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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2014
Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, the top-ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, is proposing to end the bulk collection of telephone data by the National Security Agency - the program at the center of the controversy over the reach of government spying. Ruppersberger would discontinue the government's mass collection of phone data, which has been heavily criticized by privacy rights groups, and instead require intelligence agencies to get court orders on a case-by-case basis before they mine information held by telecommunication companies.
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February 28, 2014
I am writing in outrage over this constant revelation of security breaches involving our most private of data ( "UM forms task force to identify any further data vulnerabilities," Feb. 25). I demand that they pass a law limiting any data collection to the bare minimum needed to complete the current business transaction and that all such data be deleted upon final payment or termination of the business activity. The law should go further in that businesses or institutions must notify the person they are collecting data on exactly what it is they are digitizing and obtain written permission to do so. This week it's the University of Maryland, last week it was Yahoo (who, by the way, never notified me about anything)
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February 25, 2014
One of the main reasons so many people may be financially harmed by the database theft at the University of Maryland ("UM technology chief says stolen database was not encrypted," Feb. 21) is because the university felt the need to acquire so much personal information from people. I see no reason a college would need the Social Security number of anyone, besides an employee. It seems to me that only the Social Security Administration and organizations that deal directly with it need our Social Security information.
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By Sean Welsh, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop issued an apology Tuesday for inaccurate statements he made about deaths related to the legalization of marijuana in Colorado. Pristoop, in testimony regarding legalization of marijuana, stated that overdoses on marijuana led to more than 30 deaths on the first day the drug was legalized in Colorado. That data was based upon a hoax story that ran on satirical and comedy websites. "I apologize for the information I provided concerning the deaths.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
A week after the University of Maryland learned it was the target of a sophisticated data breach, President Wallace D. Loh said Tuesday that the university would extend free credit protection services to the 309,000 students, alumni and employees affected from the one year it had previously announced to five years. The university discovered last week that the Social Security numbers, birth dates and names of all students, faculty and staff issued a university ID card at College Park and at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville since 1998 had been stolen.
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February 24, 2014
As one who has been working on pesticide legislation for a while as a beekeeper and as president of the Central Maryland Beekeepers Association, I'd say you hit the mark in your recent editorial on the subject ( "Understanding pesticide risks," Feb. 19). The bill that is coming up does only one thing: provide for a $10 per registration surcharge to support data collection. Yet to be defined are what data is collected, who gets to see it and how granular the data will be. Our concern is that the way the data is collected and used will be so diluted as to be useless.
NEWS
February 24, 2014
Hackers who stole confidential information on more than 309,000 current and former students and faculty from computers at the University of Maryland College Park last week had to penetrate multiple layers of security to get at the data, and school officials still don't know exactly how they did it or who they were. The sophisticated attack, which compromised Social Security numbers, birth dates, university ID numbers and other personal information, was a stark reminder of how vulnerable the nation's institutions are. School officials moved quickly to respond to the breach, which apparently took place sometime between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. Tuesday and was discovered by staffers a few hours later.
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By Dave Hansen | February 23, 2014
If 2013 has taught us anything, it is that we have a growing data security crisis. Four of the top 10 data breaches of all time occurred last year, with more than 575 million data records accessed, lost or stolen according to one source that tracks data breaches. It seemed every week there was a news story about a major security breach in which customer data was either accessed or stolen. Companies that we all know, use and trust with our personal and financial information were affected, from major retailers and social media companies to financial institutions.
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By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2014
The online exchange where Maryland's uninsured can buy coverage under the Affordable Care Act has been troubled since its Oct. 1 launch, prompting media outlets and others to dig into what went wrong. There have been at least 65 requests for information under the state's public records laws, including emails among staff, invoices, contract details and other data. Now the head of the exchange says the effort to provide the public with information has become an undue burden on lawyers and other staffers, who are still trying to fix the site.
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