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American law enforcement officials and their counterparts in the U.K. will implement a controversial data sharing deal. There appears to be more hacked data available on the dark web about the Chinese public than ever. And tensions mount in Congress over privacy legislation. This is CyberScoop for July 27.

Data sharing agreement troubles privacy advocates

A 2018 law meant to give law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and U.K. easier access to data from technology and telecom companies as part of criminal investigations will be put into effect for the first time this October. A Department of Justice announcement that the U.S. will begin sharing data with U.K. officials comes more than four years after Congress passed what is known as the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act. Justice has hailed the act as an important public safety measure, but digital rights advocates and tech policy experts say the legislation raises important privacy and civil rights questions. Suzanne Smalley has the story.

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Chinese activity surges on data breach forum

On June 30, a user going by the name of ChinaDan on a popular data breach forum posted what turned out to be one of the biggest data breaches of all time: Access to information on as many as 1 billion Chinese residents collected by the Shanghai police. The situation drew international headlines and caused a surge of Chinese activity on Breach Forums, the site where it was posted, including a flood of Chinese-language posts and a dramatic increase in data purportedly associated with Chinese entities, an analysis from Cybersixgill revealed on Wednesday. AJ Vicens reports.

More privacy sparks fly in Congress

The Senate Commerce Committee advanced two pieces of children’s privacy legislation on Wednesday, but not without stirring tensions between committee leadership. Ranking Member Roger Wicker, R-Miss, refused to support one of the bills because of Chair Maria Cantwell’s, D-Wash., refusal to markup comprehensive children’s privacy legislation. The American Data Privacy Protection Act, which was passed through the House Energy and Commerce Committee earlier this month, includes language addressing children’s privacy. Tonya Riley has it.

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