Tech News for January 22

Know the Basics of Data Breach Notification Laws

In 2002, California was the first worldwide to pass a law requiring businesses and agencies to notify data subjects of data security breaches. Since then, the state has regularly updated its data security breach notification law, including in 2015, as summarized in the last installment of this series. This article examines a few key requirements of California data security breach notification laws that have not changed as of Jan. 1, 2016.

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New privacy bills to hinder data collection could affect 100M Americans

On Wednesday, the American Civil Liberties Union unveileda new campaign to introduce a slew of pro-privacy bills in 16 states across America and the District of Columbia. In what it has dubbed “#TakeCTRL,” the ACLU has partnered with various lawmakers in states ranging from Hawaii to New Hampshire to propose new laws that, among other restrictions, would require a warrant for the use of cell-site simulators, impose “rapid deletion” of data collected by an automatic license plate reader, and limit educational institutions’ ability to access data about what students do on school-loaned computers.

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Now California state wants to ban sale of encrypted smartphones

California: home of the world’s biggest technology companies, terrible bagels, and the only place that can suffer both drought and floods at the same time. Despite the state’s deep tech roots, California’s legislature is considering banning devices that come with unbreakable encryption.

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California Department of Insurance Approves Coverage Options for Ride-Hailing Drivers

Personal taxi-type services like Uber and Lyft have changed the landscape for those working for and using them in some unexpected ways, and related industries are just starting to catch up. Case in point, State Farm is introducing a new coverage endorsement in California to help fill insurance gaps for its policyholders who use their personal cars to provide rides for this type of Transportation Network Company (TNC), State Farm officials said.

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CompTIA Names Tech Champions for 2016

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) this week recognized California Assms. Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) and Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) as Tech Champions for 2016. The annual honor goes to lawmakers who display “leadership and support of the technology industry in the California state Legislature.” Chang and Low both are members of the Legislature’s new Technology and Innovation Caucus. CompTIA has 2,000 member companies and has issued nealry 2 million IT certifications, according to the organization.

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Cal Fire Requests More Staff to Ward Off System Failures, Boost Data Security

Cal Fire would like to spend $3 million to boost its IT staffing levels in order to address a “significant threat of system failures” and protect against cyberattacks, according to state documents. Cal Fire, which is formally known as the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, is proposing 14 new staff positions that would start in July 2016. Cal Fire reports that it currently employs 15 IT support personnel at field offices and five at its Sacramento headquarters; there were a total 74 IT positions within Cal Fire in 2015. Cal Fire wrote that it does not presently have staff exclusively dedicated to data security or project management.

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IBM Beefs Up Cloud Video with Ustream Buy

Big Blue today snapped up one of the best-known names in the cloud-based live video streaming services market. IBM now owns Ustream, a big name among enterprises that are leveraging video.

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State Procurement Officials Rank 2016 Priorities

The National Association of State Procurement Officials on Wednesday, Jan. 20, released its list of the top 10 priorities for state procurement, based on a national survey of its members.

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GTL Showcases Integrated Technology at ACA Trade Show

Global Tel*Link (GTL), the leading provider of integrated correctional technology solutions, today announced the latest release of its highly secured integrated technology platform. This new correctional technology solution enables the comprehensive GTL suite of leading-edge corrections technologies to connect to each other through a centralized platform. GTL will be demonstrating this integrated, broad portfolio of solutions, including facilities management, inmate communications, investigative solutions and monitoring capabilities, at the American Corrections Association’s 2016 Winter Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, January 24-26. Attendees of the ACA conference will witness how GTL’s ultra-secure Inspire™ wireless tablets and groundbreaking multi-service Flex™ units deliver services to inmates through the company’s secure software portal.

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DOJ spokesman is department’s new acting secretary

The spokesman of the Department of Justice has been named acting secretary following President Benigno Aquino III’s appointment of his classmate Justice Secretary Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa to the Supreme Court. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma said Undersecretary Emmanuel Caparas has been appointed acting secretary.

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Cybersecurity much more than a compliance exercise

Even as an overwhelming majority of large global enterprises feel vulnerable to data breaches and other security threats, too many organizations continue to approach cybersecurity as a compliance exercise, according to a new survey from the security vendor Vormetric. In a poll of more than 1,100 security executives around the world, 91 percent of respondents consider their organization to be vulnerable to internal or external data threats.

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Dan Walters: Governor’s same old, same old

No Latin phrases. No paeans to pioneer ancestors. No quotes from obscure philosophers. A brief reference to climate change. Just a couple of mild quips. The man who used to give State of the State speeches off the cuff now writes them out and reads them with virtually no textual deviation. Gov. Jerry Brown’s monotonic address Thursday, just shy of 20 minutes, essentially repeated everything he has been saying lately about everything, without a single new angle on any issue.

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