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Cyber Policy Updates Written By La...

Cyber Policy Updates Written By Law Students

eWhite House Watch features concise updates on cyber policy issued by the Office of the President of the United States (POTUS). Monitored and written primarily by law students, each eWHW cyber policy update is presented in an easy-to-scan format that includes links to POTUS announcements, federal and state proposed legislation, breaking news, updates, cyber policy committee reports, and more.

Technology + Privacy + Politics

Technology + Privacy + Politics

Striking the proper balance of benefits between technological advances and privacy protection has always posed challenges. Today, the challenges are even greater as technology significantly outpaces privacy protections; and the need for greater recognition of this reality and honest public discourse is more pressing than ever. eWhite House Watch monitors the cyber agenda so you can be informed and partake in the debate.

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New to the Cyber World?

Visit our special feature, Origins: The White House Cyber Agenda for details on the current administration's Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative. Learn More

Companion Blog: eLessons Learned

Companion Blog: eLessons Learned

The creator of eWhite House Watch also created eLessons Learned with a similar vision in mind: To provide readers with useful and timely information about how technology impacts our legal system and our lives in a way that is easy to understand. Learn More



Data Privacy Day 2018

Angela M. Cooper January 28th, 2018   On January 28th, 2018 the United States, and many other nations, celebrated National Data Privacy Day. The Data Protection Day celebration in Europe pre-dated the US and Canadian celebrations. Data Protection Day commemorates the signing of the Council of Europe’s Convention 108. The Convention was the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection in history. The treaty was signed and ratified by 51 nations including 9 non-Council of Europe members. While the US did not sign the treaty, they have enacted resolutions for there to be an official day of observance for Data Protection. This day of observance was established in 2009 by the 111th US Congress’ enactment of Senate resolution 25 and House resolution 31. The 2010 version, in Senate resolution 402, “[r]esolved[] that the Senate--

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Meltdown & Spectre: NSA and Cyber Experts React to Intel Processor Chip Vulnerabilities

By: Angela M. Cooper 1/17/2018   Recent news has sent Intel stock dropping and cyber-threat analysis upgrading the threat level. The ‘Intel chip’ vulnerability, which allows personal data to be accessible on devices using Intel chips, has been evolving through recent updates. It now includes more than just Intel chips, unlike the original reports seem to indicate. The vulnerability may have been characterized as an ‘Intel’ issue, but it is not limited to Intel’s processor chips. Indeed, the vulnerability is for most processor chips found in most computing devices. Different processors, including AMD and ARM, may have varying levels of vulnerability and are currently under review.

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ALM cyberSecure 2017 Recap

January 9th, 2018 By: Connor Breza   To close out 2017, on December 4th and 5th ALM Media hosted its annual cyberSecure 2017 conference in New York City.  The two day conference, which took a holistic approach to cyber-security, brought together professionals across industries and functions to better prepare corporations and corporate leaders for cyber risks and to “shape policies, risk management strategy, compliance programs, and an organization’s cyber-incident response playbook.”  The event’s main focus was to educate in-house counsel, compliance and privacy officers, technology solution providers, law firms and advisory consulting professionals on ways to improve their preparedness and response time to the growing dangers of cyber attacks that may hinder a business’s functionality, and to provide better strategies to strengthen corporate “cyber resiliency.”

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Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting 2017 Recap

By: Connor Breza 10/26/2017   This year, eWhite House Watch had the privilege of attending the Association of Corporate Counsel’s 2017 Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. on October 16–18, 2017.  Corporate Counsel from around the world flocked to the nation’s capital for what is recognized to be “the world’s largest gathering of in-house counsel.”  Beginning on Sunday October 15, the convention continued into Wednesday the 18th, hosting a plethora of events geared toward educating in-house lawyers on the latest on current legal issues and providing an excellent opportunity to network and broaden attendees’ legal horizons.

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Lawmakers Propose Bill to Counter State Department Cuts to Cyber Offices

September 14th, 2017 By: Connor Breza   Responding to Secretary of State Tillerson’s plans to eliminate and consolidate the State Department’s Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues, lawmakers spanning across party lines have proposed a bill this week to preserve the department and strengthen U.S. cyber security and diplomacy.  In a statement last week, Congressman Ted W. Lieu announced a bipartisan bill titled the Cyber Diplomacy Act, introduced by Congressman Royce of California, which Congressman Lieu claims “will build the structure, strategy and oversight at the State Department to ensure that U.S. leadership extends to the critical areas of cyberspace.”

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Equifax Data Breach Sparks U.S. Government Focus

September 7th, 2017 By: Connor Breza   Credit reporting agency Equifax publicly announced a major data breach yesterday, potentially compromising the personal information of up to 143 million U.S. consumers. The company reported that the breach occurred between mid-May and July this summer and put consumer’s sensitive information at risk, including Social Security numbers and driver’s license numbers. According to the company, “[c]riminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files,” and there is “no evidence of unauthorized access to core consumer or commercial credit reporting database.”

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