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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 …

Should The Government Regulate ISP Bandwidth Caps? Should The Government Regulate ISP Bandwidth Caps?
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Some of the major ISPs in the U.S. implement bandwidth caps in the name of controlling network congestion, but most caps are just a backhanded way of making more money. One senator is targeting the practice to bring better Internet …

The Future Of Sharing Your Netflix History On Facebook Is Now In Obama’s Hands The Future Of Sharing Your Netflix History On Facebook Is Now In Obama’s Hands
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Some of the best news this week was when the VPPA was approved by the House. The 1988 bill desperately needed to be updated so that Netflix socialites could share their viewing history on social networks. Now the bill has …

House Approves VPPA: Americans Might Soon Be Able To Share Netflix Viewing Data On Facebook House Approves VPPA: Americans Might Soon Be Able To Share Netflix Viewing Data On Facebook
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In the last few weeks of the current congress, members seem to going into overdrive as they introduce some last minute bills. The latest bill to reach approval in the House is of particular significance as its an update to …

Law Enforcement Now Wants Wireless Carriers To Store Your Text Messages As Evidence Law Enforcement Now Wants Wireless Carriers To Store Your Text Messages As Evidence
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Last week, the ECPA amendment that would greatly enhance Americans’ privacy has passed its first hurdle in the Senate. Now the bill will head for a proper vote in the Senate and House next year. If passed in its current …

ECPA Clears Senate Committee, Will Go To Vote Next Year ECPA Clears Senate Committee, Will Go To Vote Next Year
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Sen. Patrick Leahy’s ECPA amendment is an important one. It would require the authorities to obtain a warrant before pilfering emails. The current bill allows the authorities to access email with only a subpoena if the email in question is …

Should Law Enforcement Be Required To Obtain Warrants When Snooping Through Email? Should Law Enforcement Be Required To Obtain Warrants When Snooping Through Email?
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Senator Patrick Leahy was one of the good guys back in September. He was proposing a rewrite to the 26-year-old Electronic Communications Privacy Act that would require the feds to obtain a warrant to read your email. The Justice Department …

Senate Kills Cybersecurity Bill One Last Time Senate Kills Cybersecurity Bill One Last Time

Cybersecurity has become somewhat of a buzzword in Washington over the last year. Various government agencies and lawmakers from both sides have made it clear that something needs to be done about cybersecurity. Their efforts resulted in CISPA and CSA …

Email Privacy Law Going Before Senate Committee Today Email Privacy Law Going Before Senate Committee Today
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A Senate committee is going to soon discuss whether or not you should be allowed to share your Netflix history on Facebook. Some people are for it, while others are against it. More importantly, Sen. Patrick Leahy has snuck an …

Senate Discussing Changes To VPPA Today Senate Discussing Changes To VPPA Today

Have you ever wondered why you can’t share what you’re watching on Netflix via Facebook? You can thank VPPA for that. The Video Privacy Protection Act was introduced in 1984 in response to a Supreme Court nominee’s video rental records …

Cybersecurity Act Of 2012 Killed In The Senate Cybersecurity Act Of 2012 Killed In The Senate
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The Senate had until tomorrow to vote on the Cybersecurity Act of 2012. The amendments that were being proposed suggested that we may be onto something decent here. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you look at it, we’re not …

The Cybersecurity Act Of 2012 Goes Up For Debate In The Senate Tomorrow The Cybersecurity Act Of 2012 Goes Up For Debate In The Senate Tomorrow
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2012 is shaping up to be the year of cyber legislation. After SOPA and PIPA were defeated early this year, all attention turned towards CISPA. Even though the Internet put forth a strong effort, the lack of support from major …

Sen. Wyden Comes Out Against Cybersecurity Act of 2012 Sen. Wyden Comes Out Against Cybersecurity Act of 2012

The drama surrounding the various cybersecurity bills floating around Congress is never ending. CISPA passed the House, but what’s next? The controversial bill will head to the Senate, but they have their own cybersecurity bill to deal with – the …

Julian Assange, Wikileaks Founder, Getting Into Politics Julian Assange, Wikileaks Founder, Getting Into Politics
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Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange can not sit still. While he is technically still under house arrest in London awaiting the judgment on his extradition hearing, he keeps moving along at a pace that’s hard to keep up with. His newest …

Senator Under Fire For Saying “Niggardly” Senator Under Fire For Saying “Niggardly”
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Once again, someone is getting in trouble for using the word “niggardly”. On Thursday, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) used the word in response to a question about spending for veterans. He said, in part: “Of course we’re falling short,” he …

Poolmageddon Gets A 60 Day Stay Of Execution Poolmageddon Gets A 60 Day Stay Of Execution

The completely outrageous act by the Department of Justice that people have labeled “PoolMageddon”, has been issued a 60 day stay of executive . The American with Disabilities move would have forced hunders of thousands of pools “to supply a …

Senate Introduces Global Cybercrime Enforcement Bill Senate Introduces Global Cybercrime Enforcement Bill
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The U.S. is trying to dabble in policing the Internet again, but in a vastly different way. Meet S.1469 or the International Cybercrime Reporting and Cooperation Act. The bill was introduced recently into the Senate by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of …

House Passes STOCK Act By Huge Margin House Passes STOCK Act By Huge Margin

In his State of the Union address last month President Obama told the nation that if Congress sent him a bill to ban insider trading by members of Congress he would sign it without hesitation. Well, last week the Senate …

BREAKING: Harry Reid Delays PIPA Vote BREAKING: Harry Reid Delays PIPA Vote

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has decided to postpone action on the Protect IP Act. In a statement, Reid said “In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday’s vote on the PROTECT IP Act.” From the Senator’s …

Mitch McConnell On PIPA: Put It On Ice Mitch McConnell On PIPA: Put It On Ice
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Wednesday’s internet-wide SOPA / PIPA protests, by many measures, were greatly successful. Google said that on that day alone, 4.5 million people signed their homepage petition against the legislation – and that number grew by millions on Thursday. The social …

SOPA / PIPA: Orrin Hatch Withdraws Support After Blackout SOPA / PIPA: Orrin Hatch Withdraws Support After Blackout

Yesterday’s SOPA blackout is turning out to be an amazingly effective protest. After angry internet users spent yesterday calling and emailing their Congressional representatives (and even sending telegrams), support for SOPA and PIPA is dropping in a big hurry. Yesterday …