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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 delays vote on NSA phone records dragnet

    A controversial program allowing the U.S. National Security Agency to collect millions of domestic telephone records expired Sunday night after the Senate failed to vote on a bill to extend the authority for the surveillance.

    Written by Grant Gross01 June 15 11:48
  • 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 senators stall vote to extend NSA phone records dragnet

    Four U.S. senators ground the chamber's business to a halt Wednesday in an effort to prevent lawmakers from voting on a bill to extend portions of the Patriot Act used to collect telephone and business records from the country's residents.

    Written by Grant Gross21 May 15 07:09
  • Critics blast US NSA phone records bill as 'fake reform'

    A lopsided vote in the U.S. House of Representatives this week to rein in the National Security Agency's domestic telephone records dragnet won muted praise, with many supporters calling on Congress to take stronger action.

    Written by Grant Gross15 May 15 06:09
  • Senate panel secretly approves cyberthreat sharing bill

    A U.S. Senate committee has voted in secret to approve a controversial bill that seeks to encourage businesses to share information about cyberthreats with each other and with government agencies.

    Written by Grant Gross13 March 15 13:28
  • 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
  • FBI director calls for greater police access to communications

    Apple and Google should reconsider their plans to enable encryption by default on their smartphones, and the U.S. Congress should pass a law requiring that all communication tools allow police access to user data, U.S. FBI Director James Comey said.

    Written by Grant Gross17 Oct. 14 04:02
  • FBI, CIA can query US communications collected by NSA

    The FBI and CIA can also query the content of U.S. residents' electronic communications that the National Security Agency inadvertently collects when targeting foreign terrorism suspects, an intelligence official said.

    Written by Grant Gross02 July 14 06:31
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