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  • Groups urge Obama to oppose cyberthreat sharing bills

    U.S. President Barack Obama should oppose legislation intended to let businesses share cyberthreat information with each other and with government agencies because the bill would allow the sharing of too much personal information, a coalition of digital rights groups and security experts said.

    Written by Grant Gross29 July 15 02:12
  • Top global security exports defend encryption

    As government officials continue to plea the case against strong encryption, a group of high-profile international security experts have published a paper arguing that allowing government agents special access to communications would have detrimental effects on personal privacy, enterprise security, and our national economy.

    Written by Maria Korolov10 July 15 23:17
  • New NSA phone dragnet proposals blasted as flawed

    Two U.S. senators are pushing proposals to extend the National Security Agency's domestic telephone records dragnet, but a diverse coalition of civil liberties and advocacy groups have called on lawmakers to vote against those plans.

    Written by Grant Gross30 May 15 04:29
  • ACLU: NSA phone dragnet should be killed not amended

    The U.S. Congress should kill the section of the Patriot Act that has allowed the National Security Agency to collect millions of phone records from the nation's residents, instead of trying to amend it, a civil liberties advocate said Friday.

    Written by Grant Gross02 May 15 06:38
  • Senate panel secretly approves cyberthreat sharing bill

    A U.S. Senate committee has voted in secret to approve a controversial bill that seeks to encourage businesses to share information about cyberthreats with each other and with government agencies.

    Written by Grant Gross13 March 15 13:28
  • Tech groups renew push for cloud, email privacy protections

    This may finally be the year that the U.S. Congress gives email and other documents stored in the cloud for several months the same privacy protections from police searches as newer files or paper records stored in a file cabinet, say backers of electronic privacy reform.

    Written by Grant Gross12 March 15 05:16
  • Privacy advocates find Obama proposal lacking

    A consumer privacy proposal from U.S. President Barack Obama's administration gives people too little control over their personal data and companies too much latitude to use that information, a coalition of 14 privacy and digital rights groups said.

    Written by Grant Gross04 March 15 06:52
  • Senators to push privacy, security legislation for IoT

    Some Democratic senators want new laws that mandate security and privacy measures on the Internet of Things, as concern grows over personal data collected by connected devices.

    Written by Grant Gross12 Feb. 15 08:02
  • Microsoft gets allies to help tell US to back off on Irish search warrant

    The U.S. Department of Justice should back off its request for Microsoft to turn over a suspect's digital documents stored on a server in Ireland, or be prepared for other governments demanding documents stored on U.S. servers, the company's general counsel said.

    Written by Grant Gross16 Dec. 14 06:49
  • Tech, digital rights groups applaud Senate move on NSA reform

    Several technology and digital rights groups have praised a U.S. Senate move toward passing legislation that would rein in the National Security Agency's domestic telephone records collection program.

    Written by Grant Gross14 Nov. 14 05:06
  • US concerns about online privacy present opportunity, experts say

    A new survey saying an overwhelming majority of U.S. adults believe they have lost control over how private companies collect their personal information may be an opportunity in disguise for Web-based companies, some privacy experts said.

    Written by Grant Gross13 Nov. 14 06:55
  • Republican gains in Congress would have limited impact on big tech issues

    Anticipated Republican gains in the U.S. Congress after next Tuesday's election have limited implications for tech-related issues like net neutrality and reform of National Security Agency surveillance programs, with some observers expecting no huge changes.

    Written by Grant Gross31 Oct. 14 06:10
  • The ratings: Most net neutrality groups get poor grades for funding transparency

    After a spate of news stories about alleged "astroturf" advocacy in a contentious U.S. net neutrality debate, the IDG News Service looked into the funding transparency of several think tanks and advocacy groups involved in the issue. Several disclose limited or no information about their funding, we found.

    Written by Grant Gross25 Oct. 14 05:50