade Commission.” EPIC told the Committee to urge the new FTC leadership to enforce the Facebook Consent Order and unwind the Facebook-WhatsApp merger…

Trump Says He Hadn’t Thought of Asking Putin to Extradite Hackers

… Special Counsel Robert Mueller of hacking Democratic National Committee and … hacked. They had bad defenses and they were able to be hacked … the victims of Putin’s attacks rather than reckon with … insistent that Putin extradite the hackers, there is no chance…

US election hacking: Justice department indicts 12 Russian intelligence officers

… 12 Russian intelligence officers for ‘hacking’ the Democratic National Committee, BBC … malicious software in their purported cyber attacks. The investigation, which is being … 12 Russian intelligence officers allegedly hacked into the computer network of … VISIT THE SOURCE ARTICLE US election hacking: Justice…

Justice Department Charges Russian Cyberspies With Attack On 2016 Election

… related to Russia’s hacking of the Democratic National Committee … ‘s campaign. The GRU attackers also targeted state election systems … States conspired with the Russian attack on the election. Rosenstein said … benefited politically from the Russian attacks but to unite against foreign…

EPIC to Congress: Declassified Russian Meddling Report Should be Released

In advance of a joint Committee hearing on “Oversight of FBI and DOJ Actions Surrounding the 2016 Election,” EPIC has sent a statement to the House Judiciary and House Oversight Committees urging the release of the complete declassified Intelligence Community report on Russian interference in…

Congress Asks Google, Apple About Smartphone Data Collection

Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee have sent letters to Apple CEO Tim Cook and Alphabet CEO Larry Page seeking information about the data collection capabilities of smartphones. Prompted by recent privacy scandals, the representatives asked Google and Apple whether their devices track…

Secret Service Wants Congress to Regulate Anonymous Cryptocurrencies, Coin Mixing, and Mining Pools

The United States House of Representatives’ Committee on Financial Services’ Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance recently held a hearing on the Illicit Use of Virtual Currency and the Law Enforcement Response. The only three people to testify at the hearing before the Subcommittee on…

Senate Committee Confirms 2016 Russian Cyberattack on Democratic Institutions

A report from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has confirmed the 2017 assessment from the Intelligence Community on Russian interference with the 2016 election. The Intelligence report stated “Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and…

In rebuke to Trump, key Senate panel endorses finding that Russia attacked 2016 election

WASHINGTON — The Senate Intelligence Committee, rejecting doubts conveyed by President Trump as recently as last week, has become the latest body to officially conclude that the Russian government conducted a wide-ranging campaign — including cyberattacks … VISIT THE SOURCE ARTICLE In rebuke to Trump,…