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  • Critics question wording of Internet freedom bill

    Legislation that would make it official U.S. policy to promote a global Internet "free from government control" could restrict the U.S. Federal Communications Commission from using its authority and prevent law enforcement agencies from taking action against cybercriminals, some critics have said.

    Written by Grant Gross10 April 13 21:49
  • Privacy group calls for changes in CISPA cyberthreat sharing bill

    U.S. lawmakers need to make significant changes to a controversial cyberthreat information sharing bill because the legislation could be used to give federal intelligence agencies backdoor wiretapping powers, the Center for Democracy and Technology said.

    Written by Grant Gross03 April 13 20:08
  • Lawmakers to reintroduce controversial information-sharing bill

    Two U.S. lawmakers plan to reintroduce a controversial cybersecurity bill that allows private companies to share customers' personal information related to a wide range of cyberthreats with government agencies.

    Written by Grant Gross11 Feb. 13 19:11
  • US FTC strengthens online children's privacy rules

    Websites, mobile apps and online advertising networks targeting children will be required to follow new privacy regulations, including getting a parent's permission before collecting geolocation information and photographs from kids, under new rules announced Wednesday by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

    Written by Grant Gross19 Dec. 12 19:43
  • US senator has not caved on e-privacy, aide says

    The chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has not reversed course on email privacy and has not proposed to give U.S. agencies access to email and other electronic communications without search warrants, despite a news report to the contrary, an aide to Senator Patrick Leahy said Tuesday.

    Written by Grant Gross20 Nov. 12 21:16
  • Yahoo to ignore Microsoft's 'Do Not Track' signal from IE10

    Yahoo will ignore "Do Not Track" privacy requests sent by Microsoft's Internet Explorer 10 browser, calling its ally's unilateral decision "signal abuse" and pointing to a possible rift between the search partners.

    Written by Gregg Keizer29 Oct. 12 20:04
  • Lawmaker proposes cyberthreat sharing organization

    A proposal in the U.S. House of Representatives would set up a new semi-independent organization allowing the U.S. government and private companies to share information about cyberthreats, but some critics questioned whether the group would be too removed from congressional scrutiny.

    Written by Grant Gross07 Dec. 11 07:07
  • Committee approves cybersharing bill despite privacy concerns

    The U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee has approved a recently introduced bill that would allow greater cyberthreat information sharing between U.S. intelligence agencies and private companies even though privacy advocates say it would allow those agencies to spy on U.S. residents.

    Written by Grant Gross03 Dec. 11 05:16
  • House hearing on Stop Online Piracy Act scheduled

    The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee will conduct a hearing on the controversial copyright enforcement bill, the Stop Online Piracy Act, on Wednesday, the committee has announced.

    Written by Grant Gross12 Nov. 11 07:19
  • Piracy legislation needed to battle huge problem, experts say

    Legislation in the U.S. Congress that would allow federal law enforcement officials to block websites accused of copyright piracy is necessary because of the vast number of foreign sites trading in infringing music and movies and counterfeit products, two supporters of the bills said.

    Written by Grant Gross11 Nov. 11 09:16
  • Supreme Court set to hear landmark GPS tracking case

    The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday will begin hearing arguments in a <a href="">landmark case</a> involving the government's authority to use GPS tracking devices in criminal investigations without first obtaining a court order.

    Written by Jaikumar Vijayan03 Nov. 11 08:18