New York Governor Wants Credit-Reporting Firms to Follow Cyber Rules

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday that he wants credit-reporting firms to comply with the state’s cyber-security regulations, the latest government official to crack down on the industry in the wake of the massive Equifax hack. Also on Monday, Bloomberg News reported that federal authorities have opened a…


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China Releases Four Draft Guidelines in Relation to Cybersecurity Law

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On August 31, 2017, the National Information Security Standardization Technical Committee of China published four draft voluntary guidelines (“Draft Guidelines”) in relation to the Cybersecurity Law of China. The Draft Guidelines are open for comment from the general public until October 13, 2017. Information Security Technology – Guidelines for Cross-Border…


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New Texas Cybersecurity Laws

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The Texas Legislature considered and approved a variety of cybersecurity-related legislation during the 85th regular legislative session. Unless otherwise noted, each of the newly-enacted laws will go into effect on Sept. 1, 2017. Substantively speaking, Texas has taken a leadership role in addressing various cybersecurity and data privacy issues. The…


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China’s Cyberspace Administration announces first state level investigations under Cybersecurity Law

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China’s Cyberspace Administration announced that it has commenced investigations into Tencent Wechat, Sina Weibo and Baidu Tieba for violation of China’s Cybersecurity Law late last week (11 August 2017). More particularly, the Cybersecurity Administration is looking into whether these service providers have been disseminating information which violate national security, public…


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China’s new cybersecurity law lacks detail, says Tencent VP

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Despite the introduction of China’s first cybersecurity law, there’s still a lack of clarity surrounding the finer details, according to Tencent, one of China’s biggest tech firms. The new law, which came into effect June 1, has been touted by China as a milestone in personal data regulation. Unlike some…


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New Law Allows Israeli Security Agencies to Record Calls and Texts of Intel Workers

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A bill expanding the electronic surveillance powers of state security agencies over their employees was passed by the Knesset on Monday. It allows the heads of the Shin Bet security service and of Military Intelligence to record the phone conversations and text messages of intelligence employees with access to sensitive…


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Singapore Offers Early Look At Reformed Cybersecurity Laws

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The government of Singapore released the first draft of a proposed cybersecurity bill, which contained framework for monitoring and managing the country’s digital wellbeing and gave authorities the necessary power to implement their functions. In order to enable the relevant authorities to proactively protect local critical information infrastructures (CIIs) and…


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Singapore Unveils New Cybersecurity Laws

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Singapore has released its first draft of a proposed cybersecurity bill, which aims to provide a framework to monitor and manage the country’s cybersecurity wellbeing and empower authorities to carry out their functions. Government officials say the new laws are necessary to take proactive measures to protect local critical information…


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China to implement cyber security law from Thursday

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China, battling increased threats from cyber-terrorism and hacking, will adopt from Thursday a controversial law that mandates strict data surveillance and storage for firms working in the country, the official Xinhua news agency said. The law, passed in November by the country’s largely rubber-stamp parliament, bans online service providers from…


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Cybersecurity and Data Protection Laws: Change is Coming

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China’s new Cybersecurity Law will become effective on June 1, 2017. In addition to focusing on cybersecurity, the law also details how companies are to handle personal information and data. In determining what is allowed and not allowed for handling personal information in China, it is important to examine The…


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7th Circuit panel discusses cybersecurity risks to law firms, clients

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There are two types of professional organizations today – those who have been hacked and those who have been hacked but don’t know it yet. Though that may seem to be an alarming characterization of the legal field, John McCauley of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP said it’s important for organizations,…


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Department of Homeland Security Cyber security Awareness Newsletter – May 2017

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Help Older Americans Protect Against Online Scams Americans young and old are using the Internet and mobile devices on a daily basis. Specifically, older Americans are increasingly utilizing mobile phones, tablets, and wearables to stay connected, informed, and involved with family and friends. This increased connectivity has many advantages, but…


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SINGAPORE: amended cybersecurity law introduces new criminal offences

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Singapore has recently passed amendments to the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act introducing new criminal sanctions for serious data protection and cybersecurity breaches. This development reflects similar moves by data protection authorities elsewhere in Asia to impose criminal sanctions for the worst data protection offences, and as such indicates Singapore’s…


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New York Regulator Wants Other States to Model Cyber Laws After Its Rules

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A group of U.S. state insurance regulators should use New York’s sweeping cyber security rules as a model for how insurers must protect their networks from hackers and when they must disclose cyber events, New York’s financial regulator said on Sunday. “We believe the best way for industry to focus…


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China Adopts New Law On Cybersecurity

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On 7 November 2016, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress has formally passed China’s first comprehensive privacy and security regulation for cyberspace. Since the new Cyber Security Law (CSL) will come into effect on 1 June 2017, technology companies that are operating in or planning to expand to…


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Is the New York Cybersecurity law a turning point?

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The Ides of March is a historical reference to a turning point in world history with the shift in power in Roman history, following the assassination of Julius Caesar. That turning point triggered a civil war and the creation of the Roman Empire. Given the historical references of the Ides…


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Using hacked personal data a crime under proposed changes to cybercrime law

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Under proposed changes to the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act (CMCA), the act of obtaining hacking tools to commit a crime or using personal data that were obtained through hacks will be criminalised. This was revealed by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in a press release on Thursday (Mar…


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Cybersecurity Laws Get Serious: EU’s NIS Directive

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In the IOS blog, our cyberattack focus has mostly been on hackers stealing PII and other sensitive personal data. The breach notification laws and regulations that we write about require notification only when there’s been acquisition or disclosure of PII by an unauthorized user. In plain speak, the data is…


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Lawmakers fortify against onslaught of cyber threats

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Cybersecurity, email habits and personal privacy — discussions that have grown from a murmur to a roar on Capitol Hill in recent years — are having an effect on lawmakers, forcing them to tidy up their own digital habits. Members of Congress have long been targeted by phishing emails, which…


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New California Law Makes Ransomware a Standalone Crime

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On January 1, 2017, a new law went into effect in California that makes ransomware use a standalone crime. Technically, ransomware usage was an illegal activity before, but all people engaged in such activities were trialed based on state extortion laws or computer hacking and money laundering charges. This new…


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