Law 360 reports, “In the wake of numerous high profile hacks, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday that it will form a Cyber-Digital Task Force aimed at combating a global cyber threat.” The task force will be chaired by a senior DOJ official and include members from across various agencies.
“By 2022, the agency plans to use biometrics to identify 97 percent of travelers flying out of the country,” reports NextGov.com. “The facial recognition technology would streamline the travel process and increase security at the border by matching passengers’ photos with the documents they present, said Colleen Manaher, the executive director of planning, program analysis and evaluation at CBP’s Office of Field Operations.”
On Feb. 22, ZDNet reported, “The Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme comes into effect today, requiring agencies and organisations in Australia that are covered by the Privacy Act to notify individuals whose personal information is involved in a data breach that is likely to result in ‘serious harm,’ as soon as practicable after becoming aware of a breach.” Lawmakers say this represents “a significant boost to privacy governance in Australia,” and that the goal is “transparency and accountability.”
Reuters reports, “ The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday updated guidance to public companies on how and when they should disclose cyber security risks and breaches, including potential weaknesses that have not yet been targeted by hackers.” The SEC hopes this will promote more transparency by companies facing security threats.