Senate Moves to Permanently Kill the FCC's Broadband Privacy Rules

The Senate Thursday voted to roll back the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) broadband privacy rules designed to give consumers greater control over how internet service providers (ISPs) c…

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AT&T, Time Warner Defend Merger to Lawmakers


AT&T and Time Warner executives this week appeared before a subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee to respond to lawmakers’ concerns about their $84 billion merger. Their testimony came at a time of high public skepticism of institutional power. Rival content and mobile providers applied further pressure with questions about the impact the deal would have on competition and pricing. AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner would serve to disrupt existing models of traditional cable provider dominance, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said.

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Senate Falls Short on Expansion of FBI Surveillance Authority


The United States Senate last week rejected a Republican-backed amendment that would have given the FBI expanded authority to access the browser histories and other electronic records of targets of terrorism and other national security investigations without first obtaining a warrant. The Senate voted 58-38 for the amendment, cosponsored by Sens. Richard Burr and John McCain. The amendment would have granted the FBI the power to obtain suspected terrorists’ electronic records without a court order.

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Leaked Senate encryption bill called 'ludicrous, dangerous' by security experts

Article Image A proposed U.S. Senate draft bill that would give courts the authority to compel tech company compliance in law enforcement requests to encrypted data leaked online Thursday night, and by Friday security experts and civil rights advocates were dismantling the policy, calling it ill-informed and potentially dangerous.

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Proposed Senate bill grants courts authority to force access to encrypted data

Article Image According to a report on Monday, U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee leaders are circulating a draft bill that would give federal courts liberal authority to compel tech company compliance with government requests for access to encrypted data.

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Proposed Senate bill penalizing resistance to decryption requests nears completion, could be introduced next week

Article Image U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee leaders are nearing completion of a draft bill that applies civil penalties to tech companies resisting court-ordered requests for assistance in unlocking encrypted hardware, according to a Wednesday report.

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Bipartisan encryption bill would create special congressional commission on encryption

Article Image House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and Senate Intelligence Committee member Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) on Wednesday announced plans to push forward a bill that would see the formation of a special congressional commission to address complex digital privacy issues, a hot button topic recently making headlines thanks to Apple’s legal battle with the DOJ.

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Controversial cybersecurity bill passed with resounding Senate support

Article Image The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act cleared the U.S. Senate floor on Tuesday with a 74 to 21 vote in support, moving the controversial bill critics contend will grant the government unfettered access to private data one step closer to the president’s desk.

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US law enforcement officials to argue for encryption backdoors before Congress

Later on Wednesday, two key U.S. law enforcement officials will testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee to argue in support of backdoors in various consumer encryption platforms, a report said.

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Senate passes USA Freedom Act, restores some NSA surveillance powers

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed the U.S.A. Freedom Act, a bill which restores certain surveillance powers to the National Security Agency while curtailing some of its greater excesses.



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Freedom Act Leaves IT Sector at Risk for Spy Program Costs


A recent proposal in the U.S. Senate to curb the impact of electronic surveillance conducted by the National Security Agency could enhance privacy for citizens and benefit businesses as well. However, major information technology companies that help the government collect telecom and Internet data still will be vulnerable to the substantial costs of working with the NSA, even if the proposed bill becomes law. The Senate initiative, called the “USA Freedom Act,” was introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., on July 29.

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California Senate passes cellphone 'kill switch' bill, awaits governor's approval

The California state Senate on Monday passed a bill crafted to protect against smartphone theft by requiring manufacturers turn on a “kill switch” when a device is first activated, something Apple currently employs in iOS as an opt-in feature.



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