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Congress To Hold Hearing On Google’s Driverless Cars This Week Congress To Hold Hearing On Google’s Driverless Cars This Week

Driverless cars have some people spooked, but most are incredibly supportive of anything that makes the roads safer. Congress wants to make sure of that with a hearing scheduled for this week. The Hill reports that the Senate Commerce Committee …

Pregnant Congresswoman Announces Via Facebook
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Jamie Herrera Beutler, the Republican congresswoman from Washington’s 3rd district, has announced that she is pregnant. The 34-year-old Beutler was elected to congress in 2010, making her the second youngest female in the current U.S. Congress. She is married to …

YouTube Now Offers Live Streaming Capabilities to Members of Congress YouTube Now Offers Live Streaming Capabilities to Members of Congress
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YouTube has just announced that members of the U.S. Congress will now be able to live stream video, as well as access enhanced features on their YouTube channels. “Video plays a powerful role in bringing us closer together, especially when …

CISPA Add-On Banning Employers from Seeking Facebook Passwords Killed CISPA Add-On Banning Employers from Seeking Facebook Passwords Killed
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As you probably know, on Thursday the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, better known as CISPA. The bill, which aims to help the government react to cybersecurity threats by making it easier to …

Online Sales Tax Bill Will Go Up For A Final Vote On May 6 Online Sales Tax Bill Will Go Up For A Final Vote On May 6
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The Senate really wants the public to know that it’s completely behind the Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill that would require online businesses to collect sales tax from every state regardless of its location. After two previous votes that saw …

CISPA Is Kind Of Dead, But Not Really CISPA Is Kind Of Dead, But Not Really
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Last week, a cry rang out from privacy advocates everywhere as the House overwhelmingly passed CISPA. Those same advocates soon gathered up their forces for a fight in the Senate, but it looks like the Senate got to killing CISPA …

Senate To Take Up Email Privacy Bill Today Senate To Take Up Email Privacy Bill Today

UPDATE: And it passed. Last week, Sen. Patrick Leahy said that the Senate Judiciary Committee would be marking up an update to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. The decades old bill allows law enforcement to obtain emails without a warrant …

United States Postal Service Losing $25M a Day United States Postal Service Losing $25M a Day
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It’s no secret that the United States Postal Service (USPS) has been struggling for years. The company has seen its revenues fall in the face of email and the new internet economy. In February, the USPS announced that it would …

House Passes CISPA, Controversial Cybersecurity Bill Moves To Senate House Passes CISPA, Controversial Cybersecurity Bill Moves To Senate
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During a vote in the House today, a majority of representatives voted in favor of passing CISPA for the second year in a row. Now the bill heads to the Senate where it will either live or die. Free Internet …

Mitch McConnell Celebrates Gun Control Defeat with Flippant Facebook ‘Meme’ Mitch McConnell Celebrates Gun Control Defeat with Flippant Facebook ‘Meme’
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As you’ve probably heard by now, gun control legislation that would ban certain types of military-style assault rifles, limit magazine sizes, and enact more far-reaching background checks for buyers failed in the Senate on Wednesday. We already knew what was …

House Approves Pro-Privacy CISPA Amendment House Approves Pro-Privacy CISPA Amendment
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UPDATE: The amendment no longer contains pro-privacy language. The language requiring companies to share information only with the DHS was removed before being added to the bill. More on that here. Original story continues below: It seemed that CISPA couldn’t …

IRS Tells Congress That It Obtains Warrants Before Searching Emails IRS Tells Congress That It Obtains Warrants Before Searching Emails

Late last week, the ACLU reported that the IRS probably obtained emails without a warrant. The group came to this conclusion after an agency handbook from 2009 said that Internet users “do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy.” Now …

Civil Liberty Groups Still Don’t Like CISPA, Issue Open Letter To Congress Civil Liberty Groups Still Don’t Like CISPA, Issue Open Letter To Congress

After a closed door markup, CISPA emerged from the House Intelligence Committee with some new amendments. Rep. Mike Rogers, the author of the bill, said the amendments would address concerns from civil liberty groups. Those same groups could not be …

Senate Judiciary Committee To Debate ECPA Reform This Week Senate Judiciary Committee To Debate ECPA Reform This Week

ECPA, or the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, has long been in need of an update. The Senate tried last year, but ran out of time. Now it’s a priority and it will hopefully get the time it deserves this week. …

Charlie Wilson Dies; Congressman Was 70

Former U.S. Representative Charlie A. Wilson has died at the age of 70. According to an Associated Press report, Wilson had a stroke in February and had been recovering since that time. He reportedly became sick over the weekend and …

Congress Doesn’t Want You Listening In On The CISPA Debate Congress Doesn’t Want You Listening In On The CISPA Debate

It was revealed in mid-February that CISPA would be back. The dreaded cybersecurity bill is now ready to make its way through Congress, but our elected representatives apparently think that the public doesn’t have the right to know what’s going …

Petition to Force Congress to Wear NASCAR-Style Suits with Corporate Logos Gains Steam
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Ever since the White House changed the rules on their We The People petition site, forcing petitions to reach the 100,000-signature threshold before warranting an official response, “successful” petitions have been a lot more scarce. Only a handful of petitions …

Obamacare ‘Kills’ Says Michelle Bachmann
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Michele Bachmann, the U.S. congressional representative from Minnesota’s 6th district, is well-known for saying things that strike Americans in the middle or on the left of the U.S. political spectrum as inflammatory and pandering. Though her posturing rings true with …

Boehner: Gay Marriage Views Not Likely to Change

Last week, Ohio Senator Rob Portman became the first senate Republican to openly support gay marriage. Though he was previously an opponent of gay marriage, the senator claims to have had a change of heart that stems from learning that …

Email Privacy Hearing Set To Go Before The House On Tuesday Email Privacy Hearing Set To Go Before The House On Tuesday
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Late last month, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said that reforming the decades old Electronic Communications Privacy Act was a priority for him in 2013. He’s making good on his word by holding a hearing on the hotly debated …

Does Congress Even Understand The Cell Phone Unlocking Debate? Does Congress Even Understand The Cell Phone Unlocking Debate?
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You should have the right to unlock your cell phone. Any reasonable person would agree that it should be a basic consumer right. The problem is how one goes about making cell phone unlocking legal. Lawmakers have come forward with …