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New US company owner database ‘taking way too long’ to implement, experts warn

ICIJ – “After ICIJ’s FinCEN Files investigation, transparency advocates cheered a new law mandating a beneficial ownership register in the U.S. Two years later, experts are expressing serious concerns. A key U.S. reform designed to halt anonymous companies hiding illicit activities and funds remains stalled in the U.S. Treasury Department two years after the FinCEN Files, a global money laundering probe led by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists,  spurred calls for strengthened safeguards. Experts say the Treasury Department is badly behind schedule in implementing the law mandating the government to collect ownership data from companies operating in the United States. Transparency advocates who cheered the new law now worry that the delays are so severe that the all-important registry could remain unfinished by the next presidential election, and that a new administration might have less interest in implementing and defending the law. “There is a lot of anxiety that the Biden administration will take the whole four years to finalize the rules setting up the beneficial ownership registry,” Elise Bean, an anti-corruption expert and former chief counsel of the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, said. “It is hard to understand what is taking so long.” At the heart of the delays, experts told ICIJ, are the Treasury’s attempts to finalize rules that must be in place before activating an ownership registry, a database that is to be made available to law enforcement agents and bank compliance officers. “FinCEN is working expeditiously to promulgate rules to implement the statute,” FinCEN spokesperson Jayna Desai told ICIJ, noting that the office does not yet have a date set for the rules to be published….”

Government reports on digital assets responsive to Biden’s Executive Order on crypto

Follow-up to September 16, 2022 White House Framework on Regulating Cryptocurrency, please see the following documents related to the directive re Ensuring Responsible Development of Digital Assets: September 16, 2022 – “The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is publishing its report, Technical Evaluation for a U.S. Central Bank Digital Currency System,… Continue Reading

State of Data Science Report 2022

Anaconda: “This year, we conducted our State of Data Science survey to gather demographic information about our community, ascertain how that community works, and collect insights into big questions and trends that are top of mind within the community. 3,493 individuals from 133 countries and regions took part in the online survey conducted from April… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, September 10, 2022

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, September 10, 2022 – Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the… Continue Reading

20 SPAM Statistics for 2022

DataProt: What’s On the Other Side of Your Inbox: “Did you check your spam folder lately? It’s like walking into a giant shopping mall where everyone wants you to buy their products, hire their services, or marry a Nigerian prince. Thousands upon thousands of emails, all encompassed under a common denominator. Spam. We’ve compiled 20… Continue Reading

NHTSA Updates Cybersecurity Best Practices for New Vehicles

“The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Safety of Modern Vehicles, an update to its 2016 edition. The document describes NHTSA’s guidance to the automotive industry for improving vehicle cybersecurity for safety. “As vehicle technology and connectivity develop, cybersecurity needs to be a top priority for… Continue Reading

Los Angeles school district warns of disruption as it battles ongoing ransomware attack

TechCrunch: “The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has confirmed it was hit by a ransomware attack that is causing ongoing technical disruptions. LAUSD is the second largest school district in the U.S. after the New York City Department of Education. LAUSD serves more than 600,000 students spanning kindergarten through 12th grade at over 1,000… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, September 3, 2022

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, September 3, 2022: Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading

Yes, it’s a scam: Simple tips to help you spot online fraud

Washington Post: “Nobody is immune to scams. Criminals are constantly changing them to fit the latest headlines, target our insecurities and slip through even the most well-honed BS detectors. That means everyone, young and old, can benefit from a refresher on how to spot a text, phone or online scam and what to do next.… Continue Reading

Climate Change Remains Top Global Threat Across 19-Country Survey

Pew – Concerns about climate, misinformation and cyberattacks predominate across 19 countries, but people are also concerned about the global economy and spread of infectious diseases. “With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging, a hot war between Russia and Ukraine ongoing, inflation rates rising globally and heat records being smashed across parts of the world, countries… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, August 27, 2022

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, August 27, 2022 – Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading

How to create better passwords without much effort

Fast Company: “Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: you should use a different password for every account you have, and each of those passwords should be an extraordinarily long and complex string of characters that are easy for you to remember but hard for others to guess. Unfortunately, that’s solid advice and equally… Continue Reading