CISPA will be re-introduced after Sony hack
Fri 9 Jan 2015, 15:40

After privacy concerns derailed this controversial legislation in the U.S. Senate, CISPA will be re-introduced Friday by a senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, reports The Hill. Maryland Representative Dutch Ruppersberger said he’s bringing the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act back to the floor in response to the Sony hack, blamed on North Korea.

White House approves sanctions against North Korea for Sony hack
Sat 3 Jan 2015, 00:20

U.S. President Barack Obama has authorized new economic sanctions against North Korea, in part for the country’s alleged hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment in November, the White House said. Obama’s executive order is “a response to the government of North Korea’s ongoing provocative, destabilizing, and repressive actions and policies, particularly its destructive and coercive cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment,” the White House said in a statement.

Obama outlines new cybersecurity initiatives to protect consumers
Mon 12 Jan 2015, 23:00

Obama’s Student Digital Privacy Act would stop companies from selling student data to third parties, except for educational purposes, and from using such data to create targeted advertisements. The act is modeled on a California initiative that will take effect in January 2016.

Another proposed piece of legislation is the Personal Data Notification & Protection Act. If passed, it will require companies to alert customers within 30 days of discovering a security breach regarding customer information. It is meant to simplify the current framework for data breach notifications, which varies state by state.