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EU Court Ruling: NSA Spying Violates Privacy Rights of Millions

October 6, 2015 The in­ter­na­tion­al fal­lout over Ed­ward Snowden’s leaks about U.S. sur­veil­lance op­er­a­tions con­tin­ued Tues­day, as the top European court ruled that the Na­tion­al Se­cur­ity Agency is vi­ol­at­ing the pri­vacy rights of mil­lions of Europeans. Al­though the de­cision by the European Court of Justice is likely to do little to ac­tu­ally curb...

Can the U.S. Trust China to Stop Stealing Business Secrets?

September 27, 2015 The U.S. and China agreed Fri­day not to hack in­to com­pan­ies to steal their sens­it­ive trade secrets. But even Pres­id­ent Obama, who an­nounced the deal at the White House with Chinese Pres­id­ent Xi Jin­ping, seemed to ques­tion wheth­er China will stick to its word. “The ques­tion now is, are words...

Can the U.S. Trust China to Stop Stealing Business Secrets?

September 25, 2015 The U.S. and China agreed Fri­day not to hack in­to com­pan­ies to steal their sens­it­ive trade secrets. But even Pres­id­ent Obama, who an­nounced the deal at the White House with Chinese Pres­id­ent Xi Jin­ping, seemed to ques­tion wheth­er China will stick to its word. “The ques­tion now is, are words...

Why Police and Firefighters Still Can’t Talk to Each Other

September 22, 2015 On September 11, 2001, just a few minutes after the South Tower of the World Trade Cen­ter col­lapsed, a po­lice heli­copter pi­lot circ­ling the re­main­ing tower re­por­ted that the top 15 floors were “glow­ing red” and said he be­lieved the build­ing would soon im­plode. Four minutes later, an­oth­er heli­copter pi­lot...

Senators Drop Bid to Force Facebook, Twitter to Report 'Terrorist Activity'

September 22, 2015 The Sen­ate has aban­doned a con­tro­ver­sial pro­vi­sion that would have forced so­cial me­dia sites such as Face­book and Twit­ter to re­port any “ter­ror­ist activ­ity” to gov­ern­ment au­thor­it­ies. Ter­ror­ist groups such as IS­IS have in­creas­ingly turned to so­cial me­dia to push out their mes­sage and gain re­cruits. But the lead­ers of...

Consumers Rant to FCC about Net Neutrality

July 30, 2015 In just the first month that net-neutrality regulations have been in effect, consumers have filed about 2,000 complaints to the Federal Communications Commission against Comcast, AT&T, and other Internet service providers, according to records obtained by National Journal. And the depth of consumer outrage over unreliable Internet service and high...

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Feds: App Secretly Hijacked Phones to Mine Digital Money

June 29, 2015 A smartphone app secretly hijacked its users' devices to mine for digital currencies for its developer, federal and state regulators alleged Monday. The process drained batteries and used up mobile data, potentially causing users to incur fees by going over their monthly data limits, the Federal Trade Commission and the...

Feds: App Secretly Hijacked Phones to Mine Digital Money

June 29, 2015 A smartphone app secretly hijacked its users' devices to mine for digital currencies for its developer, federal and state regulators alleged Monday. The process drained batteries and used up mobile data, potentially causing users to incur fees by going over their monthly data limits, the Federal Trade Commission and the...

Feds Urged to Investigate Uber’s Plan to Track Users

June 22, 2015 A privacy advocacy group is urging federal regulators to investigate Uber's planned changes to its privacy policy. The new policy, set to take effect on July 15, would give the ride-hailing service access to users' address books and allow the company to collect location data even when the app is...

FCC Moves to Subsidize Internet as Republicans Warn of 'Tax' Hike

June 19, 2015 The Federal Communications Commission moved forward Thursday with an ambitious plan that could help millions of low-income Americans get online. The agency proposed overhauling its Lifeline program, which currently covers only phone service, to subsidize high-speed Internet access. The proposal is a recognition of how critical the Internet is now...