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Senate Panel OKs Bill Against Same-Sex Job Bias

AP reports that a Senate panel has approved a bill that would prohibit employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill had support from every one of the Democrats and three of …

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 …

Sarah Palin Might Run for Senate in 2014 Sarah Palin Might Run for Senate in 2014
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Sarah Palin appeared on Sean Hannity’s radio show on Tuesday and said something that will likely be repeated, analyzed and parsed for some time to come. Palin was asked by Sean Hannity whether she would run for Senate from Alaska, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Senate Votes In Favor Of Online Sales Tax Bill, Controversial Legislation Heads To House Senate Votes In Favor Of Online Sales Tax Bill, Controversial Legislation Heads To House

The Marketplace Fairness Act – a piece of legislation that will force online businesses to collect state sales tax regardless of their physical location – was set to go before the Senate for a final vote last night. It was …

Will Small Businesses Suffer If Forced To Collect Online Sales Tax? Will Small Businesses Suffer If Forced To Collect Online Sales Tax?
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One of the most controversial pieces of legislation currently making its way through the Senate is the Marketplace Fairness Act. In essence, it would allow states to collect taxes from online purchases even if the online store doesn’t have a …

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 …

Senate Votes In Favor Of Moving Forward With Online Sales Tax Bill Senate Votes In Favor Of Moving Forward With Online Sales Tax Bill
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The Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill that would force online retailers to collect sales tax regardless of its physical location, has gained quite a bit of support in recent days. The Senate and White House are united in passing a …

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 …

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 …

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. …

Online Sales Tax Law Closer To Reality? Online Sales Tax Law Closer To Reality?
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Last week, Senators Mike Enzi and Dick Durbin were accused of trying to “sneak” through legislation similar to the controversial Marketplace Fairness Act as a budget amendment. They succeeded in getting that through the Senate. The basic premise of the …

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 …

Sen. Patrick Leahy’s Cellphone Unlocking Bill Is A Temporary Fix For A Broken DMCA Sen. Patrick Leahy’s Cellphone Unlocking Bill Is A Temporary Fix For A Broken DMCA
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Cellphone unlocking has become a top priority in Washington since the White House threw its support behind the movement. Now it’s up to senators to pass the legislation required to permanently add an exemption to the DMCA. The latest bill …

Do Not Track Legislation Introduced In The Senate Do Not Track Legislation Introduced In The Senate
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Do Not Track was one of the biggest jokes of 2012. Sure, it was a honorable endeavor, but nobody could come to a consensus as to what Do Not Track means even after pledging to do something about it only …

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. …