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  • US lawmakers push to limit gov't mobile tracking

    The U.S. Congress needs to pass legislation that would require law enforcement agencies to get permission from a judge before tracking suspects through their mobile phones, instead of the now-common practice of tracking a mobile subscriber's location after a prosecutor-issued subpoena, two U.S. lawmakers said Tuesday.

    Written by Grant Gross19 Oct. 11 04:11
  • European data concerns cloud outlook for US vendors

    American cloud providers may find themselves unable to sell to the Dutch government due to concerns that the vendors could be compelled to share data with U.S. authorities under the provisions of the Patriot Act. Similar concerns are being raised in the European Parliament.

    Written by Loek Essers17 Sept. 11 03:40
  • Senators push for changes in cybercrime law

    The main U.S. law targeting cybercrime may need to be changed because it has allowed law enforcement agencies to target people who simply violate websites' terms of service or their employers' computer use policies, two senators said Wednesday.

    Written by Grant Gross08 Sept. 11 04:05
  • Groups ask FCC to rule against BART's mobile phone shutdown

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission should take swift action to rule against the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) District's recent decision to shut down mobile phone service during a planned protest, several digital rights groups said Monday.

    Written by Grant Gross30 Aug. 11 05:42
  • Engineers: PROTECT IP Act would break DNS

    Provisions in U.S. legislation designed to protect copyright online could break the Internet's Domain Name System by driving users to untrusted DNS services outside the U.S., a group of Internet engineers said Thursday.

    Written by Grant Gross15 July 11 04:29
  • Feds move toward health claims database despite privacy fears

    Despite lingering privacy concerns, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is plowing ahead with plans to build a massive centralized database containing detailed healthcare claims information on millions of federal employees and their families.

    Written by Jaikumar Vijayan17 June 11 05:05
  • US agency calls for new cybersecurity standards

    The U.S. Department of Commerce should work with Internet business groups to establish voluntary codes of conduct and standards to protect against cyberattacks, a new report from the agency recommended.

    Written by Grant Gross09 June 11 05:07
  • Lawmakers question Obama cybersecurity proposal

    A proposal for new cybersecurity legislation by U.S. President Barack Obama's administration could give the government unprecedented access to private data, critics said Wednesday.

    Written by Grant Gross26 May 11 04:39
  • Senator introduces electronic surveillance reform bill

    A new bill introduced in the U.S. Senate would update a 25-year-old law that sets the rules for law enforcement surveillance of e-mail and other electronic communications, with more legal protections for the privacy of data stored in the cloud.

    Written by Grant Gross18 May 11 06:40
  • White House releases new cyberspace strategy

    The US government will push for the protection of privacy and other fundamental freedoms in cyberspace and for other nations to support the free flow of information across the Internet, according to the nation's first comprehensive cyberspace strategy, released Monday.

    Written by Grant Gross17 May 11 06:50
  • White House releases trusted Internet ID plan

    The U.S. government will coordinate private-sector efforts to create trusted identification systems for the Internet, with the goal of giving consumers and businesses multiple options for authenticating identity online, according to a plan released by President Barack Obama's administration.

    Written by Grant Gross16 April 11 03:20
  • Trade, civil liberties groups urge cybersecurity incentives

    The U.S. government should look to incentives as a way to encourage businesses to adopt better cybersecurity practices, instead of creating mandates, recommends a new paper from four trade groups and a civil liberties group.

    Written by Grant Gross09 March 11 07:27
  • US bill would prohibit Internet 'kill switch'

    Three U.S. senators criticized for past legislation that would allow the president to potentially quarantine or shut down parts of the Internet during a major cyberattack have introduced a new bill that would put limits on that authority.

    Written by Grant Gross19 Feb. 11 05:38
  • The Internet kill switch that isn't

    A cybersecurity proposal in the U.S. Congress, called an "Internet kill switch" plan by some critics, isn't exactly what that sounds like.

    Written by Grant Gross04 Feb. 11 05:21
  • US official defends domain seizures for copyright violations

    The November seizures of more than 80 domain names by two U.S. government agencies were justified and necessary to project U.S. copyright holders, said the director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

    Written by Grant Gross19 Jan. 11 08:12