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What's an extremely online agency to do?

The chaos at Twitter since Elon Musk's takeover is raising questions for government agencies that've long used the site as a mass communications tool, especially during emergencies and other real-time events. “My clients in the public sector are losing trust in Twitter’s platform, they’re concerned they will be impersonated and are actively looking for other platforms to release their urgent info,” Rachel Tobac, chief executive of SocialProof Security, told StateScoop. But some agencies with an established Twitter presence aren't worried if the site collapses. “We existed and thrived before Twitter,” said Karina Shagren, a spokesperson for the Washington Military Department. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Colorado needs to sort out its new privacy law

A lot of work needs to be done over the next few months to make the Colorado Privacy Act workable, businesses, nonprofits and consumer advocacy organizations said in a recent virtual forum. The act, which was signed into law last year, aims to make it easier for Coloradans to control their personal information — giving them the ability to opt out of businesses selling or using their data for targeted advertising purposes. In addition to individual opt-out requests, the state wants to make it possible for residents to universally opt-out of their data being collected, processed or sold. Lindsay McKenzie has details.

States to Google: Pay up

Forty state attorneys general yesterday announced a settlement with Google over the internet giant's location-tracking practices, agreeing to a $391.5 million multi-state payout — a record for consumer privacy settlements — after it was discovered that the company continued tracking users' location, even when users told it not to. Those practices were revealed in a 2018 investigation by the Associated Press, after which the attorneys general, led by Oregon's Ellen Rosenbaum, built their case. “For years Google has prioritized profit over their users’ privacy. They have been crafty and deceptive," Rosenbaum said in a press release. Read more.

How crypto investigations led to some of the web's biggest busts

Veteran tech journalist Andy Greenberg's new book, "Tracers in the Dark," follows how law enforcement agencies have harnessed powerful emerging technology to trace cryptocurrency, which once seemed anonymous, right to the doorsteps of some of the world’s most wanted criminals. Greenberg told CyberScoop's Tonya Riley that while these investigations have led to major busts, there are limits to their reach, like ransomware actors whose location puts them beyond the grasp of law enforcement. "The ability to trace ransomware payments for instance just gives us a front-row seat to see how rich Russian cybercriminals are becoming. It doesn’t always allow us to do anything about the problem," Greenberg says. Read the interview.

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