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A New Cybersecurity Bill Could Give the NSA Even More Data

June 27, 2014 Privacy groups are sounding the alarm that a new Senate cybersecurity bill could give the National Security Agency access to even more personal information of Americans. The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act would create a "gaping loophole in existing privacy law," the American Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Democracy and...

Tech Industry Nervous Others Will Suffer Aereo's Fate

June 26, 2014 The Supreme Court's decision against Internet video service Aereo could have reverberations throughout the technology industry. The majority of the Court tried to craft a narrow ruling that would kill the controversial streaming site without harming legitimate Internet services. Nevertheless, some technology companies are nervous that the decision could deter...

Teachers Give Failing Grade to Obama's Push for Tech in Schools

June 24, 2014 Teachers are unimpressed with the Obama administration's plan to upgrade technology in schools. Dennis Van Roekel, the president of the National Education Association, said he is "beyond frustrated" with a plan announced Friday by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler. "We feel the chairman is missing the opportunity to seize...

There’s No Such Thing as ‘NSA-Proof’ Encryption

June 17, 2014 The world's largest Internet companies and thousands of average Internet users are trying to hide their private information from government snooping. The goal is to set up technological barriers to the National Security Agency's sweeping surveillance programs. Rather than waiting for Congress to rein in the agency, many people want...

A Bill to Ban Internet 'Fast Lanes' Won't Pass. But Here's Why It Still Matters.

June 17, 2014 A Democratic bill to ban "fast lanes" on the Internet isn't going to become law. Republicans have long opposed net-neutrality regulations, and as long as they control the House, they'll block legislation that would restrict the business choices of Internet service providers. But the Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act,...

Sorry, You Can’t Really Escape the NSA

June 17, 2014 The world's largest Internet companies and thousands of average Internet users are trying to hide their private information from government snooping. The goal is to set up technological barriers to the National Security Agency's sweeping surveillance programs. Rather than waiting for Congress to rein in the agency, many people want...

Verizon Threatens to Sue Netflix Over Error Message

June 5, 2014 Verizon is threatening to sue Netflix over a message the video site is displaying to users when their videos stall and buffer. "The Verizon network is crowded right now," a message to one user read. "Adjusting video for smoother playback." Verizon is furious that it is being blamed for poor...

Judge Doubts NSA Program Is Constitutional—but Upholds It Anyway

June 4, 2014 A federal judge in Idaho upheld the NSA's controversial phone surveillance program Tuesday. But Judge B. Lynn Winmill seemed to invite the Supreme Court to overturn his decision. He suggested that the program, which collects data on millions of U.S. phone calls, likely violates the Fourth Amendment's prohibition of unreasonable...

NSA Chief Denies (Intentionally) Spying on Americans' Faces

June 3, 2014 The National Security Agency collects and analyzes images of people's faces as part of its vast surveillance operation, the agency's director confirmed Tuesday. But Adm. Mike Rogers insisted that the NSA doesn't intentionally target facial images of Americans. "We use facial recognition as a tool to help us understand these...

Feds Free Thousands of Computers From Hackers

June 2, 2014 The United States and other governments have cracked down on the group behind two of the world's worst computer viruses, officials announced Monday. Both schemes—the "Gameover Zeus Botnet" and the "Cryptolocker" virus—infected hundreds of thousands of computers and stole millions of dollars from victims around the world, the officials said....