- Marriott Breach Could Lead to New Cybersecurity Laws
- Colorado Adds New Gender Option to Driver’s License
- Chicago Agency Shirking Screening Responsibilities
Marriott Breach Could Lead to New Cybersecurity Laws
The massive Marriott data breach that exposed 500 million people to identity theft, could lead to new legislation on companies that have access to such huge amounts of consumer data. Right after the breach was reported, Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), the founder of the Cybersecurity Caucus, said it is a time for Congress to strengthen its resolve and pass laws that prevent companies from hanging on to sensitive data that they no longer need. Lawmakers also want to make sure businesses put money into prevention, rather than having their customers pay the price for their lapses. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn) says the fact that the hackers in the Marriott system were not detected for four years makes it hard to believe that the company took the security of their customers’ data seriously.
Colorado Adds New Gender Option to Driver’s License
Drivers in Colorado no longer have to decide between just male and female when they apply for their license. The state is adding the choice of “X” for nonbinary or transgender people. The option is not available for just anyone. In order to choose “X” the applicant must fill out a form and get a signature from a doctor or mental health counselor. California, Oregon, Minnesota, Maine and Washington, DC already offer this third gender option. Colorado is also considering adding the “X” option to its birth certificates.
Chicago Agency Shirking Screening Responsibilities
The Chicago Park District is under fire for not following its own rules when it comes to screening volunteers and protecting the 350,000 people who participate in their actives. An investigation by the Inspector General found that an average of 30-percent of all active volunteers had not submitted to criminal background checks, which is a clear violation of the Park District’s internal handbook. The District also hasn’t been requiring private youth sports leagues to run background checks on their volunteers. When checks of the Sex Offender Registry were run, they only looked at the state of Illinois, so they had no idea if a volunteer had been in trouble in another state. The investigation showed that the entire system was under-resourced and undermined by non-compliance. A spokeswoman for the city’s parks says protecting children is their number one goal, so they now reviewing their entire volunteer program.