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White House on NSA: Facebook Does It Too

March 3, 2014 The National Security Agency may be collecting data on millions of Americans, but the Obama administration wants you to know that lots of private companies do the same thing. "On Facebook, there are some 350 million photos uploaded and shared every day. On YouTube, 100 hours of video is uploaded...

AT&T Plans Phone Experiments in Two Towns

February 28, 2014 AT&T announced a plan Friday to upgrade its phone networks in two towns: Carbon Hill, Ala., and West Delray Beach, Fla. The company's eventual plan is to shut down its old copper phone networks in the towns and replace them with new voice technologies, such as its fiber broadband service...

NSA Wants to Expand Phone Database—Because of Privacy Suits

February 27, 2014 The Obama administration asked a federal surveillance court on Wednesday for permission to hold millions of phone records longer than the current five-year limit. The Justice Department argued that data needs to be maintained as evidence for the slew of privacy lawsuits filed in the wake of the Edward Snowden's...

Google Fears FCC's New Internet Powers

February 26, 2014 A recent court decision that endorsed a broad view of the Federal Communications Commission's authority over the Internet has Google and other Web companies nervous. In closed-door meetings with regulators and Capitol Hill staff, Google's lawyers have said they're worried how the FCC may use its newfound powers, according to...

Bill to Legalize Cell-Phone Unlocking Set for House Vote

February 25, 2014 The House was expected to vote on legislation Tuesday that would make it easier for people to switch cellular providers without buying a new phone. Under current law, people who "unlock" their phones to switch providers could face thousands of dollars in fines and—if they tried to profit from the...

FCC Tries to Help Emergency Responders Find 911 Cellphone Callers

February 20, 2014 The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to move ahead with a proposal to require cellphone carriers to provide more accurate information about the location of 911 calls. Telephone companies already have to inform 911 call centers about the location of landline callers, and there are also federal standards to ensure...

FCC Moves to Revive Net-Neutrality Rules

February 19, 2014 The Federal Communications Commission announced a plan Wednesday to enact new net-neutrality regulations aimed at ensuring that Internet service providers can't choke off access to websites such as Netflix, Google, and Skype. Supporters of net neutrality argue that the Internet should be an open platform where all sites are treated...

Obama-Appointed FTC Chairwoman Praises Snowden for Putting 'Spotlight' on Privacy

February 10, 2014 Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said Monday that the leaks by Edward Snowden about National Security Agency surveillance have led to a positive public discussion about privacy. "It's been a catalyst for very healthy debate for privacy generally," she said during a discussion at a technology conference at the...

Officials Seek Industry Input on How to Comply With Obama's NSA Reforms

February 10, 2014 The Obama administration is spitballing ideas for surveillance reform. President Obama has given his advisers a seemingly impossible challenge, and with the deadline fast approaching, they're now turning to the private sector for help. In a speech last month outlining changes to the controversial surveillance programs, Obama said he wants...

Obama Administration Wants Industry Input on Spying Reform

February 10, 2014 The Obama administration is spitballing ideas for surveillance reform President Obama has given his advisers a seemingly impossible challenge, and with the deadline fast approaching, they're now turning to the private sector for help. In a speech last month outlining changes to the controversial surveillance programs, Obama said he wants...