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  • Kerry, McCain introduced online privacy bill

    Two high-profile U.S. senators have introduced legislation designed to give consumers more control over what information about them is collected online, but privacy advocates said the bill will do little to curb wide-spread data-collection practices now in place.

    Written by Grant Gross13 April 11 06:04
  • Lawmakers target 'wasteful' IT spending in gov't

    The U.S. government needs to provide more transparency about its IT projects, and agency CIOs must be held accountable for failed projects, a U.S. senator said.

    Written by Grant Gross13 April 11 05:06
  • House votes to strike down FCC net neutrality rules

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday voted to kill network neutrality rules approved by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in December, with majority Republicans arguing the regulations amounted to a government takeover of the Internet.

    Written by Grant Gross09 April 11 06:46
  • Lawmakers question if search engines contribute to piracy

    Search engines should stop showing results for websites that infringe copyright and sell counterfeit products, or be held accountable, some U.S. lawmakers and witnesses said Wednesday during a hearing on digital piracy.

    Written by Grant Gross07 April 11 06:56
  • Senators: E-surveillance law needs to be updated

    The U.S. Congress needs to rewrite a law governing law enforcement access to mobile-phone data, e-mail messages and other electronic communications to reflect changes in technology, including a growing reliance on cloud computing, several senators said Wednesday.

    Written by Grant Gross07 April 11 04:46
  • California lawmaker touts do-not-track bill

    A state senator in California has introduced a bill that would allow Web surfers to opt out of online tracking efforts by websites and advertising networks.

    Written by Grant Gross05 April 11 07:20
  • Group protests proposed cuts in e-gov't transparency efforts

    A U.S. government budget for 2011 being considered in Congress would make huge cuts to the budget for President Barack Obama's transparency programs, including websites where residents can track government spending and examine data from federal agencies.

    Written by Grant Gross30 March 11 04:40
  • Antitrust subcommittee to investigate search, broadband

    A U.S. Senate subcommittee focused on antitrust and consumer-protection issues will investigate competition in the search-engine and broadband markets over the next two years, the subcommittee chairman announced.

    Written by Grant Gross12 March 11 06:20
  • Senators question how WikiLeaks breach happened

    U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning allegedly was able to copy hundreds of thousands of classified documents from a U.S. Department of Defense network because military officials were more focused on getting critical information to troops quickly than on security, witnesses told a U.S. Senate committee Thursday.

    Written by Grant Gross11 March 11 09:56
  • House subcommittee votes to kill net neutrality

    A U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee has voted in favor of a resolution to throw out the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's recently adopted net neutrality rules.

    Written by Grant Gross10 March 11 09:55
  • Trade group: Do-not-track bill is 'awful'

    A bill that would direct the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to create a mechanism to allow consumers to opt out of online tracking efforts tops a list of proposals that would be bad for the Internet, according to e-commerce trade group NetChoice.

    Written by Grant Gross10 March 11 07:07
  • 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