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09/27/2022
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Florida man accused of overreaching (foreign tech edition)

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis last week issued an executive order and proposed legislative actions designed to make it more difficult for China and other “hostile foreign powers” to do business in his state, including a prohibition against any government entity in the state from procuring technology products or services from the banned countries. But the order's reach is likely to be quite limited, according to James Andrew Lewis, a senior researcher with the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “The only thing he can do is ban the State of Florida from buying technology from dangerous states, but that’s it," Lewis said, adding that it's also redundant with existing federal bans on some Chinese technologies. Colin Wood reports.


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SF police get live looks at private surveillance cams

Police in San Francisco will soon be able to access live footage from thousands of privately owned security cameras. The policy was approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors last week in a 7-4 vote, much to the dismay of privacy advocates. A statement from the San Francisco Police Department said that cameras would be used during high-profile events such as protests “for the sole purpose of deployment or placement of personnel.”   Lindsay McKenzie has details.


California Gov. Newsom signs K-12 cyber reporting bill

California Gov. Gavin Newsom last week signed a bill requiring grade schools to report cyberattacks and other breaches to the state’s cybersecurity team. The new law encompasses K-12 districts, county education boards and charter schools, requiring those organizations to report any incident that affects at least 500 students — or other individuals — to the California Cybersecurity Integration Center, a multi-agency security operations center in Sacramento. The bill passed the state legislature in late August, a few weeks before the Los Angeles Unified School District experienced a large ransomware attack. Benjamin Freed has more.


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