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Senator pushes new version of bill to limit NSA phone records collection

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy has introduced a new version of a bill to rein in the National Security Agency's bulk collection of U.S. phone records in an effort to strengthen legislation that passed the House of Representatives this year.

By Grant Gross | 30 July, 2014 03:46

Tags: U.S. Senate, New America Foundation, telecommunication, U.S. National Security Agency, Kevin Bankston, government, legislation, Computer and Communications Industry Association, privacy, Patrick Leahy, Ed Black, security

Majority of large ISPs now using monthly data caps, GAO says

U.S. broadband providers appear to be embracing monthly data caps, but customers are confused about the amount of data they use and broadband plan options, according to preliminary findings by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

By Grant Gross | 30 July, 2014 02:56

Tags: Mark Goldstein, U.S. Government Accountability Office., telecommunication, regulation, Anna Eshoo, government, broadband

US needs to restore trust following NSA revelations, tech groups say

The U.S government can take action to slow the calls in other countries to abandon U.S. tech vendors following revelations about widespread National Security Agency surveillance, some tech representatives said Friday.

By Grant Gross | 19 July, 2014 06:12

Tags: New America Foundation, telecommunication, U.S. National Security Agency, Kevin Bankston, Chris Hopfensperger, internet, Stewart Baker, government, privacy, BSA, Edward Snowden, security

New York's proposed Bitcoin rules include consumer protections

Companies trading in Bitcoin and other virtual currencies would be required to hold enough of the currencies to cover their debts to customers and would have to verify the identities of account holders as a protection against money laundering, under new regulations proposed by the New York State Department of Financial Services [DFS].

By Grant Gross | 18 July, 2014 03:47

Tags: Benjamin Lawsky, Internet-based applications and services, regulation, New York State Department of Financial Services, finance, internet, industry verticals, government

Senate passes bill allowing mobile phone owners to unlock devices

The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that would allow mobile phone customers to unlock their devices for the purposes of switching carriers.

By Grant Gross | 17 July, 2014 04:23

Tags: U.S. Senate, consumer electronics, smartphones, government, legislation, mobile, Patrick Leahy

Apple agrees to pay up to $400 million in e-books price-fixing case

Apple has reached a settlement in a long-standing case that accused the company of fixing the price on e-books, with the company paying up to US$400 million, depending on the outcome of its appeal in the case, a law firm has announced.

By Grant Gross | 17 July, 2014 03:03

Tags: U.S. Court of Appeals of the Second Circuit, U.S. Department of Justice, antitrust, Internet-based applications and services, Civil lawsuits, legal, internet, Apple, Steve Berman, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

US House approves permanent ban on Internet access taxes

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to permanently extend a ban on Internet access taxes that Congress has temporarily extended three times over the past 16 years.

By Grant Gross | 16 July, 2014 04:24

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, internet, government, legislation, Bob Goodlatte, John Conyers Jr., Internet service providers

FCC swamped with last-minute comments on net neutrality

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission's Web comments form crashed Tuesday morning in the hours before the agency's first deadline for submitting comments on its net neutrality proposal.

By Grant Gross | 16 July, 2014 00:42

Tags: Bernie Sanders, telecommunication, regulation, Al Franken, Kim Hart, Janet Jackson, Charles Schumer, internet, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Ed Markey, Internet service providers, Richard Bennett, American Enterprise Institute, Tom Wheeler, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, government, broadband

FCC approves plan to spend $1B a year on school Wi-Fi

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has voted to spend US$2 billion over the next two years on improving Wi-Fi networks at schools and libraries, despite questions from Republican commissioners about the source of those funds.

By Grant Gross | 12 July, 2014 04:46

Tags: Jon Wilkins, Networking, regulation, wireless, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, comcast, Michael O’Rielly, Ajit Pai, WLANs / Wi-Fi, David Cohen, government, Tom Wheeler

Amazon allowed kids to spend millions on in-app purchases, FTC says

Amazon.com has billed parents for millions of dollars' worth of unauthorized in-app purchases made by their children, the FTC said in a complaint filed Thursday in a U.S. court.

By Grant Gross | 11 July, 2014 03:27

Tags: Mobile games, U.S. Federal Trade Commission, amazon.com, regulation, legal, Civil lawsuits, games, government

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.

By Grant Gross | 11 July, 2014 02:13

Tags: consumer electronics, ctia, smartphones, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, government, legislation, mobile, Patrick Leahy

Groups call for details on NSA surveillance of Muslim Americans

More than 40 privacy, civil rights and religious groups have called on President Barack Obama's administration to provide a "full public accounting" of long-time email surveillance of prominent Muslims living in the U.S., following a news report detailing the spying by the U.S. National Security Agency and FBI.

By Grant Gross | 10 July, 2014 05:03

Tags: U.S. Department of Justice, Internet-based applications and services, free press, U.S. National Security Agency, Amnesty International, internet, U.S. Office of Director of National Intelligence, Barack Obama, Council on American-Islamic Relations, privacy, American Civil Liberties Union, Presbyterian Church U.S.A., security, Mail, fbi, government

Report: Snowden applies for extended asylum in Russia

U.S. National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden has applied for extended asylum in Russia, according to news reports.

By Grant Gross | 10 July, 2014 00:44

Tags: telecommunication, Edward Snowden, security, U.S. National Security Agency, internet, government, Anatoly Kucherena, privacy

Commissioners rip FCC's spendy school Wi-Fi plan

A proposal by U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler to pump billions of dollars into Wi-Fi deployment at schools and libraries has run into a snag, with the commission's two Republican suggesting the money will come from U.S. residents' pocketbooks.

By Grant Gross | 09 July, 2014 06:55

Tags: Michael O'Rielly, Tom Wheeler, Networking, regulation, wireless, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, WLANs / Wi-Fi, government

US open to discussion about German accused of being a double agent

U.S. officials are open to a discussion with their German counterparts after an employee with Germany's intelligence agency was arrested for allegedly acting as a double agent for the U.S.

By Grant Gross | 08 July, 2014 05:26

Tags: Jen Psaki, Bundesnachrichtendienst, Angela Merkel, security, U.S. National Security Agency, U.S. Department of State, government

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