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In March 2015, the American public first heard about Hillary Clinton and a personal email account possibly used for government work. Quickly, the story unraveled, and is still in the headlines one year later. Mrs. Clinton, while serving from 2009-2013 as the US Secretary of State, used a personal email address to conduct government business. Not only that, the server was physically located in her home, hosting her domain clintonemail.com. The discovery came during a House committee investigation of the 2012 attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Islamist militants organized that attack, killing Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three [...]
Dr Ann Cavoukian, considered as one of the pioneer privacy experts on the globe, is famously recognized for the concept she initially introduced, ‘Privacy by Design’. Twenty years passed since it was first introduced, with the expectation that Privacy should be offered by default, from the beginning, and should not be added later on demand or as an afterthought. She presented the foundational principles in her paper Privacy by Design,where she offered guidance and clarification, presenting a reference framework of the idea to system designers. Cavoukian propagated the idea that system designers should be encouraged to embed privacy proactively in [...]
In an unprecedented action, the Security and Exchange Commission raised the bar when it comes to protecting whistleblowers. Houston-based engineering and tech firm Kellog Brown & Root, Inc. (KBR) received a cease and desist order and a $130,000 penalty for language in a confidentiality agreement employees were required to sign in 2015.
KBR is one of the largest government contractors with over 25,000 employees across 40 countries. Between 2002-2011, they won nearly $40 billion in federal work in Afghanistan and Iraq. A former employee brought about allegations that KBR and Halliburton (KBR’s former parent company and one of the world’s largest [...]
How safe is your personal health information? Two studies by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) point out perceived deficiencies in the way Americans’ health information is protected and secured under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The reports, made public in October 2015, target the audit process and lay out plans to revamp the audit program in early 2016.
Protected health information (PHI) includes a patient’s name, age, gender, prognosis, and payment for treatment. This information, whether communicated orally, electronically, or in written form, when handled by health care providers, [...]
The United States Department of Commerce (DoC) is a regulatory authority, created in 1903, consisting of twelve bureaus. The Secretary of Commerce serves on the President’s Cabinet as an economic advisor on all U.S. business matters. According to its mission statement, “The Department works with businesses, universities, communities, and the Nation’s workers to promote job creation, economic growth, sustainable development, and improved standards of living for Americans.”
The DoC consists of twelve bureaus:
Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)
Economics and Statistics Administration
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Bureau of Industry and Security
International Trade Commission
National Technical Information Service Bureau
Minority Business Development Agency
National Telecommunication [...]