…. now, new cross-device technologies are enabling the advertising industry to combine all our information streams into a single comprehensive profile by linking each of us to our desktop, mobile phone, and iPad. Throw in wearable devices like a Fitbit, connected TVs, and the Internet of Things, and the concept of cross-device tracking expands to potentially include anything that gives off a signal.
There are two methods to track people across devices. The more precise technique is deterministic tracking, which links devices to a single user when that person logs into the same site from a desktop computer, phone, and tablet.
Not rocket science: While improved technology is crucial, much of what is required for boosting protection is already known but hasn't been fully or properly implemented government-wide.
Talk to each other: Cybersecurity experts and federal agency business executives need to improve communications "more directly and diligently" about the connection between cybersecurity and agency missions.
Risk and IT connections: It seems logical, but ACT-IAC found that emerging cadres of executive-level risk managers such as chief risk officers and chief data officers need to work with their traditional counterparts in IT, such as agency CIOs.
Boosting cyber IQ: Cybersecurity-related training in government is largely deficient. Greater emphasis is needed on competencies, practice sessions and drills, and shared cyber knowledge management.
See something, say something: "Enhanced and timely operational information sharing (threats, incidents, solutions and responses) between industry and government" is critical to improving cyber safeguards, ACT-IAC found.
On Tuesday, the White House is expected to announce that it is seeking to hire its first chief information security officer, a role filled at many companies and local governments but one that has long been absent at the federal level, despite complaints for security experts and lawmakers.
The French data-protection regulator threatened Facebook with financial sanctions, should the company keep invading the privacy of its own users, as well as others.
The Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) published a paper detailing the charges last Monday. The 17-page document points out how Facebook collects and uses information about its users or about others who do even not have a Facebook account.
A coalition of technology companies is backing Twitter Inc.’s legal push to expand what companies can divulge about government surveillance requests in national security investigations.
In an amici curiae brief filed on Friday, a group that includes the operators of WordPress, Medium, Reddit, and Wikipedia contend that their free speech rights are violated by regulations that permit them to disclose the number of national-security requests they receive, but only in wide bands.
“Reporting national security requests under the rubric approved by the United States government obfuscates rather than illuminates the volume” of requests, wrote Marcia Hofmann of Zeitgeist Law PC on behalf of eight separate organizations.