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Security & Privacy Daily News Alert

Security & Privacy Daily News Alert
April 23, 2015

By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

SAN FRANCISCO—Staying out of touch: At the RSA Conference, privacy officers of Microsoft, Google and Facebook said that the connectivity of home devices, wearables and more will complicate privacy and force tech providers to rethink how much control is transferred to the user. For example, Microsoft’s Brendon Lynch said because its Kinect technology brought facial recognition to gaming, the company’s privacy team “was at the forefront of determining what data collection makes sense. … Can we still provide something that’s cool and fun, but with a minimal amount of data coming to us or third parties?” Source: Threat Post

Share and share alike: The House has passed the Protecting Cyber Networks Act, which would make it easier for private companies to share information about cybersecurity threats with one another and the government without fear of lawsuits. A series of high-profile cyber attacks on Sony, Target and other companies boosted support for the legislation. Source: Reuters

Anthem offers a shield: Health insurer Anthem is offering identity protection services to its members following a massive data breach. Service offerings include identity repair assistance, which guarantees investigators will work to recover financial losses and restore credit; credit-monitoring alerts for attempts to open new credit accounts, including a $1 million identity theft insurance policy; and child identity protection, which searches databases for information that could point to acts of fraud against the children of Anthem members. The alerts are available free for two years. Source: KTVI, St. Louis

Civil service snafu: The number of individuals victimized in a cyber attack on a major background investigation service is higher than previously reported, the House Oversight Committee’s Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said. The original estimate of 27,000 federal employees compromised in the breach of government contractor USIS is now believed to be a “floor, not a ceiling,” and experts believe that the “personal information of many more federal employees may have been compromised.” Source: The Hill

Daaad, you’re embarrassing me! A Tennessee father who followed his 8-year-old daughter to school with a drone has decided to ground it after the attention his flight drew. Chris Early launched a drone to monitor his child on her route after she requested that she be allowed to walk on her own. The move garnered media attention, and Time magazine dubbed him the “World’s Most Embarrassing Dad.” Source: Ars Technica

More than a cuppa: Costa Coffee is warning customers in Britain that it might have suffered a security breach and, alongside resetting the passwords for all of its Coffee Club accounts, is going to a new format for users’ passwords. The app-accessed club required names, email addresses, birth dates, phone numbers and home addresses. Costa has “in the interim” removed online access to Coffee Club accounts. Source: The (London) Register

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