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House Approves Bill to Let Internet Service Providers Sell Your Browsing History

John D. McKinnon | WSJ,  Rule had required telecommunications firms to get permission to market customers’ app, web-browsing history. House lawmakers on Tuesday voted to overturn an Obama-era privacy rule for broadband providers, buoying telecommunications firms but potentially muddying consumer-protection standards. The vote, largely along party lines, was 215 to 205. The rule, adopted by

U.S. court to hear arguments in warrantless NSA spying case

A U.S. appeals court will weigh a constitutional challenge on Wednesday to a warrantless government surveillance program brought by an Oregon man found guilty of attempting to detonate a bomb in 2010 during a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony. The case before a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is the first of

U.S. senator, opposing FBI email data grabs, places hold on spy bill

A Democratic senator on Monday prevented legislation from being quickly considered that would expand the FBI’s power to use secretive surveillance orders to obtain some Internet records, arguing it would lead to a “dramatic erosion” of U.S. privacy rights. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon placed a hold on the annual Intelligence Authorization Act, which grants

Senate votes down proposal to expand FBI surveillance powers

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted down a Republican-backed proposal to expand the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s secretive surveillance powers after the mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub last week. The measure followed the Senate’s rejection on Monday of four measures that would have restricted gun sales. During Wednesday’s vote, Senate Republican leader Mitch

Senator Rand Paul to back bill blocking FBI hacking expansion

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul plans to become the first Republican co-sponsor of legislation to block a pending judicial rule change that would let U.S. judges issue search warrants for remote access to computers located in any jurisdiction, his office told Reuters on Thursday. The bill is expected to be introduced next week. Backing from Paul,

U.S. high court approves rule change to expand FBI hacking power

The Supreme Court on Thursday approved a rule change that would let U.S. judges issue search warrants for access to computers located in any jurisdiction despite opposition from civil liberties groups who say it will greatly expand the FBI’s hacking authority. U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts transmitted the rules to Congress, which will have until

PayPal pulls North Carolina plan after transgender bathroom law

PayPal Holdings Inc on Tuesday canceled plans to open a global operations center in Charlotte, North Carolina and invest $3.6 million in the area after the state passed a controversial law targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizens. The digital payment company’s protest is the first by a major business after North Carolina became the