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              February 29, 2016
8 cybersecurity and privacy events 
scheduled in the Greater Washington Area in the next two weeks. ----------------------->
Cyber Security and Privacy News
-A federal judge has released a court order arguing that users of the digital anonymity tool Tor do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy for their IP address while using the service, reports Lily Hay Newman for "The order is part of a case against Brian Farrell, a former employee of digital black market Silk Road," Newman writes. The story quotes George Washington University law professor and CSPRI Advisory Board member Orin Kerr. Read the rest 
here .

-"The Obama administration is on the verge of permitting the National Security Agency to share more of the private communications it intercepts with other American intelligence agencies without first applying any privacy protections to them, according to officials familiar with the deliberations," writes Charlie Savage for The New York times. "The change would relax longstanding restrictions on access to the contents of the phone calls and email the security agency vacuums up around the world, including bulk collection of satellite transmissions, communications between foreigners as they cross network switches in the United States, and messages acquired overseas or provided by allies."
-Exelon Corp. and other major U.S. power producers are in discussions with regulators and stakeholders on a detailed plan for preventing and responding to cyberattacks designed to disrupt the country's electric system, reports Bloomberg. "Unresolved questions in the talks include who is in charge and would substations that are hit be considered a crime scene, said Exelon Chief Executive Officer Christopher Crane during a Thursday panel discussion at IHS CERAWeek in Houston," write Harry Weber and Meenal Vamburkar. Read more here.
-Microsoft will file a legal brief next week supporting Apple in its encryption fight with the government, according to the company's president, The Hill reports. The disclosure came during a House Judiciary Committee hearing last week, when Brad Smith told lawmakers that the government should not use a century-old law to resolve questions about today's technology. For a primer on what's at stake with the dispute between the FBI and Apple, see this story.
-A new report from analyst firm PWC finds that cybercrime is the second most-reported crime these days, ZDNet reports. "The multinational professional services firm has published its findings in its Global Economic Crime Survey 2016, which cites cyber crime as the fastest growing type of economic crime, with only asset misappropriation more common, Danny Palmer writes. "A total of 32 percent of organisations revealed that they've been affected by cybercrime."
-The Data Security Law Blog brings readers up to speed on an important court battle.
U.S. v. Microsoft - a case experts are calling one of the most important privacy cases of the decade. "The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has in its hands one of the most closely-watched privacy cases in recent memory.   U.S. v. Microsoft  addresses an issue of critical importance to U.S. businesses - whether companies must comply with orders from the U.S. government to turn over electronic data, even when that data is stored on a server outside of the U.S. A ruling is expected any day," writes Craig A. Newman. 

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-Feb 29, Encryption 

-Mar 1, Regulating Broadband Privacy

-Mar 1, House Judiciary Comm.:  Encryption

-Mar 2, House Oversight Comm.: Geolocation

-Mar 4, 2600 Arlington meetup

-Mar 7, Cyberwar secret history

-Mar 9. 2nd Annual Cybersecurity Conf., New America

-Mar 11-12, Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge

About this Newsletter
This newsletter is a weekly summary of events related to cyber security policy and research, with a special focus on developments and events in the Washington, DC area. It is published by the Cyber Security and Privacy Research Institute (CSPRI) of the George Washington University. CSPRI is a center for GW and the Washington area that promotes technical research and policy analysis of topics in or related to cybersecurity and privacy. More information is available at our website,
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