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  • 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
  • Third mobile-phone-unlocking bill introduced

    Momentum is growing in the U.S. Congress to overturn a U.S. Library of Congress ruling that took mobile phone unlocking out of the legal exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

    Written by Grant Gross12 March 13 19:30
  • 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
  • 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
  • After WCIT, US lawmakers look for ways to advance Internet freedom

    Countries pushing for international regulation of the Internet through the U.N. International Telecommunication Union will not quit after a partial victory at an ITU meeting in December, some Internet government experts told U.S. lawmakers.

    Written by Grant Gross05 Feb. 13 19:53
  • US lawmaker: Mobile users should be able to delete data

    A U.S. lawmaker has proposed legislation that would allow mobile phone users to ask apps to stop collecting their personal data and to delete information collected in the past.

    Written by Grant Gross17 Jan. 13 21:51
  • Paychecks, .xxx, and domain name woes highlight House hearing

    WASHINGTON -- The best part of Wednesday's U.S. House of Representatives hearing on domain names may have happened when Anjali Hansen, an attorney for the Council of Better Business Bureaus, spoke. You could hear the frustration in her voice.

    Written by Patrick Thibodeau15 Dec. 11 13:13
  • Lawmakers propose alternative to Stop Online Piracy Act

    A group of U.S. lawmakers has proposed an alternative to the controversial copyright enforcement legislation, the Stop Online Piracy Act, with the draft proposal giving the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) the authority to investigate complaints about copyright infringement on foreign websites.

    Written by Grant Gross03 Dec. 11 07:18
  • Skills-based visa change helps some, hurts others

    The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bill that will help workers from India, in particular, and China get employment-based green cards over the next few years.

    Written by Patrick Thibodeau01 Dec. 11 09:47
  • Net neutrality is too regulatory, but Stop Online Piracy isn't?

    Several Republicans in the U.S. Congress who voted this year to overturn net neutrality rules -- with most opponents arguing the rules would create the first-ever regulation of the Internet -- have now signed on to sponsor one of two bills that would allow the U.S. Department of Justice to seek court orders to shut down websites accused of infringing copyright.

    Written by Grant Gross23 Nov. 11 04:15
  • Google, Yahoo join opposition to rogue website legislation

    Google, Yahoo, Facebook and several other large Web companies today joined a growing chorus of strong opposition to proposed legislation that aims to curb online IP and copyright theft by foreign sites.

    Written by Jaikumar Vijayan16 Nov. 11 06:54