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FCC Wants to Make It Easier to Block Annoying Robocalls

May 27, 2015 The Federal Communications Commission plans to take steps to combat robocalls and spam text messages that have long irked consumers. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler unveiled a proposal Wednesday that would make it easier for consumers to demand that telemarketers stop contacting them. Under the proposal, consumers could withdraw their consent...

NSA Starts to Shut Down Mass-Spying Program

May 26, 2015 Senators will return to Washington next Sunday for a last-minute, last-ditch effort to reach an agreement on the National Security Agency's bulk surveillance, but the Obama administration says it's already shutting the program down. "We've said for the past several days that the wind-down process would need to begin yesterday...

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National Security Agency Starts to Shut Down Mass-Spying Program

May 26, 2015 Senators will return to Washington next Sunday for a last-minute, last-ditch effort to reach an agreement on the National Security Agency's bulk surveillance, but the Obama administration says it's already shutting the program down. "We've said for the past several days that the wind-down process would need to begin yesterday...

FCC Prepares to Become the Internet's Privacy Cop

May 22, 2015 The Federal Communications Commission is warning Internet providers to get in line as it prepares to enforce new privacy regulations. The agency issued an "enforcement advisory" Wednesday, outlining for the first time how it plans to decide whether to crack down on a company for violating its customers' privacy. But...

FBI Director Blasts Tech Companies Fighting for Encryption

May 20, 2015 FBI Director James Comey fired back on Wednesday at Silicon Valley companies that are calling for stronger encryption of their products. "Some prominent folks wrote a letter to the president yesterday that I frankly found depressing," Comey said in a discussion at Georgetown University Law Center, referring to a letter...

NSA Spying Heads to Critical Senate Showdown

May 14, 2015 The House overwhelmingly approved legislation Wednesday to end the National Security Agency's mass-spying program, setting up a high-stakes showdown next week in the Senate. Key provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire June 1, and because of a scheduled recess, Congress has only until May 22 to reach...

NSA Spying Heads to Critical Senate Showdown

May 14, 2015 The House overwhelmingly approved legislation Wednesday to end the National Security Agency's mass-spying program, setting up a high-stakes showdown next week in the Senate. Key provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire June 1, and because of a scheduled recess, Congress has only until May 22 to reach...

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NSA Spying Heads to Critical Senate Showdown

May 14, 2015 The House overwhelmingly approved legislation Wednesday to end the National Security Agency's mass-spying program, setting up a high-stakes showdown next week in the Senate. Key provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire June 1, and because of a scheduled recess, Congress has only until May 22 to reach...

Telecom, Cable Industries File Emergency Motion to Kill Net Neutrality

May 14, 2015 All of the major telecom and cable industry groups filed an emergency motion Wednesday, asking a federal court to block net neutrality regulations. The rules, which the Federal Communications Commission approved in February, threaten billions of dollars in investments with unjustified, utility-style regulations, the groups wrote in their filing to...

Verizon's AOL Deal Could Lead to New Privacy Problems

May 13, 2015 Verizon's $4.4 billion purchase of AOL isn't really about obtaining The Huffington Post or AOL's 2.2 million dial-up subscribers. It's about advertising. Industry analysts think the company's goal is to use AOL's technology to deliver more finely targeted video ads. That fits with AOL's recent direction under CEO Tim Armstrong,...