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  • Lawmakers worry US OPM breaches endanger national security

    Two recently disclosed data breaches at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) could endanger national security and the lives of federal workers in intelligence or other sensitive jobs, according to some lawmakers.

    Written by Grant Gross17 June 15 05:03
  • Lawmakers criticize FBI's request for encryption back doors

    U.S. lawmakers are skeptical of an FBI request for Congress to mandate encryption workarounds in smartphones, with critics saying Wednesday that back doors would create new vulnerabilities that bad guys can exploit.

    Written by Grant Gross30 April 15 07:02
  • Lawmakers grill FCC's Wheeler about Obama influence on net neutrality

    Republican lawmakers repeatedly accused the U.S. Federal Communications Commission of being improperly influenced by President Barack Obama during the agency's recent net neutrality proceeding, but lawmakers failed to produce solid evidence during a hearing Tuesday.

    Written by Grant Gross18 March 15 05:59
  • US lawmakers to Europe: Don't break up Google

    U.S. lawmakers want their counterparts in the European Parliament to back away from a resolution that would split up Google by separating search engines from other online services.

    Written by Grant Gross27 Nov. 14 02:59
  • New patent reform bill targets so-called trolls

    New patent reform legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday aims to make it more difficult for so-called patent trolls to file infringement lawsuits.

    Written by Grant Gross23 Oct. 13 18:55
  • Bills would require police to get warrants for mobile phone location

    A group of U.S. lawmakers has introduced legislation that would require law enforcement agencies to get court-ordered search warrants before obtaining a suspect's mobile phone location or GPS data, instead of using prosecution-issued subpoenas.

    Written by Grant Gross21 March 13 18:23
  • Tech companies tell Congress to target patent trolls

    The U.S. Congress needs to shut down so-called patent trolls whose infringement lawsuits are diverting company resources from hiring and research, a group of technology companies told lawmakers Thursday.

    Written by Grant Gross14 March 13 20:37
  • New bill would require loser to pay in some patent lawsuits

    Two U.S. lawmakers have introduced legislation that would require a losing plaintiff to pay legal costs in many patent infringement lawsuits, in an effort to discourage so-called patent trolls from filing court cases.

    Written by Grant Gross27 Feb. 13 21:23
  • House committee postpones action on SOPA

    The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has postponed further debate on the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) until after Congress' holiday break.

    Written by Grant Gross17 Dec. 11 06:43
  • House committee appears headed toward approving SOPA

    The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee slowly moved toward approval of the controversial copyright enforcement bill Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), although the panel was able to debate only a handful of amendments Thursday.

    Written by Grant Gross16 Dec. 11 11:38
  • Republicans call for voluntary cybersecurity incentives

    The U.S. Congress should focus on voluntary incentives, instead of new regulations, as a way to encourage companies to improve their cybersecurity efforts, although some changes in current laws are needed, a group of Republican lawmakers said in a report released Wednesday.

    Written by Grant Gross06 Oct. 11 07:24
  • ACLU wants details on mobile tracking by police

    Affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in 31 states have filed 379 information requests, demanding that state and local law enforcement agencies tell how they use location information from mobile phones to track U.S. residents.

    Written by Grant Gross04 Aug. 11 05:51
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