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White House privacy proposal aims to give consumers control over data

Some privacy advocates, however, say the draft bill limits privacy enforcement actions by the Federal Trade Commission

Republican bill would overturn FCC municipal broadband decision

The new legislation would prevent the agency from moving forward with its decision to preempt state laws restricting city broadband


FCC votes to overturn state laws limiting municipal broadband

Republican commissioners say the agency's action will likely be overturned by U.S. courts

Broadband advocates urge Republicans to overturn FCC on net neutrality

With the FCC's vote coming up, some people say Congress should move forward with its own plan

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How Regulators and Legislators Make it Harder for You to Use Solar Power

While solar power is leading other sources for new electrical capacity, the distributed power movement, where homeowners and businesses deploy photovoltaic panels on site, is under assault by utilities and fossil fuel interests.

Drone backers mostly welcome FAA's proposed rules

Industry watchers are generally pleased with the proposed commercial drone rules

Proposal for altered data retention law is still unlawful, Dutch DPA says

Obliging telecom companies to retain customer data for months to help the police catch criminals is disproportionate, the DPA said

US government courts Silicon Valley on cybersecurity

A day-long summit in Silicon Valley hopes to promote better information sharing with private companies

EU air passenger surveillance system could be ready for take-off by year end

Only the Greens in the European Parliament still oppose the plan

US lawmakers introduce two bills to protect email privacy

Both bills would require law enforcement agencies to get court-ordered warrants for older stored communications

Pro-net neutrality rally in 2014

Muni Broadband Providers Clash Over Title II Net Neutrality Reforms

Nothing comes easy in the net neutrality battle. Take how different municipal broadband providers disagree over FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal to reclassify broadband providers as public utilities under Title II of the...

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Patent Trolls: Congress Gets Down to Business

A bipartisan consensus to address the issue is building in Washington.

Lawmakers question White House influence on FCC's net neutrality turnaround

The House oversight committee asks whether Obama improperly steered Wheeler toward a tougher stance

Privacy groups want investigation of big data acquisitions

The regulatory agency should conduct stricter reviews before granting approval to big data deals, four groups say

Sharing mass surveillance data was illegal but is now OK, UK tribunal rules

British intelligence agency GCHQ is pleased that the UK's bulk interception regime is now lawful

Lawmakers try again to curb abusive patent lawsuits

The Innovation Act attempts to reduce patent lawsuits by so-called trolls

Cyberthreat sharing must include strong privacy protections, advocates say

Lawmakers will push for information-sharing legislation, but some groups want them to address past privacy concerns

EU air passenger database about to take flight, but critics want it grounded

The EC is reportedly working on a plan to implement a Passenger Name Record (PNR) system, although a previous attempt failed

France wants to hold social media networks accountable for hate speech

A draft law will be prepared to make this happen, the French president said

EU should oblige Internet firms to hand over encryption keys, says antiterrorist advisor

Law enforcement access to encrypted communications is needed, says the EU's Counter-Terrorism Coordinator

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