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Twitter Breaks Rank, Threatens to Fight NSA Gag Orders

February 6, 2014 Twitter threatened to launch a legal battle with the Obama administration on Thursday over gag orders that prevent it from disclosing information about surveillance of its users. The statement puts Twitter at odds with other technology giants including Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Facebook, who all struck a deal with the...

Long-Shot Net-Neutrality Bill Introduced

February 3, 2014 House and Senate Democrats introduced legislation Monday aimed at restoring federal net-neutrality regulations, which require Internet providers to treat all websites equally. But the bill has little hope of becoming law. Republicans are almost entirely united in opposition to the Internet rules, meaning the bill is unlikely to ever receive...

How Will the Government Regulate the Phones of the Future?

January 30, 2014 In a few years, the telephone may be as out of date as the telegraph. Instead, all calls will go over high-speed Internet networks. But phone companies are subject to a slew of government regulations intended to ensure reliability, promote competition, and expand access. Which of those regulations should apply...

Why Companies Want Congress To Tell Them What To Do After Data Breaches

January 23, 2014 It's the kind of top-down, one-size-fits-all, heavy-handed regulation that corporate America despises. The exact type of mandate that businesses pay lobby shops millions to tweak and twist into oblivion. Except this time, America's big-box stores are begging Congress to boss them around. Reeling from high-profile privacy fumbles at Target and...

NSA Phone Program Is Illegal, Federal Privacy Board Says

January 23, 2014 The National Security Agency's program collecting records on virtually all U.S. phone calls violates the law, according to a government privacy board. In a 238-page report set to be released on Thursday and obtained by National Journal, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board calls for the end of the...

Phone Companies Worry They'll Be Required to Store Customer Data for NSA

January 21, 2014 Privacy advocates are cautiously optimistic about a number of reforms that President Obama promised to make to the National Security Agency on Friday. But Obama punted on one critical issue that has privacy groups and the telecom industry worried: Will the government require phone companies to maintain vast databases of...

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Obama: NSA Reforms Should Give Americans 'Greater Confidence'

January 17, 2014 In a bid to calm growing privacy concerns about the government's spying powers, President Obama outlined a series of steps Friday aimed at ushering in "concrete and substantial" reforms to the National Security Agency. "Americans recognized that we had to adapt to a world in which a bomb could be...

Obama's Plan to Rein In NSA Phone Sweeps

January 17, 2014 President Obama will outline a plan Friday to limit the National Security Agency program that collects records on virtually all phone calls within the United States. A senior administration official told National Journal that Obama will announce an end to the program "as it currently exists." The NSA's bulk collection...

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Obama Plan Would Limit NSA Phone Sweeps

January 17, 2014 President Obama will outline a plan Friday to limit the National Security Agency program that collects records on virtually all phone calls within the United States. A senior administration official told National Journal that Obama will announce an end to the program "as it currently exists." The NSA's bulk collection...

Court Strikes Down Net Neutrality

January 14, 2014 A federal court on Tuesday overturned the Federal Communications Commission's network-neutrality regulations, dealing a blow to the Obama administration's effort to ensure the openness of the Internet. The rules were a campaign promise from Obama in 2008 and were the signature achievement of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, who stepped down...