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Brendan Sasso

Brendan Sasso
Brendan Sasso is a technology correspondent for National Journal. He previously covered technology policy issues for The Hill and was a researcher and contributing writer for the 2012 edition of the Almanac of American Politics. He grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from Claremont McKenna College.
CIO Briefing

Obama Administration’s Encryption Views Are All Over the Map

Some government officials are focused on catching criminals, while others worry about empowering hackers.

Data

Frustrated by Congress, Privacy Advocates Shift Fight to the States

State lawmakers recently announced bills to limit police surveillance and protect the privacy of students and employees.

Data

This Court Case Could be a Major Blow to FTC’s Data Security Efforts

Most companies facing a lawsuit from the Fed­er­al Trade Com­mis­sion try to settle as quickly as pos­sible. But not Michael Daugherty.

Cybersecurity

Privacy Groups Blast Cyber-Sharing Included in Omnibus Spending Bill

Congress is about to take its biggest step yet to bolster cybersecurity, but many fear it could expand surveillance.

CIO Briefing

Ted Cruz Is Right: NSA Reform Bill Allows More Spying

With terrorism fears running high, Cruz and Rubio traded shots over government surveillance.

CIO Briefing

Feds Will Require $5 Registration Fee for Drones

Drone companies are expecting big sales for the holidays, but the government just gave them a lump of coal.

CIO Briefing

FBI Chief Admits It’s Impossible to Ban All Encryption

The government can at least make it harder to hide from surveillance, James Comey says.

CIO Briefing

House Homeland Security Chairman Wants Commission to Study Encryption

Law­makers are scram­bling to find a way to en­sure the gov­ern­ment can spy on ter­ror­ist com­mu­nic­a­tions.

CIO Briefing

3 Key Questions about the Upcoming Net Neutrality Court Fight

The case could have far-reaching implications for the future of the Internet.

CIO Briefing

Why Is the Wildly Popular Email Privacy Act Still Stuck in Congress?

More than 300 House mem­bers—a ma­jor­ity of the body—have signed on as co­spon­sors.

CIO Briefing

Is Congress All Bark and No Bite on Encryption?

Even critics of the tech industry aren’t quite sure how to guarantee government access to terrorist communications.

Emerging Tech

Senate Committee Votes to Protect Right to Post Negative Yelp Reviews

The Consumer Review Freedom Act would bar contracts that gag consumers from leaving negative online reviews.

CIO Briefing

Senators Investigate Role of Encryption in Paris Attacks

Lawmakers want to know whether encryption allowed the attackers to keep their communications covert.

IT Modernization

Does T-Mobile’s Free Video Plan Violate Net Neutrality?

T-Mobile will let customers watch Netflix without burning through their data plans.

Cybersecurity

Feds: House Bill Could Make Cars More Vulnerable to Hackers

Republicans want to boost the security and privacy of connected cars, but regulators say their bill would backfire.

Data

FCC’s Plan to Regulate Online Streaming Faces Backlash

A top House Democrat opposes the agency’s plan to treat streaming video like cable television.

Emerging Tech

Drone Company Faces $1.9 Million Fine for Unsanctioned Flights

The FAA has proposed its largest ever fine of a company for unauthorized drone flights.

CIO Briefing

NSA Spying Violates Privacy Rights, EU Court Rules

By throwing out a key international agreement, the ruling delivers a blow to global tech companies.

CIO Briefing

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

Obama threatened sanctions, but proving responsibility for a cyberattack will be difficult.

CIO Briefing

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

Ron Wyden was blocking a vote on an intelligence bill over the controversial provision.