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Critic: NTIA's mobile privacy push has failed

Lobbyists derailed an effort by U.S. President Barack Obama's administration to create mobile privacy standards, a privacy group charged on Thursday, while some participants in the process conceded it lacked focus.

Written by Grant Gross29 Aug. 13 20:30

FTC: Medical lab lost patient info on peer-to-peer network

An Atlanta medical testing laboratory had billing information for more than 9,000 customers land on a peer-to-peer file-sharing network in 2008, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has alleged.

Written by Grant Gross29 Aug. 13 16:12

US man pleads guilty to hacking Department of Energy, other sites

A Pennsylvania man who was allegedly a member of the computer hacking group the Underground Intelligence Agency has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and two counts of computer intrusion, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

Written by Grant Gross27 Aug. 13 21:36

Facebook got 25,000 government requests about users

Facebook received more than 25,000 requests from governments about its users during the first half of 2013, with nearly half of those requests coming from U.S. law enforcement and related agencies, the company said.

Written by Grant Gross27 Aug. 13 17:53

US regulators explore rules for Bitcoin

A Bitcoin trade group met with representatives of several U.S government agencies Monday as regulators debate whether the online currency should comply with currency rules.

Written by Grant Gross26 Aug. 13 20:33

Obama calls for review of surveillance programs

U.S. President Barack Obama will work with Congress to limit data collection by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act and will appoint an independent board to review the country's surveillance programs, he said Friday.

Written by Grant Gross09 Aug. 13 20:27

Apple asks appeals court to grant sales injunction against Samsung

A U.S. District Court judge made mistakes when she rejected Apple's request for a sales injunction against rival Samsung Electronics in a multimillion-dollar patent infringement case, Apple's lawyer argued before an appeals court Friday.

Written by Grant Gross09 Aug. 13 16:57

Apple and Samsung patent war returns Friday

Samsung Electronics faces the possibility of U.S. import bans on some of its smartphones in two separate cases brought by Apple, with major steps happening Friday.

Written by Grant Gross08 Aug. 13 16:32

Big data collection colliding with privacy concerns: Ovum

A recent push in the IT industry to collect and monetiSe big data is headed for a clash with privacy concerns from Internet users and potential regulation from some governments, according to tech analyst firm Ovum.
Internet advertising networks and other companies that depend on the collection of personal data online should prepare for a "rebalancing" of the relationship between themselves and Web users, with Web users having more control of their data, said Mark Little, principal analyst at the U.K. tech and business analysis firm.

Written by Grant Gross05 Feb. 13 22:00

Cisco: Global 'Net traffic to surpass 1 zettabyte in 2016

Global Internet Protocol traffic will reach an annual rate of 1.3 zettabytes in 2016 as more people connect more devices and download more video over the Internet, according to Cisco Systems.

Written by Grant Gross30 May 12 18:31

US Stop Online Piracy Act: 101

The Stop Online Piracy Act, the subject of a hearing before the US House of Representatives judiciary committee, has generated heated debate since lawmakers introduced it on October 26.
The SOPA bill, would allow the US Department of Justice and copyright holders to seek court orders requiring online advertising networks, payment processors and other organisations to stop payments to websites and Web-based services accused of copyright infringement.

Written by Grant Gross15 Nov. 11 22:00

9/11: Attacks changed the way companies view IT

The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks led to scores of changes in how U.S. residents live and do business, and the IT industry was not spared.

Written by Grant Gross09 Sept. 11 03:31