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Obama and Lawmakers Plan to End Mass Surveillance

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, will unveil their End...

Netflix Wants to Expand Federal Rules on Internet Speeds

March 21, 2014 Netflix is calling for new federal regulations to ensure it doesn't have to pay extra fees to deliver high-quality video streams to its customers. In a blog post Thursday, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings warned that without government intervention, negotiations between Web services and Internet providers over connection deals could result...

Obama Administration Denies 'Abandoning the Internet'

March 19, 2014 A top Commerce Department official pushed back Wednesday against concerns that the Obama administration is opening the door to an Internet takeover by Russia, China, and other authoritarian regimes. The fears stem from the Commerce Department's announcement last Friday that it plans to give the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names...

Target Could Face Federal Charges for Failing to Protect Customer Data From Hackers

March 19, 2014 Target could face federal charges for failing to protect its customers' data from hackers. The retailer has been in contact with the Federal Trade Commission, Molly Snyder, a Target spokeswoman, told National Journal. It's unclear whether the FTC has issued any subpoenas or other formal demands for information. The FTC...

U.S. Government to Give Up Key Internet Powers

March 17, 2014 Facing international pressure, the U.S. government has agreed to give up control over important technical aspects of the Internet. The Commerce Department will no longer oversee the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers, a nonprofit group that manages the Internet's address system. Larry Strickling, the assistant secretary of Commerce...

Key NSA Defender Wants to End Bulk Data Collection

March 13, 2014 One of the top supporters of the National Security Agency is now calling for an end to the agency's controversial practice of collecting data on millions of U.S. phone calls. Under the proposal from Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, the phone companies, not the...

Senator Wants to Save the World From 'www.you.suck'

March 13, 2014 It's a joke that would be funny only to a sixth-grader. But a top Democratic senator has real concerns over the possibility that website addresses ending in ".sucks" may be used to mock people or organizations. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller said Wednesday that a Web domain like .sucks...

NSA Nominee Confirms Ukraine Is Under Cyberattack

March 12, 2014 A top U.S. military official said Tuesday he believes hackers are attacking Ukrainian computer and communications networks—but he declined to point the finger at Russia. "In an open unclassified forum, I'm not prepared to comment on the specifics of nation-state behavior," Vice Adm. Michael Rogers told the Senate Armed Services...

CIA Accused of Spying on Senate Intelligence Committee

March 6, 2014 The Central Intelligence Agency is under investigation for allegedly spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee, panel Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein confirmed Wednesday. The CIA is prohibited from spying on Americans, and spying on members of Congress and their staff would raise particular concerns about the separation of powers. Congress created the...

CIA Accused of Hacking Senate Staffer Computers

March 5, 2014 The Central Intelligence Agency is under investigation for allegedly spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee, panel Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein confirmed Wednesday. The CIA is prohibited from spying on Americans, and spying on members of Congress and their staff would raise particular concerns about the separation of powers. Congress created the...