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Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Others Demand Specific Privacy Rules for ISPs

Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Others Demand Specific Privacy Rules for ISPs

In order to obtain the necessary services that the country’s various internet service providers offer, Americans must give up a lot of personal information. And what those companies do with said information should be a concern of every single American. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and seven other Senators have asked the FCC to implement some specific rules concerning how broadband …

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Elizabeth Warren, Al Franken Among Six Senators Urging a Swift Death for the Comcast/Time Warner Merger

In a letter addressed to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler and Attorney General Eric Holder, six Senators are urging the blockage of Comcast’s proposed merger with Time Warner Cable. The letter comes just one day before representatives from Comcast and Time Warner Cable are set to meet with DoJ antitrust officials in the hopes of saving a deal that …

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Al Franken Pens Letter To DOJ On ISIS Recruitment

Al Franken has taken a bit of a stand recently to bring attention to ISIS (also known as ISIL or the Islamic state) efforts to recruit members inside the US and to disallow those who have associations with the terror group to return to the US, according to CBS. He stated, “In my experience, no one is more upset about …

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iPhone 5S Fingerprint Scanner Already Drawing Scrutiny From Lawmakers

The iPhone 5S just launched today, and fans are already happily scanning their fingerprints into the devices’s new Touch ID system. Apple (and science) claims it’s perfectly secure, but lawmakers aren’t so sure. The Hill reports that Sen. Al Franken has sent Apple a letter regarding the fingerprint scanner technology in the iPhone 5S. As you would expect, he’s concerned …

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Sen. Al Franken Wants To Make The NSA A Little More Transparent

How many American citizens are targeted by the NSA? It’s a question that the agency refuses to answer, and today’s leak makes it seem like the agency targets just about everyone. The NSA needs to be transparent about its domestic operations, and one senator wants to make that happen. The Hill reports that Sen. Al Franken announced on Wednesday that …

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Senator Al Franken’s Privacy Bill Is Approved By Senate Committee

We brought you word earlier this month that Sen. Al Franken was trying his hand at passing a privacy bill again. The Location Privacy Protection Act would require any and all app makers to request permission to track users before being able to do so. His first attempt at passage in 2011 failed, but it’s looking a bit more optimistic …

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Senator Al Franken Is Trying To Protect Your Privacy Again

2012 was a big year for privacy. From CISPA to ECPA, lawmakers are tackling the ever present issue of how to handle privacy in the digital age. There’s not been a lot of progress on the front, but Sen. Al Franken is trying his hand at passing a privacy law yet again. The Verge reports that Franken will soon introduce …

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Senator Al Franken Blasts Google And Facebook on Privacy

Senator Al Franken, in a speech to the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section, railed against Facebook, Google, and cell phone carriers for the massive amount of information they keep on users. “What we’re seeing is that, just like Americans’ pocketbooks and access to information, their right to privacy can be a casualty of anti-competitive practices,” said Franken. Franken pointed to …

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Robert Bork: The Reason For No Netflix App On Facebook

If Netflix was peanut butter and Facebook was jelly, you’d think indulging in the combination of the two would be a natural delight that nobody would prevent you from enjoying. There’s just one problem with this scenario: Facebook can’t be jelly because Netflix is currently prohibited from being peanut butter due to a law pre-dating the Internet. To give you …

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Is SOPA’s Bipartisan Support Due To Legislators’ Ignorance?

SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act, H.R. 3261) is perhaps the biggest news on the Internet lately. It is certainly the biggest news about the internet. People have been neatly divided into two camps on the matter: For and Against. Those in the “For” camp have generally been thought to be entertainment industry types, their attorneys, their lobbyists, the politicians …

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