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Oct 22, 2013

U.S. proposes minimal corporate cybersecurity standards

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. bureau on Tuesday unveiled a draft of voluntary standards that companies can adopt to boost cybersecurity – part of an attempt to protect critical industries without setting restrictive and costly regulations.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a nonregulatory agency that is part of the Department of Commerce, issued the so-called framework following input from some 3,000 industry and academic experts.

Oct 17, 2013

U.S. Senator Cruz blocks confirmation of new FCC chairman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Senator Ted Cruz, a conservative whose defiant stand against Obamacare helped prompt the U.S. government shutdown, has blocked the Senate from voting on the nomination of Tom Wheeler to be Federal Communications Commission chairman.

The Senate was scheduled to vote on Wheeler, a Democrat and telecom industry veteran, late on Wednesday. Cruz held up the vote over questions about the FCC’s power to enforce disclosures of who sponsors political television advertising.

Oct 1, 2013

U.S. government workers feel sting of being ‘non-essential’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government shutdown has divided hundreds of thousands of workers into “essential” and “non-essential,” bruising egos and leaving many grappling with the financial toll of unpaid leave.

“I’m heading in to be non-essential,” said one jeans-clad Environmental Protection Agency worker as she joined many others headed to work on Monday to cancel upcoming meetings, lock up files and put out-of-office messages on email and voicemail.

Sep 27, 2013

NSA staff used spy tools on spouses, ex-lovers: watchdog

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – At least a dozen U.S. National Security Agency employees have been caught using secret government surveillance tools to spy on the emails or phone calls of their current or former spouses and lovers in the past decade, according to the intelligence agency’s internal watchdog.

The practice is known in intelligence world shorthand as “LOVEINT” and was disclosed by the NSA Office of the Inspector General in response to a request by the Senate Judiciary Committee’s top Republican Charles Grassley for a report on abuses of the NSA’s surveillance authority.

Sep 27, 2013

U.S. internal watchdog finds NSA workers spied on significant others

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – At least a dozen U.S. National Security Agency employees have abused secret surveillance programs in the past decade, most often to spy on their significant others, according to the latest findings of the agency’s internal watchdog.

In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s top Republican, Charles Grassley, NSA Inspector General George Ellard outlined 12 instances of “intentional misuse” of the agency’s intelligence gathering programs since January 1, 2003.

Sep 18, 2013

Facebook’s Zuckerberg says U.S. spying hurt users’ trust

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Facebook Inc CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday said revelations about U.S. government surveillance hurt users’ trust in Internet companies and that knowing more about the programs would help relieve some of the public concerns.

In a rare appearance in Washington at an event hosted by the Atlantic magazine, the 29-year-old social media billionaire urged the federal government to tell the general public more about the requests for data it makes to Internet companies.

Sep 9, 2013

Questions on charges feature in U.S. hearing on Web rules

WASHINGTON, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Judges hearing an appeal by
Verizon Communications Inc of the U.S. government’s open
internet rules spent much of their time on Wednesday focused on
what sorts of charges levied on websites would be considered
illegal blocking.

The 2011 rules required internet providers to treat all
traffic equally and to give consumers equal access to all lawful
content, even where that content might compete with aspects of
the Internet provider’s business.

Sep 9, 2013

PREVIEW: U.S. court takes on Internet traffic fight

WASHINGTON, Sept 9 (Reuters) – A potential landmark case for
U.S. regulation of Internet traffic goes before a panel of
federal judges on Monday, testing whether the Federal
Telecommunications Commission has authority to enforce so-called
net neutrality rules.

Net neutrality is the principle that Internet users should
be able to access any Web content and use any applications they
choose, without restrictions or varying charges imposed by the
Internet service provider or the government.

Sep 9, 2013

U.S. court takes on Internet traffic fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A potential landmark case for U.S. regulation of Internet traffic goes before a panel of federal judges on Monday, testing whether the Federal Telecommunications Commission has authority to enforce so-called net neutrality rules.

Net neutrality is the principle that Internet users should be able to access any Web content and use any applications they choose, without restrictions or varying charges imposed by the Internet service provider or the government.

Aug 30, 2013

Justice Department talks with Microsoft and Google stall

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Justice’s talks with Microsoft Corp and Google Inc have hit a wall as the government pushes back at the tech companies’ demand for the ability to disclose the now-secret data requests they receive.

Microsoft’s general counsel, Brad Smith, on Friday described as a failure the outcome of the companies’ recent negotiations with the government over the disclosure of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court orders the companies receive.

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      "Alina Selyukh is covering campaign finance this year. Starting as a journalist in her native town of Samara in Russia, she spent five years in Lincoln, Nebraska before moving to the East Coast to work for Reuters. A former intern and graduate trainee, Selyukh has covered energy, IPOs, healthcare policy and FDA."
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