The Web Is Worldwide — Shouldn’t Privacy Protections Be Global as Well?

posted by in Data, Privacy September 16, 2015

Earlier today I testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about a critical issue that affects anyone who has ever sent an email. The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), designed to prevent unauthorized government access to private electronic communications, is sorely in need of an update. We are generating an enormous amount of data every day […]

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A Healthy Challenge to Congress: BSA’s Congressional 2015 Data Agenda

posted by in Data September 15, 2015

An ever growing abundance of data, ever improving data software driven services, and the increasingly relied upon data that comes from software represent an important frontier in our lives today, and in our digital economy as a whole. The abundance of data is leading to life-saving breakthroughs in health, farmers producing crops at lower prices, […]

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Today’s Technology, Yesterday’s Laws: U.S. Aims to Undermine Email Privacy

posted by in Data, Industry, Privacy September 9, 2015

The average email user doesn’t think a whole lot about how it is they can access their communications on a range of devices from almost anywhere on earth. They point. They click. They read. To quote the late Steve Jobs, for users, “it just works.” The simplicity of email is built on three crucial ingredients: […]

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Effective Information Sharing Legislation Needed to Combat Cyber Attacks

posted by in Cybersecurity July 22, 2015

It’s not hard today to find news accounts of how America’s digital networks are under siege.  Cyber criminals are at work, hoping to extract valuable data from consumers, businesses, and government organizations and to shut down or disrupt our critical infrastructure. One way to combat these attacks is allowing businesses and the government to share […]

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Accepting Director Comey’s Call for a Public Debate on Encryption

posted by in Cybersecurity, Privacy July 8, 2015

FBI Director James Comey published a column on July 6, 2015, calling for a robust public debate about the benefits and costs of strong encryption that protects users’ privacy and overall network security. I join Director Comey in that call. The law enforcement community has raised legitimate concerns about their ability to access information stored […]

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Time for Congress to Act on Cyber Threat Information Sharing

posted by in Cybersecurity April 21, 2015

Both public and private sector entities fall victim to cyber criminals and other malicious actors each day. Sharing information about cyber threats is critical to prevent and combat these attacks. Over the past several years, Congress and the courts have taken steps to clarify and promote information sharing. Last year, the Department of Justice and […]

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Closing the Gaps in EU Cybersecurity: Let’s Get It Right

posted by in Cybersecurity March 5, 2015

Bolstering cybersecurity is a challenge facing boardrooms and government officials around the world. While technology is enabling us to be smarter about how we communicate, create, and solve problems, it has also introduced new risks which must be managed. In Brussels next week, Member States will meet in Coreper as they continue to work toward […]

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Pass Surveillance Reform Now

posted by in Data November 14, 2014

BSA | The Software Alliance and other leading technology groups sent the followng letter on September 8, 2014, to the US Senate calling for a swift vote on the USA Freedom Act. The bipartisan legislation would strengthen privacy protections for the public by reforming the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Click here for the letter in pdf […]

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Time to Break the Logjam on ECPA Reform

posted by in Data October 21, 2014

No one can argue convincingly that the email, photos and documents we store electronically are any less important to our personal and professional lives than the ones we keep on paper. Yet they are still held to different standards: Authorities need a warrant to search an old-fashioned file cabinet, but not your hard drive or […]

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Privacy Protection Is at Stake in Microsoft’s Battle with the DOJ

posted by in Data July 28, 2014

Technology has fundamentally changed the way we all store our information, and that has put technology companies on the front lines of the fight to ensure private data are protected as well in the digital age as in the past. This fight is now playing out in a lawsuit in New York, where the US […]

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