Senate Denies Request To Consider Bill To Block Government Hacking Expansion

Washington — Senator Ron Wyden today asked for Senate approval by unanimous consent of his Stopping Mass Hacking Act (S. 2952), which would temporarily block a dangerous expansion of the government’s hacking authority from taking effect. Unfortunately, other members of the chamber objected to Senator Wyden’s move to stop the government from gaining sweeping new…

Tech Industry Warns Against French-German Plans To Weaken Encryption

Brussels, BELGIUM — French Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, and German Interior Minister, Thomas de Maizière today called for a range of European security-related initiatives in Paris.  The ministers want their proposals discussed by the EU Heads of State and Government on 16 September. Cazeneuve welcomed the “undeniable progress” made by Internet operators to quickly remove…

CCIA Offers Comments On FCC Proposal To Make Business Data Services More Competitive

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association filed comments Tuesday on the FCC’s proposed new rules for the business broadband marketplace. These business data services (BDS), formerly known as “special access,” are used for transactions like credit card processing or ATM withdrawals, and by schools, hospitals, libraries and businesses that require dedicated transmission lines…

Privacy Shield Adopted: Clarity For Firms, Privacy Win For Consumers

Brussels, Belgium —  The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, the new framework for transatlantic data transfers, was adopted in Brussels today after EU Member States approved it last week. Privacy Shield was unveiled by European Justice Commissioner, Věra Jourová and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. The European Commission has in its recent negotiations obtained a number of…