Exoskeletons, security breaches, and erasing your past [Government IT Week]

It might not be a big news week, but it's an interesting one. Should you be able to erase your past and what happens if you erase someone else's as well? A US security contractor wasn't that secure (oops), and exoskeletons. It's ZDNet Government IT week and we got exoskeletons!

ZDNet's worldwide team provides global 24/7 technology news and analysis. In addition to my own coverage analysis here in the ZDNet Government column and on ZDNet's DIY-IT, every week I'll bring you a selection of the best government-related articles posted by our intrepid reporters and analysts. Here are some of the most interesting from the last week.

Top stories this week

Right to be forgotten: The failure is in us, not Google
There isn't a technical fix for the problem we have with empathy.

Exoskeletons could soon lighten the load for US Navy shipbuilders
The unpowered FORTIS exoskeleton is designed to increase an operator's strength and endurance by transferring weight from their arms to the ground.

Breach at US security contractor exposed at least 25,000 workers
USIS, which performs background checks for the Department of Homeland Security, revealed that it was hacked earlier this month. The same company vetted Edward Snowden for the government.

Other government coverage around ZDNet

Oregon sues Oracle over failed health care exchange
Having spent $240 million for a non-functioning Cover Oregon site, the state is now attempting to recover money in the courts.

Australian infosec spend to hit $1.9B in 2014: Gartner
Australia’s spending on information security is hit to hit almost AU$2 billion in 2014, according to the latest research by Gartner.

Opal-wary pensioners keep paper tickets
Pensioners worried about having to use the NSW Opal electronic ticketing system will be able to keep using paper tickets for a long time to come, Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian has said.

US universities at greater risk for security breaches than retail and healthcare: BitSight
A new report says the majority of attacks experienced by higher education institutions come from malware infections, and most universities are ill equipped to prevent and handle such attacks.

Facebook forced to respond to privacy complaints of 25,000 Europeans
A class action lawsuit brought by a European privacy group is moving forward thanks to the decision today by a Viennese court.

Samsung to pay $2.3m over claims it got Chinese gear into US government
Samsung has paid $2.3m to settle claims it provided wrong information to resellers about where some goods were manufactured.

Death of the car: The tech behind Helsinki's ambitious plan to kill off private vehicles
By 2025, the Finnish capital will have transformed its public transport network – with the help from some clever analytics and more.

NBN expert panel member rejects Scales report
The ACCC did not overly influence the expert panel's recommendation to the Labor government that the NBN should be fibre to the premises, according to panel member Rod Tucker.

More councils eye IRIS shared software platform
Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Gisborne District Council may join shared council platform consortium.