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Chairman Wheeler’s Proposal to Promote Fairness, Competition, and Investment in the Business Data Services Market

Categories: Antitrust/Monopoly,Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Telecommunications/Internet

Proposal that would promote competition in the telecommunications industry by revising regulatory environment.  Calls for lowering price caps and changing policies on sharing of sensitive customer data by telecom companies.  Represents a revision of an earlier proposal.  From the Federal Communications Commission


The OPM Data Breach: How the Government Jeopardized Our National Security for More Than a Generation

Categories: Govt Personnel,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Homeland Security,Privacy,Telecommunications/Internet

Committee staff report on the hacking of Office of Personnel Management data bases by foreign sources in 2015.  The report blames the agency for failing to heed repeated warnings about inadequate security and for misleading the public on the extent of the damage.  From the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform


Joint Doctrine Note 2-16: Identity Activities

Categories: Defense/Military,Homeland Security,Privacy,Terrorism

Attempts to provide guidance for military authorities to plan, execute, and assess identity activities, described as establishing and characterizing the identity of persons of interest, known adversaries, and others who contribute to the rise of anonymous, dispersed, and concealed threats.  From the Defense Department, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Regulation of Drones

Surveys the rules that apply to the operation of civilian drones in thirteen countries and the European Union including concerns about public safety, privacy, and national security. From the Law Library of Congress


Privacy Act of 1974 : Implementation [and The Next Generation Identification System]

Categories: Crime/Justice,Headlines,Homeland Security,Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Science/Technology

Notice of proposed rulemaking that seeks to exempt the FBI’s Next Generation Identification System from provisions of the Privacy Act.  The action would screen a national database of fingerprints and biometric identifiers from lawsuits based on Privacy Act violations.  From the Federal Register and the Government Publishing Office’s GovInfo system.


The U.S. Intelligence Community: Selected Cross-Cutting Issues

Categories: Govt Finance,Govt Secrecy,Privacy,Spying/Intelligence

Focuses on management issues that affect the Intelligence Community’s ability to counter pervasive and emerging threats.  Describes 8 issues of importance including a policy of continuous evaluation as a substitute for polygraph tests to monitor employee behavior and reliability.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Micro Unmanned Aircraft Systems Aviation Rulemaking Committee Recommendations: Final Report

Categories: Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Science/Technology,Transportation

Report from a federally-commissioned panel which recommends that commercial small drones be allowed to fly over populated areas.  Federal rules currently ban such flights, due to concerns about privacy and safety, especially near airports.  From the Federal Aviation Administration


Department of Homeland Security Privacy Office 2015 Freedom of Information Act Report

Categories: Govt Information,Homeland Security,Privacy

Claims a 66% reduction in the backlog of FOIA requests over the past year and that DHS receives the largest number of FOIA requests of any federal agency. From the Department of Homeland Security


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