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Sweden won't enforce data retention law against ISP that deleted metadata

Other European countries were not so quick to suspend enforcement after an EU court ruled that data retention laws violate privacy Full Story »
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Lawmakers Push US Attorney General for NSA Surveillance Changes

Modifications proposed by the Obama administration to the U.S. phone records collection program aren't enough, some say

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Businesses Face Rising Political Pressure From Data Breaches

The data breaches like the one at Target and more recently a unit of credit bureau Experian are fueling consumer protection efforts that could have an impact on business.

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Feds Aim to Regulate Healthcare IT While Doing No Harm to Innovation

A joint report from the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT, the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Communications Commission provides guidance on how the government intends to regulate clinical healthcare applications without stifling innovation.

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EU votes net neutrality into law, abolishes mobile roaming charges

The European Parliament has adopted the strictest of three definitions of net neutrality

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Report: Obama to Unveil Legislation to End NSA Bulk Phone Data Collection

Phone data will now be stored with telecommunications carriers rather than with the U.S. National Security Agency

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Brazil to Drop Requirement That Internet Firms Store Data Locally

The country had planned legislation asking foreign Internet companies to store data of Brazilians locally

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USPTO to Examine DMCA Take-down Process

The agency will host a meeting Thurday to look into ways to improve the process

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European Net Neutrality Law Clears Committee Hurdle

The proposal ends roaming charges and permits 'specialized services' by ISPs

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As IT Presses for More H-1B Visas, Academics Question STEM Worker Shortage

Amid simmering debate in Washington over immigration reform, scholars challenge the notion that the United States faces a widespread shortage of workers educated in science, technology engineering and math.

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U.S. House Considers Alternatives to Internet Sales Tax Bill

The U.S. Congress needs to consider alternatives to a Senate-passed bill that would require online retailers to collect sales tax based on the location of their customers, the chairman of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee said Wednesday.

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Europe approves new data protection law, tech industry reps dismayed

European Parliament gives massive support to stronger data protection rules

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ONC Stresses Flexible EHR Strategy

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is taking incremental steps to make life easier for healthcare providers struggling to meet the criteria for the meaningful use of electronic health record technology. It's welcome relief for overburdened organizations -- but is it enough to meet their demands for improved interoperability?

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U.S. Lawmakers Call for Data Protection Standards to Avoid Breaches

The U.S. Congress should mandate that banks, retailers and payment card processors adopt new security standards to protect against widespread data breaches, some lawmakers said Wednesday.

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Second Federal 'Kill-Switch' Bill Introduced Targeting Smartphone Theft

A second federal bill that proposes "kill-switch" technology be made mandatory in smartphones as a means to reduce theft of the devices was introduced Monday.