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Jaikumar Vijayan is a freelance technology writer specializing in computer security and privacy topics. Disclosure: He also writes for Hewlett-Packad's marketing website TechBeacon.

Privacy Tussle Brews Over Social Media Monitoring

A major tussle is emerging in the debate over how government agencies can gather and use information posted publicly on social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

FBI Says Social Media Monitoring Won't Infringe Privacy Rights

The FBI said its proposed plans to monitor social media sites to improve real-time situation awareness will be fully vetted by the agency's Privacy and Civil...

FDA Defends Monitoring Whistleblowers' Email

The FDA says it monitored the private email accounts of nine agency whistleblowers starting in 2010 to determine whether any of them leaked confidential information to the public.

FBI Declares Cloud Vendors Must Meet CJIS Security Rules

The FBI Tuesday reaffirmed its rule that all cloud products sold to to U.S. law enforcement agencies must comply with the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) security requirements.

Copyright Lawsuit Targets Owners of Non-secure Wireless Networks

A federal lawsuit filed in Massachusetts could test the question of whether individuals who leave their wireless networks unsecured can be held liable if someone uses the network to illegally download copyrighted content.

Lawsuit Raises Issue of E-Mail Privacy at Work

Whistleblowers say their private e-mails were extensively monitored after complained about irregularities at the FDA; did they have a reasonable expectation of privacy?

Lawmaker Pushes Consumer Notification Bill in Wake of Carrier IQ Concerns

U.S. Rep. Edward Markey has proposed a bill that would require all phone companies to notify consumers of any user tracking and monitoring software in their cell phones.

SOPA/PIPA: Down But Not Out (Yet)

Despite some serious setbacks, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) are still alive and still contain several controversial provisions.

Supporters of SOPA, PIPA Stick to Their Guns

Beleaguered supporters of two online antipiracy bills today downplayed widespread protests against the legislation and insisted the opposition is misguided and misinformed.

Congress May Investigate Carrier IQ Privacy Complaints

Three members of the U.S. House have called for a Congressional hearing on issues raised by the use of the Carrier IQ's software by wireless carriers.

Supporters Ask Vote Delay on Controversial Internet Copyright Law

Constituent comments may have been heard: six backers of the Protect IP Act have asked the U.S. Senate to postpone a scheduled January vote to permit more debate.

Carriers Admit Handsets Run Carrier IQ

Sprint says 26 million handsets are loaded with the monitoring program, while AT&T Claims it's on 900,000 of its phones.

FBI Rejects FOIA Request for Carrier IQ Info

The FBI has denied a request for the release of information regarding its use of Carrier IQ's software, saying that releasing such information could interfere with ongoing law enforcement operations.

Feds Launch Cloud Security Standards Program

Federal agencies will soon have a government-wide security standard for assessing, authorizing and monitoring cloud products and services.

Apple, 7 Companies Hit with Lawsuit Over Carrier IQ Software

The lawsuit is the third to be filed since the privacy controversy started last week.