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US Senate to Hold Hearing On Botnets

The Senate Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee, Chaired by Senator White House and ranking Member Graham have called for this hearing to review progress and efforts to combat botnets. Join OTA Executive Director Craig Spiezle, and witnesses from Microsoft, Symantec, the FBI and DOJ discussing efforts to stomp out botnets and the importance of data sharing and multi-stakeholder efforts.
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IoT Privacy Tech Working Group Formed

OTA joins TRUSTe, CDT and FPF forming multi-Stakeholder IoT privacy tech working group as to help enhance consumer privacy in Internet of Things. Group callls for IoT & Privacy Experts to Submit Interest for Participation.
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Joining forces to ring the bell on companies evading online trust

Recently the Online Publishers Association (OPA), wrote a insightful commentary regarding online trust and privacy. As stated by Jason Kint is chief executive of the OPA, "Let’s ring the bell on companies that are evading trust and threatening the relationships we have built with consumers. And instead of condoning an ecosystem where unknown third parties lurk behind the scenes tracking with little transparency, let’s give consumers a simple, lasting choice like Do Not Track, as simple and ubiquitous as a “Like.”
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Twitter Stock Realizes Benefit of OTA Honor Roll

Unlike other leading names in social media, Twitter (TWTR) was awarded for what it offers its users in privacy. With 255 million MAUs, the San Francisco, Calif.-based social network was acknowledged as one of the top websites for consumer protection, security and privacy by Online Trust Alliance in June. Twitter scored top marks in the Online Trust Audit and Honor Roll earning a spot among the top 29% of the 800 sites examined for its practices to protect user data.
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DHS Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is the department of Homeland Security National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCASM). The DHS has broken the month into 5 "weeks", each week with a different cyber security focus.

Week One: Oct 1-3
Promoting Online Safety with the Stop.Think.Connect.™ Campaign

Week Two: October 6-10 Secure Development of IT Products

Week Three: October 13-17
Critical Infrastructure and the Internet of Things

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Msft Kills Security Emails in Response to Canadian Laws

In a move that may wind up helping spammers, Microsoft is blaming a new Canadian anti-spam law for the company’s recent decision to stop sending regular emails about security updates for its Windows operating system and other Microsoft software.
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Data Breach Bill Draft Delayed

FTC enforcement has slowed efforts to release a draft of Rep. Lee Terry's data breach bill. Terry has not able to get the consensus he'd hoped for. Republicans have historically strayed away from handing more controls to the FTC, which is pushing for more authority to combat the rising threat of data theft and malvertising.

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Senate Cybersecurity Information Sharing Bill

Senators from the Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday introduced a draft of a bill meant to remove barriers for private companies to share data with Federal agencies. Senate Intelligence Chairman Dianne Feinstein and ranking member Saxby Chambliss have been working together for over a year to come up with a bill that they believe is both comprehensive enough to remove legal barriers to data sharing, while protecting against legitimate privacy concerns (by requiring the removal of PII and several other measures).

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2014 Honor Roll - Twitter & American Greetings Take Top Honors

Only 30 Percent of Top Consumer Websites Rated Trustworthy in Online Trust Alliance Report American Greetings, Netflix, Twitter and Walmart Take Top Scores in Security and Privacy for 2014 Online Trust Audit & Honor Roll.
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U.S. SEC official urges broader cyber-attack disclosure

Public companies that are victims of cyber attacks consider disclosing additional information beyond what's required to help protect customers. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission member Luis Aguilar made his plea to public companies and their boards in a speech at the New York Stock Exchange. "It is possible that a cyber-attack may not have a direct material adverse impact on the company itself, but that a loss of customers' personal and financial data could have devastating effects on the lives of the company's customers and many Americans. Should ad networks who experience malvertising have the same reporting requirements?
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