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Court Upholds FTC's Power to Sue Hacked Companies

April 8, 2014 The Federal Trade Commission has the power to sue companies that fail to protect their customers' data, a federal court in New Jersey said Monday. The ruling shoots down a challenge from Wyndham Hotels, which argued that the FTC overstepped its authority with a 2012 lawsuit against the global hotel...

Republicans Fear Obama Will Let Russia Seize Internet Power

April 3, 2014 An Obama administration plan to give up oversight of certain technical Internet functions could open the door to a takeover by authoritarian regimes, Republican lawmakers claimed Wednesday. If Russia or China gain new influence over the management of the Internet, they could begin censoring content or blocking websites, the Republicans...

Netflix's Net-Neutrality Plea Gets Rejected by the FCC

April 2, 2014 The Federal Communications Commission has no plans to expand its net-neutrality rules to ensure that services like Netflix can connect to Internet providers' networks for free. But the agency is eyeing other avenues to regulate special deals between websites and Internet providers—an area of concern for consumer groups after Netflix...

How the NSA Used a 'Loophole' to Spy on Americans

April 2, 2014 The Obama administration's top intelligence official has confirmed that the National Security Agency intentionally spied on the communications of Americans under a law intended to apply only to foreigners. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper confirmed the surveillance in a letter responding to questioning from Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon...

Wi-Fi Is About to Get Faster

March 31, 2014 It will soon be easier to stream videos and browse the Web on Wi-Fi networks. The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously on Monday to set aside more airwaves for unlicensed services like Wi-Fi, a move that will ease congestion and boost speeds for smartphones and laptops. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler...

Microsoft Promises to Stop Reading Your Emails

March 31, 2014 Microsoft is in full damage-control mode after it sparked a public backlash by snooping on the emails of a blogger. The company said Friday that it will no longer go through the emails of users who are suspected of stealing physical or intellectual property from Microsoft. Instead, the company will...

Feds: Fandango Customers Were Vulnerable to Hackers, Identity Theft

March 28, 2014 If you bought movie tickets between 2009 and 2013 on Fandango's mobile app, your credit card information may have been an easy target for hackers. Fandango settled a lawsuit with the Federal Trade Commission on Friday over charges that it failed to take basic steps to protect user data on...

Boehner Supports End to NSA Mass Surveillance

March 26, 2014 House Speaker John Boehner indicated Wednesday that he plans to allow a vote on legislation that would end the National Security Agency's controversial practice of collecting records on millions of U.S. phone calls. "The bill represents the start of a bipartisan conversation about how we maintain our capabilities to thwart...

Why Obama and His NSA Defenders Changed Their Minds

March 26, 2014 It was only months ago that President Obama, with bipartisan backing from the heads of Congress's Intelligence committees, was insisting that the National Security Agency's mass surveillance program was key to keeping Americans safe from the next major terrorist attack. They were also dismissing privacy concerns, saying the program was...

Lawmakers, Obama Want to End NSA’s Bulk Data Collection

March 25, 2014 Some of the fiercest defenders of the National Security Agency now want to end the agency's controversial practice of collecting records on millions of U.S. phone calls. Rep. Mike Rogers, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, the panel's top Democrat, unveiled their legislation on...