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The FCC plans to investigate telecom practices when it comes to alerting — or not — consumers about the use of their location data. Federal cybersecurity grants for states are getting closer. And that LastPass breach might not be such a big deal. This is CyberScoop for Aug. 26.

Mobile carriers love your geolocation data

Ten of the top 15 mobile carriers that collect geolocation data provide no way for consumers to opt-out, according to information from the telecom companies the Federal Communications Commission published Thursday. The carriers’ answers to questions about data collection and retention from the FCC come in response to a July request from the agency seeking information on geolocation practices in light of concerns about how law enforcement could use phone data to arrest abortion-seekers in states where the procedure is now illegal or will soon be outlawed. The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau with a follow-up investigation into making sure carriers follow the FCC rules that require them to disclose how they are using and sharing geolocation data. Tonya Riley reports.

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Federal cyber grants 'at the goal line'

The long-awaited outline for a new federal cybersecurity grant program aimed at state and local governments might show itself soon, New Hampshire Chief Information Officer Denis Goulet said Thursday. Goulet and his fellow state CIOs have been waiting since last November, when President Biden signed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure spending law, for instructions on how the four-year, $1 billion grant program — fulfilling one of state CIOs’ longtime goals — will work. Under the law, an initial $200 million tranche is to be distributed by the end of the current fiscal year, a period that expires Sept. 30. Benjamin Freed writes in StateScoop.

What's up with the LastPass breach?

An unauthorized party gained access to portions of LastPass' development environment and managed to take some source code and proprietary data, the company revealed Thursday. The password management software provider said initial indications are that no customer data has been effected, and that the company does not have access to customer master passwords and therefore customer password vaults remain secure. Multiple cybersecurity experts said there's likely no risk for users. Read the LastPass notice.


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