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Verizon's AOL Deal Could Lead to New Privacy Problems

May 13, 2015 Verizon's $4.4 billion purchase of AOL isn't really about obtaining The Huffington Post or AOL's 2.2 million dial-up subscribers. It's about advertising. Industry analysts think the company's goal is to use AOL's technology to deliver more finely targeted video ads. That fits with AOL's recent direction under CEO Tim Armstrong,...

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NSA Officials Lobby Senators as Patriot Act Nears Deadline

May 13, 2015 Top intelligence officials met with senators Tuesday in a classified briefing as key surveillance provisions of the Patriot Act edge closer to expiring. Senators declined to provide any details as they left the secure briefing room in the U.S. Capitol. FBI Director James Comey also refused to answer any questions...

The 'Privacy Coalition' That Wants to Trim Data Regulations for Telecom Giants

May 12, 2015 The "21st Century Privacy Coalition" might sound like the name of a group fighting for stronger privacy protections in the Internet age. But, in fact, it represents some of the nation's largest cable and phone companies, and is working to help those companies escape regulations on how they have to...

Does the Patriot Act Justify NSA Surveillance? Law in Uncharted Territory as Deadlines Approaches

May 11, 2015 Can Congress overrule a court decision without changing a word in the law? That's the question that lawmakers are wrestling with after a federal appeals court ruled last week that a controversial National Security Agency surveillance program is illegal. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit didn't address...

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Patriot Act In Uncharted Legal Territory As Deadline Approaches

May 11, 2015 Can Congress overrule a court decision without changing a word in the law? That's the question that lawmakers are wrestling with after a federal appeals court ruled last week that a controversial National Security Agency surveillance program is illegal. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit didn't address...

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Democrats Press FCC to Unmask Koch-Backed Groups

May 1, 2015 Frustrated with the Koch Brothers and other conservative donors pouring money into attack ads, Democrats are asking a federal agency to enact tougher political disclosure rules. But that agency isn't the Federal Election Commission, which typically handles campaign finance issues. Instead, top Democrats in the House and Senate are pressing...

Rand Paul Leads Charge to Kill Net Neutrality

April 29, 2015 Sen. Rand Paul introduced a bill Wednesday to repeal the Federal Communications Commission's net-neutrality regulations. The move will do little to endear Paul to Silicon Valley executives, who largely support the new rules, as he tries to raise money from them for his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. And...

FCC's Enforcement Bureau Cracks Down on Telecom Giants

April 27, 2015 There's a new sheriff in town at the Federal Communications Commission. And he's got corporations reaching for their checkbooks. In his first year on the job as chief of the FCC's Enforcement Bureau, Travis LeBlanc has issued some of the largest fines in the agency's history. AT&T agreed to pay...

The Legal War Over Net Neutrality Has Begun

April 15, 2015 The Federal Communications Commission will have to fend off a flurry of lawsuits—and some top legal firepower—to save its net-neutrality rules. AT&T and three groups representing cable companies and cellular carriers sued to repeal the rules on Tuesday. The U.S. Telecom Association filed its suit on Monday. And the groups...

Republicans Push Fast-Track Bill to Kill Net Neutrality

April 14, 2015 A group of House Republicans introduced a resolution Monday to block the Federal Communications Commission's net-neutrality regulations. The measure, authored by Rep. Doug Collins, a Georgia Republican, would take advantage of a procedural fast-track under the Congressional Review Act, allowing it to bypass Democratic opposition in the Senate. It would...