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  • FBI director calls for greater police access to communications

    Apple and Google should reconsider their plans to enable encryption by default on their smartphones, and the U.S. Congress should pass a law requiring that all communication tools allow police access to user data, U.S. FBI Director James Comey said.

    Written by Grant Gross17 Oct. 14 04:02
  • 33 equipment manufacturers oppose public-utility broadband

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission should resist calls to reclassify broadband as a regulated public utility as a way to enact strong net neutrality rules, more than 30 broadband equipment manufacturers, including Cisco Systems, IBM and Intel, have said.

    Written by Grant Gross10 Sept. 14 01:03
  • Dozens of US tech firms violate EU privacy promises, advocacy group says

    Thirty U.S. data brokers and data management firms, including Adobe Systems, AOL and Salesforce.com, are violating privacy promises they've made regarding their handling of the personal information of EU residents, a privacy group said in a complaint to be filed Thursday.

    Written by Grant Gross14 Aug. 14 14:02
  • US government OKs sharper satellite images

    The U.S. government has lifted a long-standing restriction that meant companies like Google and Microsoft didn't have access to the most accurate pictures taken by imaging satellites.

    Written by Martyn Williams13 June 14 04:58
  • What's the problem with DMCA takedown notices?

    A U.S. government effort to encourage agreement among copyright holders and Web-based services on how to improve the notice-and-takedown process in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act began Thursday with some disagreement about what direction the discussions should take.

    Written by Grant Gross20 March 14 19:19
  • USPTO to examine DMCA take-down process

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is looking for ideas on how to improve the controversial notice-and-take-down provisions of the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act, amid complaints that the current process is cumbersome for small musicians and filmmakers.

    Written by Grant Gross18 March 14 18:25
  • Level 3, 11 other companies settle FTC privacy complaint

    Twelve U.S. companies, including Internet service provider Level 3 Communications and BitTorrent, the company behind the popular peer-to-peer file-sharing protocol, have agreed to settle U.S. Federal Trade Commission charges that they falsely claimed to abide by an international data privacy framework.

    Written by Grant Gross21 Jan. 14 22:43