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  • US Senate passes bill to rein in NSA phone dragnet

    The U.S. Senate has passed legislation intended to rein in the National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic telephone records, sending the bill to President Barack Obama for his signature.

    Written by Grant Gross03 June 15 07:08
  • Senate to return early to debate phone dragnet

    The U.S. Senate will return early from a week-long recess in a last-ditch effort to extend provisions of the Patriot Act that the National Security Agency have used to collect millions of domestic telephone records over the past nine years.

    Written by Grant Gross28 May 15 01:59
  • 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
  • Democrats' bill would ban paid prioritization by ISPs

    Democrats in the U.S. Congress have wasted no time in resurrecting a debate over net neutrality rules, with lawmakers introducing a bill that would ban paid traffic priority agreements between broadband providers and Web content producers.

    Written by Grant Gross08 Jan. 15 04:32
  • US Senate fails to move forward on NSA reform bill

    The U.S. Senate has voted against a bill that would rein in the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone records within the country, possibly killing any NSA reforms until next year.

    Written by Grant Gross19 Nov. 14 12:15
  • DOJ, intelligence official support bill ending bulk phone collection

    Two top officials in U.S. President Barack Obama's administration, including the director of national intelligence, have voiced support for a Senate bill that would end the U.S. National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic telephone records.

    Written by Grant Gross04 Sept. 14 23:48
  • Senate committee approves mobile phone unlocking bill

    The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to approve legislation that would allow mobile phone owners to unlock their devices for the purposes of switching carriers.

    Written by Grant Gross11 July 14 02:13
  • Groups pressure US lawmakers with NSA surveillance scorecard

    U.S. lawmakers got a report card on Friday: they've been graded by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and other groups on whether they are effectively reining in the National Security Agency's surveillance programs.

    Written by Grant Gross28 June 14 04:37
  • Senator scraps legislation targeting patent trolls

    Legislation aimed at curbing so-called patent trolls may be dead until 2015 after the chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee pulled the bill off the committee's agenda, citing a lack of consensus.

    Written by Grant Gross22 May 14 04:28
  • More than 4,000 groups sign up to protest NSA

    More than 4,000 groups and websites have signed on to support a day of protest against U.S. National Security Agency surveillance programs, scheduled for Tuesday.

    Written by Grant Gross06 Feb. 14 17:29
  • Senator pushes for an end to NSA phone records program

    Senator Patrick Leahy questioned how the Constitution allows the National Security Agency's bulk collection of U.S. telephone records and repeated his calls for President Barack Obama's administration to end the program during a hearing Wednesday.

    Written by Grant Gross29 Jan. 14 19:42
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