In the largest monetary award obtained by the FTC in an enforcement action, LifeLock has agreed to pay $100 million to settle a case that, in part, stemmed from the identity protection company failing to establish and maintain an information security program to protect customers' personally identifiable information.
As it continues to ramp up its cybersecurity enforcement efforts, the FTC could take action next year against consumer wearable device makers if they fail to live up to their promises to protect the privacy of health data and other information, says researcher Stephen Cobb, who also expects scrutiny from the FDA.
A detailed new report to Congress recommends several steps to ease the secure sharing of patient information, paving the way for better coordination of care and improved patient outcomes. What hurdles were identified?
After years of failing to enact cyberthreat information-sharing legislation, Congress is poised to vote on a measure this week that would incentivize businesses to share voluntarily threat data with the federal government and with each other.
Passage of cyberthreat information-sharing legislation could hinge on how the measure is presented to Congress, and its fate could be tied to a massive omnibus appropriations bill to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal 2016.
A former U.S. State Department employee has pleaded guilty to running a "sextortion" scheme from the U.S. Embassy in London that was designed to compel young women to share sexually explicit photographs, according to the FBI.
President Obama's remarks urging "high-tech and law enforcement leaders to make it harder for terrorists to use technology to escape from justice" are being interpreted by some to mean that government and Silicon Valley should collaborate to create a backdoor to circumvent encryption on devices used by terrorists.
Turns out electronic learning products can be bad for children's privacy - and for their parents too. The VTech breach highlights how, despite repeated warnings, too many manufacturers continue to not take security seriously.
The security of Internet-connected toys is in the limelight after toymaker VTech acknowledged suffering a data breach that affects 5 million accounts and personal information and photographs relating to more than 200,000 children.
Legislation pending before both houses of Congress, if enacted, would change a nearly 30-year-old law to require the government to obtain a warrant to access the content of emails that are 180 days old or older. Why do some agencies oppose the proposal?
Ireland's Cyber Crime Conference in Dublin drew a capacity crowd for a full day of security briefings, networking, hotly contested capture-the-flag and secure-coding challenges, as well as a chance to sharpen one's lock-picking skills.
TalkTalk's confusion in the wake of its recent data breach, as well as mangling of technical details and failure to encrypt customer data, demonstrate the importance of having an incident-response plan ready in advance of any breach, experts say.
The Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection plans to appeal an FTC administrative law judge's initial decision to dismiss the FTC's data security enforcement case against LabMD, a cancer testing laboratory.
As precision medicine research advances, the medical community must take steps to address the privacy risks to sensitive genetic information that is shared among researchers, says Carlos Bustamante of Stanford University.