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Cyberthreat sharing must include strong privacy protections, advocates say

By Grant Gross | 29 January, 2015 08:50

U.S. lawmakers should put strict privacy controls into planned legislation to encourage companies to share cyberthreat information with government agencies and each other, some advocates said.

Canadian agency reported to be monitoring millions of downloads

By Grant Gross | 29 January, 2015 03:38

A Canadian surveillance agency is tapping into Internet cables and analyzing up to 15 million downloads from popular file-sharing websites each day, in an effort to identify political extremists, according to a news report by The Intercept and CBC News.

Old arguments may bog down US data breach notification legislation

By Grant Gross | 28 January, 2015 08:02

A drive in the U.S. Congress to pass a law requiring companies with data breaches to notify affected customers may get bogged down in old arguments.

US FTC calls on IoT vendors to protect privacy

By Grant Gross | 28 January, 2015 05:54

Companies developing Internet of Things (IoT) products should adopt best practices to protect the privacy and security of consumers, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has recommended.

States threaten lawsuit against Obama's municipal broadband plan

By Grant Gross | 27 January, 2015 08:28

If the U.S. Federal Communications Commission moves to preempt state laws that limit municipal broadband projects, as President Barack Obama recently asked the agency to do, it will likely end up in court.

AT&T to acquire Nextel Mexico assets for $1.9 billion

By Grant Gross | 27 January, 2015 03:36

AT&T has agreed to acquire mobile carrier Nextel Mexico for UDS$1.9 billion from parent company NII Holdings, in an effort by AT&T to win a larger slice of the Mexican mobile market, the company announced Monday.

Republicans call on FCC to release net neutrality proposal before voting

By Grant Gross | 24 January, 2015 05:03

The chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission should release his proposed net neutrality rules to the public before the commission votes in late February, three top Republican lawmakers said Friday.

USPTO leader New Year's resolution: improve patent quality

By Grant Gross | 23 January, 2015 07:08

Improving the quality of patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will be a top priority there in 2015, the office's acting director said.

Report: Apple agrees to Chinese security audits of its products

By Grant Gross | 23 January, 2015 05:36

Apple will allow China's State Internet Information Office to run security audits on products the company sells in China in an effort to counter concerns that other governments are using its devices for surveillance, according to news reports.

Republican net neutrality proposal falls short, critics say

By Grant Gross | 22 January, 2015 06:42

A Republican net neutrality proposal in the U.S. Congress would not fully protect broadband customers because it would prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from enacting new rules against selectively blocking or throttling traffic, critics said Wednesday.

Obama promises to promote net neutrality, broadband

By Grant Gross | 21 January, 2015 14:13

U.S. President Barack Obama promised to push for net neutrality rules and for more transparency in the government's surveillance programs during his State of the Union address late Tuesday.

Survey: Cybersecurity pros endorse data breach notification rules

By Grant Gross | 21 January, 2015 06:50

U.S. President Barack Obama's call for a nationwide data breach notification law has won strong support from members of one cybersecurity-focused organization.

Republican net neutrality bill allows 'reasonable' network management

By Grant Gross | 17 January, 2015 08:17

Draft net neutrality legislation released Friday by Republican leaders in the U.S. Congress would prohibit broadband providers from blocking or selectively slowing legal Web content, but it would allow them to engage in "reasonable" network management.

Sprint now says it's OK with broadband reclassification

By Grant Gross | 17 January, 2015 06:34

Sprint wouldn't object to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission reclassifying broadband as a regulated public utility in order to pass strong net neutrality rules, as long as the agency applies those new regulations with a "light touch," the mobile carrier said.

Marriott now says it won't block guests' Wi-Fi hotspots

By Grant Gross | 16 January, 2015 06:21

Hotel operator Marriott International has backed off its request to block some outside Wi-Fi hotspots inside its facilities, saying the company has responded to customer feedback.