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  • White House takes steps against patent trolls

    The U.S. White House will launch new efforts aimed at combating abusive patent lawsuits, including a website to assist defendants of patent lawsuits brought by so-called patent trolls.

    Written by Grant Gross20 Feb. 14 21:48
  • House panel approves bill targeting patent trolls

    A U.S. House of Representatives committee has approved legislation aimed at making it more difficult for so-called patent trolls to use infringement lawsuits against other businesses.

    Written by Grant Gross21 Nov. 13 15:07
  • Critics question FTC's authority to bring data security complaints

    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission should back away from its claim of broad authority to seek sanctions against companies for data breaches when it has no clearly defined data security standards, critics of the agency said Thursday.

    Written by Grant Gross12 Sept. 13 20:06
  • Critic: NTIA's mobile privacy push has failed

    Lobbyists derailed an effort by U.S. President Barack Obama's administration to create mobile privacy standards, a privacy group charged on Thursday, while some participants in the process conceded it lacked focus.

    Written by Grant Gross29 Aug. 13 20:30
  • Modified online children's privacy rules take effect in US

    Some websites and mobile app developers are confused about how to comply with revised rules governing the online collection of personal information from children that took effect in the U.S. Monday, critics said.

    Written by Grant Gross01 July 13 17:31
  • Obama targets so-called patent trolls

    The U.S. Congress should allow new challenges to patents on processes that are enabled by computers, and lawmakers should make it more difficult for patent-holding firms to gain import injunctions at the U.S. International Trade Commission, the White House has recommended.

    Written by Grant Gross04 June 13 15:04
  • Developers get some tips on mobile app privacy

    Mobile app developers face a huge challenge in keeping up with the fast-changing landscape of data privacy law. They got some tips Wednesday at a conference devoted to the topic in San Francisco.

    Written by Zach Miners11 April 13 01:15
  • FTC: App developers, stores should take new privacy steps

    Mobile app developers should provide real-time disclosures to users on the personal information they collect and get permission to collect sensitive information, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has recommended.

    Written by Grant Gross01 Feb. 13 16:50
  • Consumer groups cheer DOJ's move to block AT&T acquisition

    Several consumer and digital rights groups applauded the U.S. Department of Justice's opposition to AT&T's proposed acquisition of rival mobile carrier T-Mobile USA, with critics of the deal saying it would have hurt consumers.

    Written by Grant Gross01 Sept. 11 06:48
  • Senators: New smartphone tracking law needed

    The U.S. Congress needs to pass new laws to protect smartphone customers from having their locations tracked by operating systems and applications, members of a Senate subcommittee said Thursday.

    Written by Grant Gross20 May 11 04:02
  • Groups defend drunk-driving checkpoint software

    Makers of applications that locate drunk-driving checkpoints are misunderstood, defenders said Wednesday, a day after four U.S. senators called for smartphone makers to pull applications from their services.

    Written by Grant Gross24 March 11 08:44
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