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EU gives companies two years to comply with sweeping new privacy laws

Companies could face massive fines in 25 European Union countries if they mishandle citizens' personal information, under a new privacy law due to take effect in 2018.

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Apple probably won’t find out how the FBI hacked the San Bernardino iPhone

And the iPhone 5c in question hasn’t yielded significant evidence in the crime, according to a report.

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More than 43,000 sign petition against U.S. encryption-breaking bill

More than 43,000 people have signed a petition against proposed U.S. legislation that would require tech companies to break into their users' encrypted data when ordered to by a judge.

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Cyberattack could knock out huge swath of US electric grid, lawmakers say

The U.S. government is not prepared for a cyberattack on the electrical grid that takes out power over a large area for weeks, or even months, some lawmakers said.

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FBI reportedly bought exploit from hackers to access San Bernardino iPhone

The FBI reportedly paid professional hackers a one-time fee for a previously unknown vulnerability that allowed the agency to unlock the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook.

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House panel moves to require warrants for stored data

A U.S. House of Representatives committee has voted to approve a bill that would give new email and cloud-stored data new privacy protections from law enforcement searches.

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IRS security is failing taxpayers, senator says

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service, the Congress, and private electronic tax-filing vendors aren't doing enough to protect the personal information of taxpayers, senators said Tuesday.

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Microsoft endorses EU-US Privacy Shield data sharing pact

Microsoft is throwing its weight behind the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield agreement, which is intended to safeguard the privacy of European Union citizens when their personal information is exported to the U.S. for processing.

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Unsealed court order shows Apple was ordered to unlock a phone in Boston too

The ACLU is pushing for more transparency in the government's use of the All Writs Act to compel Apple and Google to unlock smartphones for law enforcement.

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Proposed U.S. law would require tech companies to help defeat encryption

A proposal from two senior U.S. senators would force tech companies to give technical assistance to law enforcement agencies trying to break into encrypted devices.

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The FCC aims to restore competition in the business broadband market, may help slash costs

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is planning to rework its business broadband regulations, with some groups hoping the agency's action could save businesses tens of billions of dollars.

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Public doesn't support federal takeover of drone regulation

More than two-thirds of the U.S. public doesn't support a federal government takeover of drone regulation, despite a push in Congress to preempt state and local drone rules, according to a new survey.

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White House won't support encryption unlocking legislation

President Barack Obama's administration won't support legislation to force device makers to help law enforcement agencies defeat encryption, according to a news report.

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People like ISPs to play favorites on mobile data caps, says survey by mobile carrier group

Most mobile phone customers actually like when providers exempt selected video, music, and other online services from their monthly data caps, despite complaints that the practice violates net neutrality rules.

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FBI says hack tool only works on iPhone 5c

FBI Director James Comey said late Wednesday at Kenyon College that a tool that the agency bought to crack the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino killer only works on the iPhone 5c running iOS 9.