As more banks and government agencies stop providing free BlackBerries to employees, the beleaguered smartphone manufacturer is attempting to reboot with the launch of its first Android smartphone, dubbed Priv for privacy.
Now that it has issued a 10-year roadmap for secure, interoperable health information exchange, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has a number of privacy-related projects planned for 2016, says Lucia Savage, ONC's chief privacy officer. She spells those out in this in-depth interview.
LifeLock says it has reached a tentative agreement on a settlement with the FTC regarding alleged information security shortcomings and other issues. It says it's also reached agreement on a proposed settlement of a related consumer class action lawsuit. The stock market reacted favorably to the announcements.
Someone green-light this drama: Sony, after suffering a massive data breach that led to the leak of personal information and embarrassing corporate emails, has agreed to a data-breach settlement worth up to $8 million.
Apple has removed hundreds of apps from its App Store for violating its user-tracking guidelines. Chinese mobile advertising firm Youmi has issued "sincere apologies" for the tracking behavior and promised to compensate affected developers.
FBI Director James Comey's declaration that the Obama administration will not pursue legislation to require vendors to create a backdoor that would permit law enforcement to circumvent encryption on mobile devices isn't the end of the matter.
The DHS's inspector general is reopening an investigation into allegations that dozens of Secret Service agents improperly accessed Rep. Jason Chaffetz' unsuccessful application to be a Secret Service agent that he filed before he was elected to Congress. Chaffetz is running to be House speaker.
In addition to having a dedicated individual or team responsible for privacy matters, organizations must ensure their information security and IT staffs are knowledgeable about data privacy issues, says Trevor Hughes, CEO of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
Adjusting risk management strategies in the aftermath of the newly discovered hacker attack on Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other recent massive cyber-attacks, will be among the hot topics discussed at the Healthcare Information Security Summit in San Francisco on Sept. 17.
It's "cyber party" time, as self-described "eccentric millionaire" - and onetime anti-virus company founder - John McAfee announces that he's entering the 2016 U.S. presidential race with a newly created party that will focus on security and privacy.