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Petraeus investigation highlights fight over digital surveillance laws

November 13, 2012 The FBI’s digital detective work not only brought down CIA Director David Petraeus, it also provided rare insights into the bureau’s latest methods for tracking people across cyberspace and the fight over government surveillance. Petraeus resigned suddenly on Friday, citing an affair that was uncovered after FBI agents followed an ...

FTC takes on 'Rachel from cardholder services'

November 2, 2012 The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday took "Rachel from Cardholder Services" down a notch as the agency cracked down on five companies accused of making millions of illegal robocalls. The FTC obtained court orders temporarily blocking the companies after receiving hundreds of thousands of complaints over deceptive prerecorded calls, including ...

FCC: Cellular and broadband is improving in Sandy's wake

November 1, 2012 Communications in the wake of Hurricane Sandy are improving but outages remain, Federal Communications Commission officials said on Wednesday. "The situation seems to be improving overall and that is in turn helping with the restoration of communications networks," FCC Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau Chief David Turetsky told reporters. ...

Officials: Competition, commercial agreements should govern Internet

October 31, 2012 American officials on Wednesday submitted more detailed proposals for preserving a collaborative system of governing the Internet. Officials have expressed concerns that international telecommunications treaty negotiations in December could be used to give the United Nations or other governments more control over the Internet. In general proposals released in August, ...

Natural disasters become battlegrounds in spectrum fight

October 31, 2012 While the government seeks to parcel out valuable spectrum to new technologies, TV and radio stations point to disasters like Sandy as proof that broadcasters are as important as ever. “In times of emergency there is no more reliable source of information than that coming from local broadcasters,” National Association ...

Health care group puts focus on current cybersecurity efforts

October 31, 2012 The health care industry is joining other businesses in urging Congress and federal officials to consider existing cybersecurity efforts before enacting new measures to better protect American computer networks. Congress is expected to revisit cybersecurity legislation before the end of the year and the White House is considering an executive ...

FCC: Communications outages could get worse

October 31, 2012 Communications outages caused by Sandy could get worse before they get better, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski warned on Tuesday. Flooding, snow, and other dangerous conditions could slow efforts to restore electricity and communications networks, he told reporters. Wireless communications are especially vulnerable to sustained outages, Genachowski said. Sandy, ...

Internet, phone companies brace for Hurricane Sandy

October 29, 2012 Communications providers and federal officials were bracing for widespread problems on Monday as Hurricane Sandy bore down on the East Coast. The high winds, rain, and possible power outages have the potential to play havoc with phone and Internet networks and companies spent the weekend prepping emergency reaction teams. Washington-area ...

Survey: Campaign contributors stick to traditional tools

October 25, 2012 Despite a range of new social media and technology, most contributors to this year's presidential campaigns continue to make donations in more traditional ways, according to a new survey released by the Pew Internet and American Life Project. Pew surveyed 2,010 people, 13 percent of whom said they had donated ...

FCC: 'Bill shock' plan on track to reduce surprise charges

October 18, 2012 Wireless companies are on or ahead of schedule in a program designed to prevent consumers from facing unexpected charges on their phone bills, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said on Wednesday. It's called "bill shock," and prodded by the FCC, a range of wireless companies promised to provide their ...