Inside One Lawmaker's Proposal for a Privacy Bill of Rights

U.S. Sen. Ed Markey’s, D-Mass., sweeping privacy framework would limit the amount of data companies collect on users and require more transparency about how it’s being used.

A Patchwork of Privacy Laws Will Stifle Innovation

COMMENTARY | The president of the Consumer Technology Association says California's privacy law—along with proposed legislation in Washington state and Massachusetts—will create a tangle of rules that "stifle competition and choke small businesses."

Without a Federal Privacy Law, States Are Left to Figure Out How to Protect Consumer Data

Representatives of the technology industry, and some state officials, say having broad privacy laws in each state could curb innovation. But other states leaders argue intervention is necessary to protect consumers.

Government Watchdog Urges Congress to Start Moving on a Privacy Law

GAO researchers recommended lawmakers give regulators more power to write rules and punish the companies that break them.

When Regulating New Tech Harms Public Safety

COMMENTARY | Facial recognition technology is new and nascent, but not a departure from the innate abilities humans are born with. Efforts by states to limit its use harms public safety and deters innovation.

After a Ransomware Attack, More Unwelcome News for Local Government Employees

An abundance of caution months after a cyber assault on one municipality’s IT systems.

U.S. Circuit Court’s Big Ruling in Smart Meter 'Warrantless Search' Case

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Privacy Concerns Raised With Connecticut’s $10 Million Electronic Tolling Study

“If Connecticut does not restrict how it shares toll information, state tolls could become an on-ramp for the federal government’s deportation machine,” the ACLU says.

Orlando Does an About-Face on Facial Recognition Technology

The city’s police department is moving forward with the second phase of testing weeks after the initial pilot program ended amid concerns raised by civil liberties groups.

Keeping Students' Data Safe

David Couch, chief information officer for the Kentucky Department of Education, discusses student data privacy, the biggest threats to his state's system and cutting down on the information that school districts collect.

The Difficult Balance of Transparency and Privacy for Local Governments

“Risk will never be zero so it has to be actively managed,” according to Jason Lally, data services manager for the city and county of San Francisco.

States Stumble on Internet Privacy

Broad-based consumer bills on internet privacy and net neutrality failed or are still pending as state legislative sessions wind down. And the ones that have passed have been limited.

Government Should ‘Stop Pretending’ Your Social Security Number Is Secret

Cyber experts want Congress to explore different ways to prove people’s identities.

Artificial Intelligence for Policing Stirs Ethics Concerns

A top body camera company has launched a panel to explore the issue. Civil rights and privacy groups aren't totally satisfied.

What Cities Need to Know About Chatbots and Data Security

Chatbots make city services more efficient, but are they safe to use?

Uber Agrees to Expanded Data Breach Settlement With FTC

The ride-sharing company tried to conceal a 2016 data breach through its bug bounty program.

State AGs Have Questions for Facebook’s Zuckerberg

And they expect the social network CEO’s ‘full cooperation’ while they ensure the consumer privacy of users.

Oregon State Employee Moves Tens of Thousands of Taxpayer Records to Personal Cloud

The February incident shows why routine log reviews by IT security personnel are important.

Madison Square Garden Has Been Secretly Scanning Fans With Facial Recognition

Facial recognition technology isn’t illegal. Still, many privacy advocates object to the software’s widespread use since it allows silent surveillance without consent.