NSA Deleting All Call Detail Records (CDRs) Acquired Since 2015
While the NSA is not providing a lot of details about what went wrong, the NSA is saying that it is deleting all CDRs acquired since 2015 because of technical irregularities that resulted in it receiving data that, likely, would be illegal under the current law. They have been accused of breaking the law many times, but this is one of the few times I can remember that they admitted to breaking the law.
Because, they say, it is infeasible to sort out the legal data from the illegal data, they are deleting lots of data.
Gizmodo, in a bit of editorializing, asked if the “technical irregularities” were related to the “programming errors” the FBI said caused it to wildly inflate the number of encrypted phones that they could not access in various criminal cases.
While admitting that they screwed up is important, what would be better would be to get it right as they hoover up all of this data. (Source:Gizomodo)
3 Weeks Until NOT SECURE Starts Showing Up In Your Browser
I wrote about this a few months ago, but now it is going to happen, so it is worth a reminder.
For all of those web sites that said that HTTPS was not important or a hassle or costs money, as of July 23, 2018, Google is going to flag your site as NOT SECURE in the address bar, every time someone visits your site.
While some visitors will ignore the warning, others will get freaked, especially if your site is not one that they visit often.
Now is the time – like in the next 21 days – to set up an HTTPS certificate for your web site.
By the way, in typical Google fashion, in a few months they will start presenting a pop up box that visitors will have to click through to say, yes, I know this site is not secure, but I want to go there anyway. Not a great way to attract new visitors. (Source: The Register)
Bank of England (BoE) Tells British Banks to be on a War Footing
Bank regulators in the UK have told financial service firms to come up with a detailed plan to restore services after a disruption and to invest in the staff and technology to do so. Bank Boards and senior management should ASSUME that systems and processes that support the business will be disrupted and focus on backup plans, responses and recovery.
Lyndon Nelson, deputy chief executive of the BoE’s regulator said that firms need to be on a “WAR footing: withstand, absorb, recover.” This is something the Brits understand from World War II, but which the United States hasn’t quite figured out.
In addition to cyber attacks, the BoE said that firms should be ready for disruptions caused by failed outsourcing and tech breakdowns.
As the U.S. relaxes it’s stress tests, the BoE said that it will stress test banks with “severe, but plausible” scenarios. The BoE will set a time limit for recovery.
It looks like the UK regulators are way ahead of US regulators, but maybe we can learn from them. (Source: Bloomberg)
US Firms Hit Another Hurdle in GDPR Compliance
Some people say – and no one has proved the contrary – that GDPR was designed to go after big U.S. firms, while dragging along all the little ones with it.
This week, in honor of July 4th (not really), the European Parliament voted in favor of a resolution that says that if the U.S. does not fulfill it’s obligations under Safe Harbor by September 1 of this year, Europe should suspend the deal. This is in addition to the attacks on Safe Harbor that are currently going on in the EU court system.
Taken together, U.S. firms doing business AND who transfer data between the E.U. and the U.S. should be rightfully worried.
Some of the obligations that the U.S. is behind on include filling vacant posts on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, which has been basically dormant under the current administration, the lack of a permanent ombudsman, the impact of the President’s executive orders on immigration, the re-authorization of Section 702 of the FISA act and a number of others.
The current relationship between our president and the EU doesn’t help things.
This could turn into a standoff, or, in the worst case scenario, the E.U. could shut off the data spigot for U.S. companies to legally move data from the E.U. to the U.S. for processing, storage and analysis. While large companies may (repeat MAY) be able to deal with this, smaller companies will be greatly challenged and some may have to abandon the European market to E.U. based businesses, something that would make a lot of E.U. businesses very happy.
Stay tuned! (Source: The Register)