Google Draws Federal Privacy Complaint Over New Shopper Tracking Program


The Electronic Privacy Information Center is asking the FTC to take a closer look at Google’s new advertising program that attempts to tie consumers’ online actions with their later purchases in physical stores.

The complaint alleges that Google has managed to gain access to a massive and valuable trove of consumer data — credit and debit purchase records — but has not said how it came by that data, nor has it given customers a way to decline being part of the program if they so desire.  The group also complains that Google is using a method to protect the data that is secret — thus unvetted by outsiders and potentially vulnerable to a breach.

DHS cyber shakeup faces new hurdles

From: The Hill

An effort in Congress to reorganize the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity efforts is finally gaining steam, but faces an uncertain fate as lawmakers leave for the August recess.

The prospect for reorganizing the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) took a big step this week. A key House committee advanced legislation that would rename the DHS office and spin it out into its own operational agency—giving lawmakers pushing for changes new optimism.

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Following House IT staffer’s arrest, experts call for more vetting, better cybersecurity

From: WJLA

by Stephen Loiaconi

The arrest of a technology staffer who until recently had access to the computers and networks of several Democratic members of Congress on a bank fraud charge has elevated concerns about the security of lawmakers’ sensitive information and the thoroughness of their employee vetting efforts.

Imran Awan was arrested Monday night at Dulles Airport as he prepared to board a flight to Pakistan. Federal prosecutors allege he and his wife provided the Congressional Federal Credit Union with false information to obtain a home equity loan.

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Has the GSA revived plans for civilian cybersecurity campus?

From: ConstructionDIVE

Dive Brief:
  • The General Services Administration again appears to be mulling the development of a civilian cybersecurity campus (CCC) in the Washington, DC, metro area, according to the Washington Business Journal.
  • This isn’t its first run at creating such a space. Similar plans were put on hold last year when the GSA stopped seeking funding for the project in the 2017 federal budget. A CCC project has been discussed since 2014.

IoT: Rise of the Machines?

Editor’s Note: See GAO, Internet of Things: Communities Deploy Projects by Combining Federal Support with Other Funds and Expertise.

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