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The Password Is … Stop Reusing Your Passwords

Abc123. Qwerty. 123456. Password. If you’re using one of these as your password for, well pretty much all your accounts, you’re not alone. A 2019 report found they’re among the most common—and most hacked—passwords in the world. But Cris Thomas says it’s time to stop.

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Congress Turning to State Legislatures for IT Ideas

“States are a great laboratory of wonderful ideas,” U.S. Representative Tom Graves (R-Ga.), the vice chair of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, said last week during a hearing on “Modernizing Legislative Information Technologies: Lessons from the States.” The hearing featured testimony from top legislative technology officers from Washington and California.

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States Break New Ground on Consumer Privacy Regulation

Consumer data privacy legislation was introduced or considered in more than half the states in 2019, a substantial increase compared to previous years. (That doesn’t include other types of related legislation, such as security breach notification and cybersecurity bills.)

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Preemption Takes Center Stage Amid Federal Data Privacy Action

Spurred by the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation and the 2020 effective date of California’s Consumer Privacy Act, Congress is again undertaking the elusive task of passing a comprehensive national data privacy bill.

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NRI Committee Launches 2019 Webinar Series

NCSL’s Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee’s annual Spring Webinar Series will examine issues ranging from carbon capture storage to new transportation technology, cell-cultured meat and much more

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Ombudsman Offices Keep the Sun Shining on Government Records

This is National Sunshine Week, an annual event marking the importance of public access to government information. The celebration runs March 10-16 and features news articles, panel discussions, workshops and other events advocating access to public information.

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Data Privacy Day Takes on More Significance in 2019

Today is Data Privacy Day, recognized annually to create awareness about the importance of respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust.

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Net Neutrality and Privacy: A Federal Issue or for the States to Decide?

Michelle Richardson, director of the Privacy & Data Project at the Center for Democracy and Technology, says the internet privacy debate is long overdue.

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New Hampshire Voters Approve Constitutional Amendment on Privacy

Among the more than 150 statewide ballot measures covering topics from transportation to elections to health care, one may have fallen under the radar. New Hampshire voters on Tuesday approved amending the state constitution to establish a right to privacy.

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Cryptocurrency: Currency of the Future or Just a Fad?

Los Angeles—The U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) defines virtual currency as “a medium of exchange that operates like a currency in some environments, but does not have all the attributes of real currency.

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.