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US lawmakers to Europe: Don't break up Google

By Grant Gross | 27 November, 2014 02:59

U.S. lawmakers want their counterparts in the European Parliament to back away from a resolution that would split up Google by separating search engines from other online services.

Pew poll: Limited knowledge on privacy policies, more on net neutrality

By Grant Gross | 26 November, 2014 04:00

U.S. Internet users have a limited understanding of what net neutrality means and what protections are contained in company privacy policies, according to the results of a national survey by the Pew Research Center.

NSA privacy director defends agency's surveillance

By Grant Gross | 25 November, 2014 07:52

The U.S. National Security Agency's surveillance programs are legal and under close scrutiny by other parts of the government, the agency's internal privacy watchdog said Monday in an online Q&A.

Reports: EU taking first step towards breaking up Google

By Grant Gross | 22 November, 2014 08:55

Members of the European Parliament are readying a motion calling for the break-up of Google, by separating its search engine functionality from other commercial services, according to news reports.

US man sentenced for hacking POS systems at Subway

By Grant Gross | 22 November, 2014 07:07

A former Subway franchise owner will spend time in prison for hacking into computerized cash registers he sold to the sandwich restaurant chain and obtaining more than US$40,000 in gift cards.

FCC chairman gives no timeline for net neutrality decision

By Grant Gross | 22 November, 2014 06:24

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has no public timeline for voting on proposed net neutrality rules, despite pressure from President Barack Obama and some net neutrality advocates.

AT&T to pay $23.8 million to settle California dumping complaint

By Grant Gross | 21 November, 2014 07:31

AT&T has agreed to pay US$23.8 million to resolve allegations by the state of California that it illegally disposed of hazardous waste, including electronics, batteries and aerosol cans, by throwing it into dumpsters.

NSA director: No changes in telephone record collection coming

By Grant Gross | 21 November, 2014 04:40

The U.S. National Security Agency is planning no major changes in its domestic telephone records collection program after a bill to rein in those efforts failed in the Senate this week, the agency's director said.

Court shuts down tech support 'scams' targeted by FTC

By Grant Gross | 20 November, 2014 06:13

A Florida court has temporarily shut down two "massive" telemarketing operations that allegedly conned tens of thousands of consumers out of millions of dollars by tricking them into fixing nonexistent computer errors, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said.

US Senate fails to move forward on NSA reform bill

By Grant Gross | 19 November, 2014 12:15

The U.S. Senate has voted against a bill that would rein in the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone records within the country, possibly killing any NSA reforms until next year.

TRUSTe deceived consumers about recertification program, FTC says

By Grant Gross | 18 November, 2014 09:18

It turns out that TRUSTe, the provider of privacy certifications for online businesses, may not be so trustworthy after all. The company failed to conduct annual recertification checks for hundreds of companies holding its privacy seal, despite promising to do so, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has charged.

Senator demands answers about DOJ mobile phone surveillance planes

By Grant Gross | 18 November, 2014 06:23

A reported mobile phone surveillance program at the U.S. Department of Justice raises serious privacy questions, a U.S. senator said Monday.

Telephone tax hike part of FCC chairman's plan for Internet fund

By Grant Gross | 18 November, 2014 05:30

A proposed US$0.16 fee increase on your telephone bill would go toward improving Internet access for kids in school and libraries.

US net neutrality proposal could lead to broadband taxes, opponents say

By Grant Gross | 15 November, 2014 07:31

U.S. President Barack Obama's call for the Federal Communications Commission to pass net neutrality rules by reclassifying broadband as a regulated public utility is a bad idea that could raise broadband prices by 16 percent or more, a parade of Republican politicians and conservative activists said Friday.

Tech, digital rights groups applaud Senate move on NSA reform

By Grant Gross | 14 November, 2014 05:06

Several technology and digital rights groups have praised a U.S. Senate move toward passing legislation that would rein in the National Security Agency's domestic telephone records collection program.