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  • US DOJ opposes company requests to publish surveillance statistics

    The U.S. Department of Justice has opposed requests by Facebook, Google, Microsoft and other companies to publish the number of surveillance requests they receive from the U.S. National Security Agency and other agencies.

    Written by Grant Gross02 Oct. 13 17:40
  • NSA encryption-defeating efforts will backfire, privacy advocates say

    The U.S. National Security Agency's efforts to defeat encryption will backfire by eroding trust in U.S.-based Internet services and in the agency's own efforts to aid U.S. companies with cybersecurity, a group of privacy advocates said Tuesday.

    Written by Grant Gross01 Oct. 13 19:57
  • Tech firms push for NSA surveillance transparency bills

    The U.S. Congress must act quickly on legislation that would make electronic data collection efforts by the U.S. National Security Agency more public, a group of tech firms, civil liberties groups and other organizations said Monday.

    Written by Grant Gross30 Sept. 13 19:23
  • 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
  • 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
  • Groups oppose proposed change to Internet content 'safe harbor'

    A proposed change to U.S. law that would allow state attorneys general to hold websites liable for content posted by users is a "dangerous path," a group of tech trade groups and legal scholars said Wednesday.

    Written by Grant Gross31 July 13 19:23
  • Some privacy advocates question mobile apps agreement

    A proposed code of conduct for mobile app developers intended to make them explain how user data is collected and used does not have a clear enforcement mechanism, one privacy advocate said.

    Written by Grant Gross26 July 13 16:15
  • Privacy advocates call on gov't to rein in NSA

    A U.S. government board focused on privacy and civil rights should push Congress to rein in the U.S. National Security Agency's mass collection of telephone records and Internet communications, privacy advocates said Tuesday.

    Written by Grant Gross09 July 13 19:14
  • Aaron's Law would revamp computer fraud penalties

    Two U.S. lawmakers have introduced a bill that would prevent the Department of Justice from prosecuting people for violating terms of service for Web-based products, website notices or employment agreements under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).

    Written by Grant Gross20 June 13 20:13
  • FAQ: 5 things known and alleged about NSA surveillance

    Recent news reports alleging broad surveillance efforts by the U.S. National Security Agency seem to have left more questions than answers. Whistleblower Edward Snowden has accused the NSA of collecting massive amounts of data from U.S. residents, but U.S. officials have largely denied his allegations.

    Written by Grant Gross10 June 13 19:57
  • Privacy groups, some lawmakers rip into NSA surveillance

    Privacy groups and some lawmakers are in an uproar after news reports this week that the U.S. National Security Agency is conducting broad surveillance of the nation's residents.

    Written by Grant Gross07 June 13 14:54
  • Senator rips self-regulatory do-not-track efforts

    The U.S. online advertising industry has not lived up to a promise to stop the online tracking of Internet users who ask advertisers to do so, a senior U.S. senator said Wednesday.

    Written by Grant Gross24 April 13 21:03
  • CISPA sponsor compares opponents to 14-year-olds

    The chief sponsor of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) in the U.S. Congress has ignited a Twitter storm by suggesting many opponents of the proposed cyberthreat sharing bill are 14-year-olds in basements.

    Written by Grant Gross17 April 13 13:58
  • US House to vote on CISPA cyberthreat bill this week

    The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), a controversial cyberthreat information-sharing bill, will be debated on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives this week, despite continued opposition from some privacy and digital rights advocates.

    Written by Grant Gross15 April 13 20:47