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NEWS THIS WEEK: Apple patches iOS vulnerabilities; Roomba’s plan to map homes raises concerns; tax breaks for cybersecurity training proposed

By Byron V. Acohido In news this wekk, a company is offering to microchip employees, enabling them to open doors, log onto computers and purchase snacks with a swipe of the hand. Three Square Market, also known as 32M, said more than 50 employees are voluntarily getting implants Aug. 1 at what the company is […]

NEWS THIS WEEK: Google resists Europe’s privacy rules; Ashley Madison pays $11 million to settle privacy breach suit; hacker grabs control of Segway scooter

By Byron V. Acohido In the news this week, Europe’s “right to be forgotten” ruling, which allows private citizens in the region to make requests that search engines delist incorrect, irrelevant or out of date information returned by an online search for their full name, is set to return to the region’s top court to […]

NEWS THIS WEEK: Face scan may be required to travel abroad; Trump hotels violate privacy; Verizon exposes data

By Byron V. Acohido In the news this week, U.S. citizens boarding international flights might have to submit to a face scan. The Department of Homeland Security says it’s the only way to successfully expand a program that tracks nonimmigrant foreigners. They have been required by law since 2004 to submit to biometric identity scans—but […]

NEWS THIS WEEK: Privacy group sues Trump administration; Pennsylvania county loses childrens’ records; Window 10 needs privacy update

By Byron V. Acohido In the news this week, a privacy watchdog group is suing the Trump administration’s commission investigating alleged election fraud, saying the requested information violates voters’ privacy. The Electronic Privacy Information Center, a nonprofit research organization, filed for a temporary restraining order to block the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity from […]

NEWS THIS WEEK: Ransomware worm spreads globally; Apple, Cisco partner on systems to lower cyber insurance costs; British navy ships vulnerable to cyber attack

By Byron V. Acohido In the news this past week, companies worldwide struggled to recover after a wave of powerful cyber attacks crippled computer systems in Europe, Asia and the United States with a virus similar to the global ransomware assault in May that infected computers. Researchers at Kaspersky Lab said a regional Ukrainian website […]

NEWS THIS WEEK: Republican contractor exposes voter records; California seeks stiffer data privacy law; Florida schools hacked

By Byron V. Acohido In the news this past week, Girl Scouts can start earning cybersecurity badges next year, thanks to an effort by the Girl Scouts of America and cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks. “We surveyed a lot of girls,” Girl Scouts CEO Sylvia Acevedo said. “In those evaluations, girls repeatedly said they wanted […]

NEWS THIS WEEK: Russia’s hacking of U.S. election runs deep; North Korean hackers execute wide attacks; Uber fumbles privacy

By Byron V. Acohido In the news this past week, Russia’s cyber attack on the U.S. electoral system before Donald Trump’s election was far more widespread than has been publicly revealed, including incursions into voter databases and software systems in almost twice as many states as previously reported. In Illinois, investigators found evidence that cyber […]