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Will Congress Finally Pass An Email Privacy Bill This Year? Will Congress Finally Pass An Email Privacy Bill This Year?
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An updated Electronic Communications Privacy Act, or ECPA, was a good idea proposed at the wrong time. The amendment would have protected our privacy in online communications, but its proposal at the end of the last Congress ensured its demise. …

Experts Say Congress Is Unprepared For A Cyberattack Experts Say Congress Is Unprepared For A Cyberattack
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President Obama introduced an executive order last week that intended to help protect the nation’s infrastructure from cyber attacks. It’s similar to CISPA in that it increases information sharing between government and private corporations, but thankfully lacks the privacy infringing …

Repeal Obamacare Bill Introduced by Michelle Bachmann
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The 113th U.S. Congress were just sworn-in yesterday, and already House Republicans are reiterating their feelings about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, colloquially known as “Obamacare.” Republican Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann has introduced a bill that would repeal Obamacare …

The FISA Debate Proves That Congress Doesn’t Care About Your Privacy The FISA Debate Proves That Congress Doesn’t Care About Your Privacy
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Online privacy was a big ticket item in 2012. More and more people are becoming concerned with just how much of their personal lives are available online for everyone to see. In fact, there’s been a push to adopt certain …

Facebook Tips New Members of Congress on How to Properly Run a Page Facebook Tips New Members of Congress on How to Properly Run a Page
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Facebook has just published their official guide for new members of the 113th Congress on how to set up and maintain a successful presence on the site. Earlier this year, the company urged current members of Congress to step up …

Rep. Darrell Issa Seeks Input On New Bill From Reddit Rep. Darrell Issa Seeks Input On New Bill From Reddit

Rep. Darell Issa has been one of the few guys in government that Internet freedom fighters actually like. He’s been very outspoken in regards to SOPA, and co-sponsored its alternative – the OPEN Act. He now has a new bill …

Congressman To FTC: To Even Discuss Antitrust With Regards To Google “Defies All Logic” Congressman To FTC: To Even Discuss Antitrust With Regards To Google “Defies All Logic”
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Last week, reports came out indicating that four out of five FTC commissioners are supporting an antitrust suit against Google, and that a decision will come in late November or December. Also last week, Congressman Jared Polis (D-Colorado) sent a …

In A Surprise Move, Congress Claims To Care About Your Privacy In A Surprise Move, Congress Claims To Care About Your Privacy

Congress has proven time and time again that they don’t care whatsoever about your privacy. These are the same guys that tried to shove CIPSA and CSA through the system without any kind of debate. They claim to have good …

Facebook Urges Congress To Work On Fan Engagement Facebook Urges Congress To Work On Fan Engagement

Let’s face it; not everyone in Congress is adept at operating their social media accounts. Although some House and Senate members have jumped on the bandwagon and found that sites like Facebook are just another way to interact with their …

President Obama Invokes Executive Privilege Over Fast and Furious Documents
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President Obama has invoked executive privilege over previously undisclosed documents pertaining to the Justice Department’s “Fast & Furious” program, which allowed a cache of weapons to make their way across the Mexican border. The idea behind the program was as …

Google Issues a Call For Legislative Transparency Google Issues a Call For Legislative Transparency
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Google has issued a statement announcing that it believes public policy should be based on sound data analysis. Seth Webb, a senior policy manager for Google, stated that Google takes transparency seriously, and that it also believes citizens can be …

Senator Chambliss Asks DOJ To Investigate SWAT-ting

A fairly disturbing trend called SWAT-ing has been becoming more and more of a problem and Congress is starting to pay attention. SWAT-ing is when you fool 911 operators into sending emergency teams to their homes. This “prank” is done …

Pandora Lobbies to Equalize Broadcast Royalties in the Radio Industry Pandora Lobbies to Equalize Broadcast Royalties in the Radio Industry

As it stands right now, newer radio broadcast stations like pandora and other internet-based services, pay more in broadcast royalties than more conventional FM broadcasters, who actually pay nothing. This year alone, Pandora has spent over $50,000 addressing this issue …

Facebook IPO: Congress Joins the Investigation Facebook IPO: Congress Joins the Investigation
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The snowball continues to roll into a full-out avalanche of bad for Facebook as Congress has decided to join the circle of skeptics and investigators to look into company’s now-famously mishandled initial public offering. According to Reuters, the House of …

SNOPA Is One Internet Bill Worth Rooting For SNOPA Is One Internet Bill Worth Rooting For
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With the Internet exploding this morning at the news of CISPA passing the House, people may have put the bane of SOPA in the past. It turns out that SOPA was just the evil cousin of a much more benign …

CISPA Pro-Privacy Amendments No Longer Being Considered CISPA Pro-Privacy Amendments No Longer Being Considered

Remember when I wrote about CISPA not being so bad just a few days ago? While I still believe that people are somewhat hypocritical when defending privacy while spilling their life story on Facebook, there were some reasons to be …

Mia Love: Republican Party Nominee For Congress

Haven’t heard of Mia Love? You will. Love–a converted Mormon–is the mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah and is the Republican Party nominee for the state’s 4th congressional district. If she wins, she will be the first black female Republican ever …

EFF Reaffirms Why CISPA Is So Bad EFF Reaffirms Why CISPA Is So Bad

I think we can all agree that CISPA is pretty rotten. It’s just another attempt at ramming Internet regulation ala SOPA through the gates to give a limited few an advantage while the online civil liberties of everybody else suffers. …

Sopatrack: When Does Congress Vote With The Money? Sopatrack: When Does Congress Vote With The Money?

Telling people that the men and women in Congress sometimes vote with special interests in mind is like telling people that pro wrestling is staged. We all know it happens but it’s just an inevitable part of the process. While …

Facebook Password Privacy Motion Blocked By House Republicans Facebook Password Privacy Motion Blocked By House Republicans
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Remember last week when news broke of shady employers requesting passwords to employees’ personal Facebook accounts? While litigation over the privacy issue has been shuffled around in various levels of government, a motion called “Mind Your Own Business On Passwords” …

U.S. Congress Launches Inquiry Into iOS Apps’ Privacy Lapse U.S. Congress Launches Inquiry Into iOS Apps’ Privacy Lapse

Members of Congress are done waiting around on Apple to take up the casual offer from Sen. Charles Schumer to discuss the recently reported loophole in iPhone apps that gives developers access to users’ contact list and private photos. Henry …