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AT&T Faces $100 Million Fine in FCC's First-Ever Net-Neutrality Case

June 18, 2015 The Federal Communications Commission plans to fine AT&T $100 million in the agency's first-ever attempt to enforce net-neutrality rules. AT&T misled consumers by limiting "unlimited" data plans, the FCC claimed Wednesday. Under AT&T's "Maximum Bit Rate" policy, it reduces the data speeds of customers paying for unlimited data plans after...

Privacy Groups Boycott Administration's Facial Recognition Talks

June 16, 2015 The Obama administration's push to restrict the commercial use of facial recognition technology suffered a severe setback Tuesday when privacy groups walked away in protest. The groups said in a statement that they saw no reason to continue the talks organized by the Commerce Department because the tech industry refused...

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Groups Boycott Administration's Facial Recognition Talk

June 16, 2015 The Obama administration's push to restrict the commercial use of facial recognition technology suffered a severe setback Tuesday when privacy groups walked away in protest. The groups said in a statement that they saw no reason to continue the talks organized by the Commerce Department because the tech industry refused...

Does NSA Spying Leave the US Without Moral High Ground in China Hack?

June 15, 2015 All signs point to China being responsible for one of the worst hacks in U.S. history, exposing sensitive records of millions of federal employees. But the U.S. is an awkward position in deciding how to respond to the humiliating blow. That's partially because in the two years since Edward Snowden's...

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Experts: NSA Spying May Leave the U.S. Without Moral High Ground in OPM Hack

June 15, 2015 All signs point to China being responsible for one of the worst hacks in U.S. history, exposing sensitive records of millions of federal employees. But the U.S. is an awkward position in deciding how to respond to the humiliating blow. That's partially because in the two years since Edward Snowden's...

NSA Fight Isn't Over Yet; House Votes to Defund 'Backdoor' Spying

June 12, 2015 Congress isn't done trying to limit the National Security Agency's powers. Just a week after Congress passed the USA Freedom Act to overhaul the NSA's phone records program, the House approved a measure Thursday to defund two "backdoor" spying programs. Lawmakers attached the provision to a Defense appropriations bill in...

US Will Delay Plan to Give Up Internet Powers

June 10, 2015 The U.S. government will likely keep control over important Internet management powers until next year. That's because the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, the nonprofit group that manages the Internet's address system, won't be ready to run independently from the U.S. government on time, the group's...

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Members of Congress Look to Probe FBI’s Use of Spy Planes

June 5, 2015 Members of Congress are demanding that the FBI turn over more information about its use of airplanes to conduct surveillance of Americans. The FBI is using at least 50 planes to conduct surveillance operations over U.S. cities and rural areas, the Associated Press reported earlier this week. The planes, registered...

Lawmakers Probe FBI’s ‘Disturbing’ Use of Spy Planes

June 4, 2015 Members of Congress are demanding that the FBI turn over more information about its use of airplanes to conduct surveillance of Americans. The FBI is using at least 50 planes to conduct surveillance operations over U.S. cities and rural areas, the Associated Press reported earlier this week. The planes, registered...

Telecom Law Overhaul Hit by 'Atomic Bomb' of Net Neutrality

June 4, 2015 Congressional Republicans are beginning to acknowledge that their ambitious dream of overhauling the nation's core communications law is unlikely to be realized anytime soon. And the culprit, they say, is net neutrality. "Net neutrality certainly was a mini-atomic bomb in the middle of it," said Rep. Greg Walden, an Oregon...