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  • U.S. information security law

    Posted April 4, 2003 - 5:23 pm

    This article provides information on the legal framework in place for the protection of information and information systems. It explores the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, state laws and the like. It also speaks to what infosec professionals can bring to bear to improve the security of the people and businesses who depend on them.
  • Microsoft antitrust: Microsoft to change start menu in Windows

    Posted April 4, 2003 - 3:35 pm

    Microsoft Corp. has agreed to reposition a program in the Windows XP start menu, allowing users to more easily set non-Microsoft software as their default choices, as part of the company's antitrust settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Is the software industry headed for federal regulation?

    Posted April 4, 2003 - 12:10 pm

    Many industries are subject to extensive federal regulation in the U.S. As online viruses and worms attack essential systems with increasing frequency, will we see an IT equivalent to the FDA? Share your hopes and fears with other IT pros in this forum thread.
  • RIAA sues students over campus file-swapping networks

    Posted April 4, 2003 - 10:25 am

    The Recording Industry Association of America Inc. (RIAA) has sued four university students who allegedly ran file-sharing networks on their school's local networks.
  • Microsoft antitrust: Sun lawyer faces grilling at Java appeal

    Posted April 3, 2003 - 4:22 pm

    Sun Microsystems Inc. lawyer Rusty Day faced dozens of questions from an appeals court judge during his half of an hour-long hearing on whether the court should let stand a lower court decision requiring Microsoft Corp. to carry a version of Java endorsed by rival Sun.
  • At CFP, the devil is in the (technological) details

    Posted April 2, 2003 - 11:34 pm

    The 13th annual conference on Computers, Freedom and Privacy (CFP) got off to a fiery start in New York Wednesday as speakers debated the possible effects of increased security and surveillance measures put forth since the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S.
  • Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act FAQ

    Posted April 2, 2003 - 7:48 pm

    The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act is a federal law that applies to financial services insitutions in every state. This brief Q and A covers some of the frequently asked questions. These questions will help shape your dialog with potential software and hardware vendors if your shop is covered by the act.
  • Privacy research: Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act

    Posted April 2, 2003 - 7:34 pm

    This Web site is dedicated to providing reliable, convenient and understandable regulatory compliance information and solutions to the financial services industry. You'll find detailed information on the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, frequently asked questions, and other goodies.
  • HIPAA fact sheet: National standards for transactions, security and privacy

    Posted April 2, 2003 - 7:29 pm

    In February 2003, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services adopted final regulations for security standards to protect electronic health information systems from improper access or alteration. Most covered entities must comply with the security standards by April 21, 2005, while small health plans as defined by HIPAA will have an additional year to come into compliance.
  • President's cybersecurity chief defends agenda

    Posted April 2, 2003 - 11:18 am

    President Bush's top cybersecurity advisor defended his boss's Internet security agenda but called for help from everyone from large corporations to individual Internet users to protect the U.S. homeland by protecting their own little piece of cyber turf.
  • CFP conference spotlights privacy post-Sept. 11

    Posted April 1, 2003 - 5:58 pm

    Given the backdrop of war, tightened national security, and new legislation aimed at expanding government powers, the discussions and debates due to take place at the 13th Annual Conference on Computers, Freedom and Privacy (CFP) in New York this week promises to be lively.
  • Internet tax moratorium bill gains support

    Posted March 31, 2003 - 5:51 pm

    More than 100 members of the U.S. Congress have sponsored a bill that would make permanent a five-year moratorium against levying taxes on the Internet that aren't levied elsewhere.
  • AOL could restate millions more as probe drags on

    Posted March 31, 2003 - 12:52 pm

    Federal investigators looking into America Online Inc.'s (AOL) accounting practices are now focusing on two advertising deals the company forged with German media giant Bertelsmann AG, which may result in AOL having to issue further restatements to its financial results.
  • Cybersecurity plan heavy on private-public cooperation

    Posted March 30, 2003 - 4:28 pm

    A recent government report proposed a future for network security that consisted of heavy public-private cooperation. The report shies away from strict regulation by the federal government. Will it stand up to scrutiny, or is this the best approach?
  • Security and the law: Working with law enforcement in response to attacks

