Drones used for surveillance on U.S. soil; U.S. strikes cybersecurity agreement with Russia, Inspector General vacancies criticized, and more.
► Speaking before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, FBI Director Robert Mueller admitted that drones have been used on U.S. soil "to aid its investigations in a 'very, very minimal way, very seldom,'" reports The Guardian. "Dianne Feinstein, who is also chair of the Senate intelligence committee, said the issue of drones worried her far more than telephone and internet surveillance, which she believes are subject to sufficient legal oversight," states the article.
► The U.S. and Russia will work more closely on cybersecurity, reports H-Security. "Russia and the US are planning to improve the sharing of information about cyber-threats in order to minimise the risk of a crisis and to build up bilateral trust, the White House has announced ," it reports. "As part of the cooperation plan, the Department of Homeland Security in the US and its Russian counterpart will exchange information on any malware that appears to originate in the other country."
► The Wall Street Journal reports that lawmakers are criticizing the Obama administration for not filling the critical position of inspector general at many key agencies. "Some of the government's largest cabinet agencies, including the departments of Defense, State, Interior and Homeland Security, haven't had permanent inspectors general in place for one to five years, raising concerns," the article notes.
► Also in the news, "a taskforce led by the CNIL, the Data Protection Authorities from France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom have respectively launched enforcement actions against Google ," reports CNIL, France's data privacy administrative authority.