Indian Supreme Court seeks response from WhatsApp, govt over non-security of data, conversations

From: ZeeNews

New Delhi: SC has issued notice to Centre and Facebook-owned WhatsApp over non-security of data and conversations on Whatsapp and has sought response in 2 weeks time.

Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud were hearing plea on WhatsApp’s privacy policy, and gave notice on plea seeking government’s regulation of online messaging. The petitioner contended that under the new policy of WhatsApp, the online messaging service could access, read, share and use the contents for commercial purposes.

The court also issued notices to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.

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In new QER, Moniz leaves path for Perry to follow at DOE

From: UtilityDIVE

The new Quadrennial Energy Review lays out over 70 recommendations for a cleaner, more secure energy system.


Though it wasn’t billed as his final address, Friday’s release of the Department of Energy’s Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) was one of Moniz’s last significant acts at the agency’s he’s headed since 2013. The speech provided the MIT physicist with a platform to lay out critical electrical system issues for the incoming president and his DOE pick, former Texas governor Rick Perry, to address.



Massachusetts Releases Online Reports of Data Breaches

From: Government Technology

The state Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation has made public an online archive of data breach notifications affecting Massachusetts residents from 2007 through 2016.

By Susan Spencer, Telegram & Gazette, Worcester, Mass.

TNS) — It could be through a bank or a hospital, an accounting firm or a higher education institution. It could be in a large government agency. Pretty much anywhere personal information is collected, it could be intentionally or accidentally compromised.

On Tuesday, the state Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation made public an online archive of data breach notifications affecting Massachusetts residents from 2007 through 2016.


Nigerians Declare War on Cryptocurrency Scam

From: CoinTelegraph

Cryptography Development Initiative in Nigeria (CDIN) has created a platform called the “Nigeria Blockchain Alliance” (NBA) which brings together law enforcement agents, legal practitioners, forensic investigators and government agencies among others to collaborate in the fight against cryptocurrency related crimes within the country.

The President of CDIN, Adeolu Fadele, tells Cointelegraph that this development is in support of the government’s efforts in fighting electronic fraud in Nigeria and to prevent fraudsters from giving the country a negative reputation in the new generation of digital innovation.

The government is always late

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Brandis extends submission deadline on telco data retention for civil proceedings

From: ZDNet

After giving just 15 business days over the holiday period for submissions on whether to allow retained telco data to be used for civil proceedings, Brandis has extended the timeframe by two weeks.


Australian Attorney-General George Brandis has extended the deadline for those wanting to make a submission on whether the federal government should prohibit access by parties for civil proceedings to data retained by telecommunications providers under the data retention legislation.

Submissions now close on Friday, January 27 — two weeks after the original January 13 submission due date.

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LabMD challenges scope of FTC’s cyber authority

Editor’s Note: For more on this story, see here.

From: Benefits Pro

Says FTC doesn’t have authority to regulate cybersecurity practices of medical laboratories

By C. Ryan Barber

Setting the stage for a fresh test of the Federal Trade Commission’s power to police online security or cybersecurity, a now-defunct medical laboratory on Tuesday urged a U.S. appeals court to overturn an agency ruling that blamed lax data-protection practices for the exposure of nearly 10,000 patients’ personal information.


Food and Drug Administration final guidance protects medical devices from hacks

From: Modern Healthcare

By Joseph Conn

The Food and Drug Administration has finalized guidance on keeping medical devices such as pacemakers and insulin pumps safe from hacks.

Device makers should develop “a structured and comprehensive program to manage cybersecurity risks” even after their products are sold, according to Dr. Suzanne Schwartz, associate director for science and strategic partnerships at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

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Trump picks Tom Bossert as homeland security adviser

From: Politico



Bossert was a deputy homeland security adviser in the last year of the Bush administration, when he helped draft the federal government’s first cybersecurity strategy.

He also spent two years as the White House director of infrastructure protection policy, a role that involved management of U.S. critical infrastructure security.

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New York Rewriting Cybersecurity Rules After Banker Pushback

From: American Banker

By Penny Crosman

New York’s Department of Financial Services has decided to rethink its controversial cybersecurity regulation just a couple of weeks before it was to take effect.

The department says it will publish revised rules Dec. 28 that will take effect March 1.


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Cybersecurity confidence gets a C- . How to improve your grade in 2017

From: CSO

According to this year’s data, global cybersecurity confidence fell six points over 2016 to earn an overall score of 70 percent.

The City of San Diego seems to have all the building blocks in place to make the smart city an exceptionally safe one when it comes to cyber attacks. Deputy director and CISO Gary Hayslip has built out the city’s security operations center, he’s partnering with innovative security vendors and startups, and conferring with law enforcement to keep up with the latest threats. He has the backing of the mayor and city executives, with plenty of funding, and he’s hiring more staff.

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