    Posted March 30, 2003 - 4:14 pm

    If someone's broken into your network, your legal steps don't end when you call the police to report the crime. Because computer crime is still an embryonic field, you'll have to take an active role in the investigation, coordinating between different law enforcement agencies and educating potentially unschooled police officers on the nature of the crime. Find out what you'll need to know to bring a case to a successful conclusion.
  • Legal action against Microsoft over slammer seen falling short

    Posted March 30, 2003 - 4:09 pm

    In the wake of the devastating SQL Slammer worm, a South Korean public interest group is considering suing Microsoft for negligence under South Korean product liability law, claiming Redmond knew about the vulnerability and didn't take adequate steps to prevent disaster. While this might send a chill through IT companies everywhere, legal experts predict that the case will not find smooth sailing in the U.S.
  • Privacy law experts for hire

    Posted March 28, 2003 - 3:17 pm

    So many new privacy laws and regulations have been passed in recent years that a new kind of specialist has emerged: the computer privacy consultant. Find out if such a professional will help you make sense of your legal obligations - or if you're better off figuring it out on your own.
  • Microsoft says service packs do not violate privacy laws

    Posted March 28, 2003 - 3:11 pm

    Microsoft has routinely come under attack from privacy advocates who claim that its EULAs give Redmond the right to access personal information. Now this debate is moving to the legal arena, as many health care providers worry that the agreements that accompany new Microsoft Windows patches will violate federal privacy legislation. Microsoft says there's no problem, but some admins aren't so sure.
  • A clearinghouse of HIPAA-related links

    Posted March 28, 2003 - 2:47 pm

    Gives.org is a collaborative state government health care group established to exchange information on HIPAA-related issues. A clearinghouse of sorts, this page offers links to practically everything you could ever want to know about HIPAA.
  • Instant messaging and HIPAA

    Posted March 28, 2003 - 2:32 pm

    Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which begins to take effect in April 2003, establishes stringent new rules on what communication by health care pros gets captured and stored. But since the law was passed in 1996, instant messaging (IM) has come into its own as a popular means of intra-organization discussion. Find out what your responsibilities are if your users chat via IM.
  • Electronic transactions and code sets compliance checklist

    Posted March 28, 2003 - 2:27 pm

    The HIPAA Education Coordinating Committee prepared this high-level checklist for complying with the electronic transactions and code sets. Covered healthcare entities who submitted an extension form for electronic transaction and code sets are required to begin testing no later than April 16, 2003.
  • Getting ready for HIPAA

    Posted March 28, 2003 - 2:23 pm

    If you're in the healthcare field, and you electronically transmit health information, this guide should be part of your HIPAA resources. The Massachusetts Medical Society's Department of Health Policy/Health Systems and the Office of the General Counsel have developed this white paper to educate you on the basic elements for compliance with privacy regulations. This guidebook includes checklists to assess and begin your HIPAA compliance efforts, pointers for drafting your HIPAA documents, and model language, forms and resources for implementing HIPAA.
  • HIPAA is around the corner: April 14 deadline

    Posted March 28, 2003 - 2:18 pm

    On April 14th, 2003, HIPAA regulations go into affect. What does that mean for IT staffs? HIPAA requirements are complex and require plenty of time to plan. This overview provides an introduction to the basic compliance requirements, and a checklist of simple privacy steps to take now.
  • ABA Information Security Committee

    Posted March 28, 2003 - 1:39 pm

    This ABA committee explores legal, business, and technical aspects of securing electronic commerce and of protecting information and critical infrastructures within computer systems and networks, such as the Internet. Use this page to keep current on the frontiers of network security law.
  • Microsoft Antitrust: Appeals court will hear trade group case

    Posted March 28, 2003 - 1:10 pm

    A U.S. federal appeals court will hear arguments from two trade groups opposed to the antitrust settlement negotiated by the U.S. Department of Justice and Microsoft Corp.
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