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Steve Cohen’s Long-Lost Daughter Is Not His Daughter

Rep. Steve Cohen has had a rough week. It was only three years ago that he found out he had a daughter named Victoria Brink, but CNN reports that DNA tests this week show that she was in fact not …

House Panel Unanimously Passes Email Privacy Amendment House Panel Unanimously Passes Email Privacy Amendment
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The ECPA amendment that would require government agencies to obtain a warrant when accessing email hasn’t made much headway since the Senate Judiciary Committee approved it back in April. Now the House is trying to make sure email privacy is …

Justice Department Finally Admits That It Collects All Phone Records Within U.S. Justice Department Finally Admits That It Collects All Phone Records Within U.S.
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When the NSA spy programs were first revealed, the government told us that it was only collecting records that were relevant to terrorism investigations. Further leaks contradicted that claim, but the government didn’t address it. Now one government official has, …

Rep. Joe Barton Wants To Legalize Online Poker Rep. Joe Barton Wants To Legalize Online Poker

Online poker where real money is at stake is in a legal gray zone in the U.S. It was banned in 2006, but the Justice Department allowed states to determine their own online gambling laws in 2011. Now one lawmaker …

Senate Finally Gets Around To Drafting A Cybersecurity Bill Senate Finally Gets Around To Drafting A Cybersecurity Bill
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Earlier this year, the House proved yet again that it doesn’t care about your privacy by passing CISPA. The controversial cybersecurity bill would let the government and private companies easily share information to counter cyber threats. Now the Senate has …

Intelligence Director James Clapper Admits That He Lied To Congress, Is Sorry Intelligence Director James Clapper Admits That He Lied To Congress, Is Sorry
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Before Edward Snowden leaked a number of NSA documents through The Guardian and The Washington Post, some members of Congress who knew something was up was pushing the intelligence community to come clean. One of its first targets was Intelligence …

Google Tries To Sell Government On Glass Privacy. Are You Sold? Google Tries To Sell Government On Glass Privacy. Are You Sold?
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Back in May, the bipartisan congressional Privacy Caucus sent an open letter to Google CEO Larry Page asking for clarification on Google Glass and the privacy issues that come with the device. In early June, Google VP, Public Policy and …

Rep. Eric Swalwell Wants To Let Congress Vote From Home Rep. Eric Swalwell Wants To Let Congress Vote From Home

Congress is embarrassingly behind the curve when it comes to technology. For example, former Speaker Newt Gingrich doesn’t know the word “smartphone.” A far more dangerous example can be found in the numerous bills, like SOPA and CISPA, that Congress …

Student Loan Interest Rates Will Double, Unless …

Come July 1, student loan interest rates will double from 3.4% to 6.8%. That rate jump will only affect all new federally-subsidized student loans, not existing loans. Lots of folks are looking for ways to remedy the high-interest situation. BusinessWeek …

26 Senators Demand NSA Release Information About Its Spy Programs 26 Senators Demand NSA Release Information About Its Spy Programs

Early this month, it was revealed that the NSA collects mountains of phone and Internet data on American citizens. Some members of government defend the program, while others have been creating legislation to reign it in. Now a group of …

Senators Ask The NSA To Start Telling The Truth Senators Ask The NSA To Start Telling The Truth
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The NSA has been on the defensive ever since Edward Snowden revealed its massive spying programs in a series of leaks earlier this month. The agency has been called into Congress for multiple hearings to defend the programs and to …

FCC Chairman Nominee Supports Cell Phone Unlocking FCC Chairman Nominee Supports Cell Phone Unlocking
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Tom Wheeler, the man President Obama has nominated to be the next FCC chairman, has something in common with a lot of Americans. He believes that they have the right to unlock their cell phones after a two-year contract is …

House Lawmakers Want To Stop The NSA’s ‘Incidental Data’ Collection House Lawmakers Want To Stop The NSA’s ‘Incidental Data’ Collection

One of the worst things about the recently leaked NSA spy programs is what the agency calls “incidental data.” In short, it’s data on innocent Americans that gets picked up alongside data on non-Americans. The agency claims it can’t look …

House Lawmakers Introduce The We Are Watching You Act House Lawmakers Introduce The We Are Watching You Act
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In NSA America, TV watches you. Thankfully, that scenario hasn’t happened yet, but two lawmakers are working on legislation to make sure there are strict regulations in place when it does. The Hill reports that Reps. Michael Capuano and Walter …

Sen. Jeff Merkley Wants To Make The NSA More Transparent Sen. Jeff Merkley Wants To Make The NSA More Transparent

The NSA has become the talk of the town in Washington after The Guardian leaked a number of documents revealing the extent of the agency’s spy programs. President Obama and a number of senators have voiced their support for the …

IRS Star Trek Parody Video Is Hilariously Awful
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An IRS Star Trek parody video has prompted a formal apology from everybody’s favorite government agency. Faris Fink, an IRS executive who appears in the video as Mr. Spock, apologized for the video and for some of the IRS’s other …

Wireless Carriers Back Worthless Cellphone Unlocking Bill Wireless Carriers Back Worthless Cellphone Unlocking Bill

Should you be able to unlock your cellphone? Wireless carriers used to not think so, but now the industry’s lobbying group seems to be fine with it as long as the bill is worthless. The Hill reports that the wireless …

House To Hold Hearing On Worthless Cellphone Unlocking Bill Next Week House To Hold Hearing On Worthless Cellphone Unlocking Bill Next Week
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Pretty much everybody in Washington agrees with the common man – you should be able to unlock your cellphone without fear of repercussion. Where we tend to disagree is how to go about doing this. Unfortunately, the House has decided …

Michele Bachmann Retiring from Congress, Announces Via YouTube Michele Bachmann Retiring from Congress, Announces Via YouTube
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Minnesota Republican Michele Bachmann will not seek a fifth term in Congress representing the state’s 6th district, as she made an official announcement in YouTube video. “After a great deal of thought and deliberation, I have decided next year, I …

Apple’s Tim Cook Tells Congress The Tax Code Is Outdated Apple’s Tim Cook Tells Congress The Tax Code Is Outdated

You may recall that Apple was on tap to testify at a Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations hearing yesterday regarding accusations that it dodges taxes. As expected, Apple CEO Tim Cook denied the accusations. He did offer up his idea …

Michelle Bachman Tries Out Google Glass

Now that Google’s latest experiment has caught the eye of congress and privacy advocates, many Google Glass fans are wary that the devices may be over-regulated before they even appear on the market. The congressional privacy caucus even sent an …