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  • Proposed US data breach notification bill criticized as too weak

    By Grant Gross | 19 March, 2015 05:30

    Proposed legislation that would require U.S. businesses to notify affected customers after data breaches is too weak because it would preempt stronger breach notification laws in several states and it wouldn't cover several classes of data, including geolocation and health information, critics told lawmakers.

  • Lawmakers grill FCC's Wheeler about Obama influence on net neutrality

    By Grant Gross | 18 March, 2015 05:59

    Republican lawmakers repeatedly accused the U.S. Federal Communications Commission of being improperly influenced by President Barack Obama during the agency's recent net neutrality proceeding, but lawmakers failed to produce solid evidence during a hearing Tuesday.

  • Senate panel secretly approves cyberthreat sharing bill

    By Grant Gross | 13 March, 2015 13:28

    A U.S. Senate committee has voted in secret to approve a controversial bill that seeks to encourage businesses to share information about cyberthreats with each other and with government agencies.

  • Obama administration's encryption concerns meant to start a debate

    By Grant Gross | 13 March, 2015 06:58

    U.S. President Barack Obama's administration still believes in the use of encryption to protect digital information, even after top officials have questioned how law enforcement agencies will get access to data on encrypted devices, a White House advisor said.

  • Lawmakers target data brokers in privacy bill

    By Grant Gross | 06 March, 2015 06:22

    Four U.S. senators have resurrected legislation that would allow consumers to see and correct personal information held by data brokers and tell those businesses to stop sharing or selling it for marketing purposes.

  • NTIA to push for drone privacy standards

    By Grant Gross | 05 March, 2015 05:28

    The U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration plans to host a series of meetings with interested people aimed at developing best practices for protecting privacy in the burgeoning aerial drone industry.

  • Privacy advocates find Obama proposal lacking

    By Grant Gross | 04 March, 2015 06:52

    A consumer privacy proposal from U.S. President Barack Obama's administration gives people too little control over their personal data and companies too much latitude to use that information, a coalition of 14 privacy and digital rights groups said.

  • FCC passes net neutrality rules, reclassifies broadband as utility

    By Grant Gross | 27 February, 2015 05:20

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has voted to approve new net neutrality rules by reclassifying broadband as a regulated public utility, over the objections of the commission's Republican members and large broadband providers.

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