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Feds Dismiss Google's Fears Over FBI’s Hacking Power

February 26, 2015 The Justice Department is firing back at Google for asserting that a plan to expand the FBI's hacking authority represents a "monumental" constitutional concern. In a stinging rebuttal submitted this week, DOJ castigated Google, claiming that the search giant is misreading its proposal that would give judges more flexibility in ...

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Feds Dismiss Google's Fears Over FBI’s Hacking Power

February 26, 2015 The Justice Department is firing back at Google for asserting that a plan to expand the FBI's hacking authority represents a "monumental" constitutional concern. In a stinging rebuttal submitted this week, DOJ castigated Google, claiming that the search giant is misreading its proposal that would give judges more flexibility in ...

Republicans Furious as FCC Chief Refuses to Testify on Net Neutrality

February 25, 2015 Cue the Benghazi references. Any decorum around Washington's net-neutrality debate has evaporated. A day before the Federal Communications Commission is set to enact sweeping rules that would reclassify the Internet as a telecommunications service. Republicans delayed a House Oversight Committee hearing on net neutrality scheduled for Wednesday, citing FCC Chairman ...

As FCC Nears Vote on Net Neutrality, Focus Turns to Congress

February 23, 2015 Republicans have lost the net neutrality fight. But that doesn't mean they'll stop talking about the issue. The Federal Communications Commission is on the precipice of voting this week to enact White House-backed regulations that would reclassify broadband Internet as a utility and block so-called "fast lanes" on mobile and ...

Google Calls FBI's Plan to Expand Hacking Power a 'Monumental' Constitutional Threat

February 18, 2015 Google is warning that the government's quiet plan to expand the FBI's authority to remotely access computer files amounts to a "monumental" constitutional concern. The search giant submitted public comments earlier this week opposing a Justice Department proposal that would grant judges more leeway in how they can approve search ...

Apple CEO Says Obama Needs to Embrace 'Privacy First' Philosophy

February 13, 2015 Apple chief executive Tim Cook on Friday laid out one of the most forceful defenses of digital privacy ever given by the leader of a major tech company, likening the fight to protect user data to a new human-rights frontier. Cook, speaking at a White House summit on cybersecurity at ...

Obama Goes to Silicon Valley to Push Cyber and Mend Fences, But Tensions Remain

February 13, 2015 President Obama on Friday will sign an executive order intended to foster greater sharing of digital data between the government and the private sector—a move the administration hopes will prod Congress to move more quickly on passing cybersecurity legislation. The order coincides with a first-of-its-kind cyber summit at Stanford University, ...

Senate Bill Pushes Sharing of Sensitive Cyber Threat Data Between Government and Companies

February 12, 2015 A lone Democrat on Wednesday will introduce cybersecurity legislation that seeks to increase the sharing of sensitive data between government and the private sector, a push that comes on the heels of President Obama's vocal campaign for such a proposal. The bill from Sen. Thomas Carper, the top Democrat on ...

Lawmakers Not Briefed About Obama's New $35 Million Cyber Agency

February 11, 2015 House lawmakers were not briefed on the creation of a $35 million federal agency intended to bolster the nation's cyberdefenses, a GOP congressional staffer told National Journal. The Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center, announced publicly Tuesday, is designed to better coordinate digital intelligence about potential cyber threats among various federal ...

Judge Dismisses Challenge to NSA Internet Surveillance

February 11, 2015 A California District Court judge on Tuesday dismissed part of a legal challenge to the National Security Agency's controversial surveillance of Internet communications, dealing a setback to the post-Snowden movement to limit the government's dragnet spying regime. The court could not rule whether the NSA's collection of Internet and phone ...