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Extend surveillance, says Sen. Mitch McConnell

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a bill that would grant intelligence agencies authority under the USA PATRIOT Act to continue mass surveillance until 2020

'Aaron's Law' returns to Congress

'Aaron's Law' returns to Congress

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Proposed legislation would rein in the CFAA to avoid overzealous prosecution.

House panel gives go-ahead to cyber bill

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Following years of wrangling in Congress and a slew of headline-grabbing breaches, the House gave the go-ahead to a cybersecurity bill.

Cybersecurity bills move forward on Capitol Hill

Cybersecurity bills move forward on Capitol Hill

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A flurry of legislative activity on Capitol Hill hints that Congress may be shaking off its inertia and there may be some long-awaited forward movement on key issues.

China suspends tech requirements that drew global concern

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Chinese regulators have suspended rules that heavily policed foreign technology, after backlash from its own banks.

Revenge porn site operator Bollaert sentenced to 18 years

Revenge porn site operator Bollaert sentenced to 18 years

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Kevin Bollaert, 28, operated the now-infamous revenge porn sites U Got Posted and Change My Reputation.

Virginia passes digital identity law

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The law ushers in technical and data standards for verifying individuals' identities during digital or online transactions.

Facebook tracks internet users without consent, breaking EU law

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New research from the EU suggests that Facebook is tracking internet users' web browsing habits, even if they've opted out of the feature or haven't registered with the social media site.

British court dismisses Google appeal

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A British court has dismissed Google's appeal to prevent consumers from being able to sue the company over its alleged tracking of Safari users.

Data breach notification bill advances in U.S. House

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Legislation requiring companies to meet security standards and notify customers of data breaches has moved forward in the U.S. House of Representatives.

California Senate Public Safety Committee advances stingray bill

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The California Electronic Communications Privacy Act passed the California Senate Public Safety Committee on Tuesday.

Protecting Cyber Networks Act introduced by House committee

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A new 'threat sharing' cybersecurity bill was introduced by leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee.

Legislators set to introduce student privacy bill

Legislators set to introduce student privacy bill

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On Monday, Reps. Luke Messer and Jared Polis will reportedly introduce the legislation in the House.

Privacy buffs say amended CISA bill can still further gov't surveillance

Privacy buffs say amended CISA bill can still further gov't surveillance

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The threat information-sharing bill was approved by the Senate Intelligence Committee last week.

Obama Administration sets record for withholding FOIA requests

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The Obama administration has set another record for withholding government files under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.

Report: committee approves rule change that expands FBI's hacking authority

Report: committee approves rule change that expands FBI's hacking authority

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If modified, Rule 41 would give judges the ability to grant search warrants for electronic information located outside their judicial district.

Obama administration seeks additional authority to combat botnets

Obama administration seeks additional authority to combat botnets

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The Obama administration announced a proposed amendment to existing law that would give federal courts more authority in the ongoing was against botnets.

U.S. senator introduces bill aimed at federal breach notification standard

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U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is ready to introduce a bill aimed at putting in place a federal standard that organizations across the country would abide by.

CISA passes Senate committee, raises privacy concerns

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The act contains a dozen amendments made in a closed door session before the Senate Intelligence Committee voted.

Experts debate whether 'right to be forgotten' should be adopted in the U.S.

Experts debate whether 'right to be forgotten' should be adopted in the U.S.

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Four privacy and technology experts met on Wednesday night to debate the ruling and whether it should be implemented in the U.S.

Ramirez: FTC focus on data security, fraud, cross device tracking

Ramirez: FTC focus on data security, fraud, cross device tracking

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FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez says the agency will continue to ramp up its expertise to protect consumer privacy.

Online Trust Alliance pens letter to Congress over federal data breach notification law

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The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) wrote a letter to Congress earlier this week in response to the recently proposed Personal Data Notification & Protection Act.

ACLU and EFF, among others, voice dissatisfaction with CISA bill

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Various civil society organizations and security experts penned a letter to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence over their dissatisfaction with the recently drafted Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA).

Revenge porn site operators ordered to pay plaintiff $900,000

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Last year, the operators of ugotposted[.]com were ordered to pay $385,000 in a default judgment.

Proposed Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act doesn't go far enough, critics say

Proposed Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act doesn't go far enough, critics say

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The White House released a draft of its Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act on Friday to wide criticism from the greater privacy and technology communities.

The agency that stepped up: Federal Trade Commission

The agency that stepped up: Federal Trade Commission

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has become the de facto enforcer of data privacy laws and regulations, reports Lee Sustar.

New Jersey Congressmen to reintroduce privacy bill

New Jersey Congressmen to reintroduce privacy bill

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Two legislators reintroduce bill aimed at protecting consumers from data breaches.

U.K. to make 'revenge porn' a crime

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Queen Elizabeth II approved the bill on Thursday.

EFF throws support behind Calif. electronic privacy law

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation has come out in support of an email privacy act that would overhaul California law.

White House to hold cybersecurity summit, Apple's Cook to speak

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The White House will hold a cybersecurity summit on Friday at Stanford University and the Apple CEO will be one of the speakers.

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