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Lawmakers don’t want the federal government buying troves of personal data from data brokers and government contractors.
Congress is attempting to pass legislation that would severely restrict what information the government can purchase from contractors in light of recent revelations that federal government agencies purchased vast quantities of personal data, including cell phone location data, from dubious data brokers and contractors. Last week, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) published thousands of pages of previously unreleased documents describing how the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and other divisions acquired from contractors vast amounts of data on people’s cell phone locations that were secretly obtained from smartphone apps. Contractors who offer IT and data solutions to intelligence organizations are concerned about how the legislation could unintentionally hinder the government’s capacity to deal with delicate national security matters.
White House reviewing a Trump era cyber policy.
According to a top cyber official, the White House is evaluating a crucial cyber operations policy in an effort to improve it so that the use of offensive cyber operations “fits within our foreign policy goal.” Anne Neuberger, the National Security Council’s deputy national security advisor for cyber and emerging technology, said the White House’s is reviewing a policy put in place by the Trump administration in 2018—commonly referred to as National Security Presidential Memorandum-13. The evaluation has drawn criticism because it might result in changes to policy that will impede offensive cyber operations.
IARPA to host SINTRA Proposer’s Day.
A Proposer’s Day for the Space Debris Identification and Tracking (SINTRA) Program will be held, according to plans made public by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) on July 20. On August 10, 2022, from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm EDT, there will be a conference for potential proposers of the SINTRA program to learn more about the program’s goals and technical specifications. The registration deadline is Friday, August 5, 2022 at 12:00 EDT. The IARPA SINTRA program aims to advance the state-of-the-art for the detection, tracking, and characterization of dangerous non-trackable orbital space debris. It also investigates how orbital debris interacts with the surrounding space environment. All space missions, including those of the Intelligence Community, are at risk from space debris (IC).