Obama Signs PPD on Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience

This article provides a brief summary of the Presidential Policy Directive on Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience (PPD-21), which was signed by President Obama on February 12, [...]

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Cybersecurity Bill Dies; Cyberwar Directive Signed

This article takes a look at the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, which was rejected by the US Senate on November 14, 2012. Opponents were concerned that the bill gave the Department of Homeland Security too much authority over security standards, and too much of a hold over critical infrastructure. Advocates, including the Obama administration, argued that a cybersecurity bill is important to safeguard the [...]

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Fusion Centers, Privacy & Civil Liberties

Fusion centers were formally introduced in a Privacy Impact Assessment issued by the Department of Homeland Security’s Privacy Office in December 2008. These centers are sites where collection, processing and analysis of huge amounts of personal information take place. Initially designed as a counter-terrorist measure, the scope of fusion centers has now expanded to include any form of criminal behavior and even natural disasters. This article takes a look at the activities of fusion centers in the United States and criticism of these centers from a civil liberties and privacy [...]

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US Department of Homeland Security: Privacy Policies & Practices

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is often criticized for its privacy policies and practices, as it handles a vast amount of sensitive personal information. However, it is important to note how the DHS does attempt to protect personal privacy, in policy as well as practice. In addition to compliance with federal privacy legislation, such as the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) and the Privacy Act, the Department consults with privacy professionals in order to evaluate new or potential programs, systems, technologies and certain rule-making procedures in order to appropriately handle personal information. This article takes a look at exactly how the Department of Homeland Security approaches privacy [...]

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Identity Theft Task Force Recommendations

In May 2006, an Executive Order of the President created the Identity Theft Task Force. The Task Force includes members of several Federal agencies and departments. In September 2006, the Task Force released a number of recommendations ahead of the May 2007 document “Combatting ID Theft: Strategic Plan” in order to help agencies get a head start on the growing problem of identity [...]

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