All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘FCC’

Advocates to FCC: Forbid Cell Phone Jamming

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge, and the Center for Democracy and Technology have implored the Federal Communications Commission to prohibit federal, state, and local governments from resorting to cell phone shutdowns. The request stems an FCC inquiry from 2011 regarding the incident where the Bay Area Transit Authority shut down cell phone activity in order to hopefully suppress protests …

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Privacy Advocate Wants Hearing on Google’s Wi-Fi Spying

Now that the non-redacted version of the Federal Communication Commission’s report on Google’s unsettling habit of eavesdropping on unsecured wi-fi network via the Street Car has been made available, the same privacy advocate that chastised the FCC for letting Google off with a relatively small fine is now calling on the U.S. Senate to investigate the matter. Consumer Watchdog sent …

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Google Knew About Street View Wi-Fi Spying Software After All

Nearly two weeks after the Federal Communications Commission released a heavily redacted report about Google’s sponging up of emails, passwords, and other personal data via unsecured wi-fi networks, the company has released a full version of the report that reveals that, in spite of Google’s previous claims that the data-collected software was unauthorized, supervisors and others were actually aware of …

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FCC Vote Requires TV to Reveal Political Ad Funding

Though broadcast station owners have been lobbying heavily against the change, the FCC voted yesterday to make political advertisement funding sources available online. This mandatory new guideline supersedes the previous mandate to make them available at the station. This meant interested parties would actually have to physically go to the station to review the funding contributors. FCC Commissioner Mignon L. …

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Google To FCC: We Didn’t Delay Street View Investigations

Earlier this month, the FCC decided to issue a $25,000 fine to Google for so-called “delays” in their investigation into Google’s street view-data collecting privacy flareup. Google says they’re going to pay the fine, but they’re not quite sure that the blame should rest solely on their shoulders. The $25,000 fine isn’t a punishment for the Steet View activities themselves, …

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Chrome OS Will Get Google Drive Integration

Yesterday Google launched its new Google Docs replacement/Dropbox competitor Google Drive. The new service retains all the functionality of Google Docs, while also allowing users to store files of any kind. They even promise that eventually users will be able to edit and otherwise manipulate all sorts of files. Now it looks like Google also intends Drive to be tightly …

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FCC Fights to Make Sense of Mobile Bills

If you’ve ever gone over on your mobile phone minutes or exceeded the number of text messages you can make you’ll love this next story. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) actual cares that surprise charges on your mobile bill are scaring the hell out of you. You know what I mean, you tear open the envelope from Verizon or whoever, …

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Jon Stewart Derides FCC for Weak Google Spying Fine

Do you remember earlier this week when the Federal Communications Commission issued a $25,000 fine to Google? You know, because of the unauthorized collection of personal information Google obtained from unsecured wi-fi networks while the Google Street View car was cruising around taking photos for Google Maps? If you do, good on you – you’re olfactory senses are keen to …

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FCC Wants Supreme Court To Hear Super Bowl Nip Slip Case

We were all there. That moment in the 2004 Super Bowl when Janet Jackson gave live television a look at what many a man dreams about at night. It was a national scandal. How dare they allow such a thing to happen on live television? There were children watching! In the end, it was chalked up as a wardrobe malfunction …

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Does Fining Google Really Achieve Anything?

Over the weekend, the Federal Communications Commission released a heavily redacted report that detailed the consequences of Google’s lack of transparency and cooperation with an investigation revolving around the non-consensual collection of information from people using unsecured wi-fi networks. It turns out that, as those Google Street View cars were roaming around and capturing ground-level imagery of cities around the …

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FCC Demands $819,000 From T-Mobile [UPDATED]

UPDATE: T-Mobile has responded to the FCC’s notice. Here’s what they had to say: T-Mobile USA is committed to providing high-quality products and services to all of its customers, including a broad selection of handsets that are hearing aid compatible. T-Mobile takes seriously its obligations to comply with its hearing aid compatibility responsibilities as part of our overall commitment to …

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Consumer Watchdog Demands Uncensored FCC Report on Google Wi-Fi Spying

In light of the Federal Communications Commission dropping its investigation of Google’s Street View’s eavesdropping practices that were uncovered in 2010 and releasing a very redacted version of the interim report that was released on Friday, Consumer Watchdog has issued a statement demanding that the FCC release an uncensored version of the report. The FCC decided to fine Google $25,000 …

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