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.
With the third open enrollment season for Obamacare set to begin Nov. 1, some health insurance exchanges, including the federal HealthCare.gov website, are taking steps to bolster the privacy and security of consumer data.
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.
As a result of Experian's data breach, 15 million T-Mobile subscribers are at risk from phishing attacks and fraud. But it's not clear what more T-Mobile can do to protect breach victims, says security specialist Mark James.
President Obama, in reaching any type of cybersecurity accord with Chinese President Xi Jinping, should borrow from the diplomacy he used to reach the Iranian nuclear agreement: Get the best deal possible and then distrust but verify.
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.