The fired former director of the unemployment office told lawmakers officials did nothing about a data breach that allowed some people who logged onto the system to see other people’s sensitive information for at least a day.
By Daniel Desrochers, Lexington Herald-Leader | July 31, 2020
The week in cybersecurity includes news about a surge in COVID-related hacking attacks on government and colleges and how facial recognition technology is losing ground as demands rise for police reform.
The police did not divulge the loss of 269 gigabytes worth of information taken from a consortium of intelligence gathering centers. Many are wondering what this says about the cybersecurity of law enforcement data.
By Dave Lieber, The Dallas Morning News | July 24, 2020
A bill that will temporarily ban facial recognition in New York state public schools just needs a signature from the governor. The bill comes a year after the Lockport School District proposed using the technology.
By Connor Hoffman, Lockport Union-Sun & Journal | July 23, 2020
There have been 61 expressway shootings so far this year, compared to 52 for all of 2019. Police want to install cameras and license plate scanners to better track suspects, but many are concerned about privacy.
The pandemic has exacerbated the inefficiencies health-care specialists experience when it comes to sharing patient data. For many, a doctor can only treat a patient properly if they have access to all the patient’s information.
By Jon O'Connell, The Times-Tribune | July 22, 2020
Election officials must work to combat the spread of disinformation ahead of the 2020 elections. Some are working to combat individual incorrect tweets, while others are turning to statewide emails or YouTube ads.
By Matt Vasilogambros, Stateline.org | July 21, 2020
In the face of COVID-19, government agencies looked to drones, thermal sensing and other sometimes controversial tech to help track and trace the virus and maintain public health. Will a newfound open-mindedness last?
A recent torrent of disinformation seems to have inflamed some of the civil unrest inspired by the police killing of George Floyd. Much of the disinformation was "anti-government" in nature, a new report suggests.
By Lucas Ropek, Government Technology | July 17, 2020