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  • US lawmakers introduce two bills to protect email privacy

    A long-standing effort to extend privacy protections to email and other data in the cloud got new life Thursday when U.S. lawmakers introduced not one, but two bills to reform the country's electronic privacy laws.

    Written by Grant Gross13 Feb. 15 09:54
  • Microsoft gets allies to help tell US to back off on Irish search warrant

    The U.S. Department of Justice should back off its request for Microsoft to turn over a suspect's digital documents stored on a server in Ireland, or be prepared for other governments demanding documents stored on U.S. servers, the company's general counsel said.

    Written by Grant Gross16 Dec. 14 06:49
  • Microsoft's Smith calls for new privacy push in Congress

    Congress needs to do more to protect private data of U.S. citizens from government surveillance and the misuse of technology by companies, a top Microsoft executive said Tuesday.

    Written by Grant Gross25 June 14 03:47
  • Schneier on NSA's encryption defeating efforts: Trust no one

    The U.S. National Security Agency's efforts to defeat encrypted Internet communications, detailed in news stories this week, are an attack on the security of the Internet and on users' trust in the network, some security experts said.

    Written by Grant Gross06 Sept. 13 20:06
  • Microsoft: We don't give NSA direct access to email

    Microsoft does not give the U.S. National Security agency direct access to its customers' email or instant messages, contrary to previous news reports, a company executive said.

    Written by Grant Gross16 July 13 20:06
  • Software firms go to Washington to defend patents

    Software patents, facing new scrutiny in the U.S., drive innovation and protect huge investments by developers, representatives of software companies said during a Capitol Hill briefing.

    Written by Grant Gross21 Feb. 13 18:16
  • How Intuit liberated IT to embrace mobile, social and the Cloud

    Intuit, known for personal financial products like TurboTax and Quickbooks, isn't considered a corporate IT company nor does it have any grand designs to expand beyond its consumer and small business roots into the enterprise.

    Written by John Gallant20 Dec. 11 04:32
  • Senators push for high-skill immigration reform

    A group of U.S. senators pledged Tuesday to open up the country's borders to high-skill immigrants, with lawmakers arguing that the U.S. is turning away some of the world's smartest people.

    Written by Grant Gross27 July 11 04:52
  • Groups ask US agencies to reject AT&T, T-Mobile deal

    Two U.S. agencies reviewing AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA should reject it because it's anticompetitive and will hurt consumers and the U.S. tech industry, three antitrust experts said Tuesday.

    Written by Grant Gross25 May 11 04:20
  • Justices question Microsoft's vision of patent law

    U.S. Supreme Court justices questioned Monday whether they should side with Microsoft and weaken the legal standard needed to invalidate a patent, with some justices suggesting there are alternatives to changing established law.

    Written by Grant Gross19 April 11 05:26
  • Senators push for update to electronic privacy law

    A 24-year-old law setting the rules on how law enforcement agencies can obtain electronic records needs to be updated because it's out of step with modern technology and privacy expectations, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy said Wednesday.

    Written by Grant Gross23 Sept. 10 04:40
  • Microsoft to issue blanket license to NGOs

    Microsoft will issue a blanket software license to nonprofit groups and journalist groups outside the U.S. after the New York Times reported that Russian police have used software copyright raids to seize computers of activist groups.

    Written by Grant Gross14 Sept. 10 04:25
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