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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Senate Votes to Ban Kaspersky Lab Products From Government Networks

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Congressman Reintroduces the Personal Data Notification and Protection Act

Following the Equifax data breach, Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus, reintroduced the Personal Data Notification and Protection Act, which provides for a single national breach notification standard. The bill requires that companies notify...
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Legislator Introduces Bill to Provide Americans With Free Credit Protections

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., on Thursday introduced legislation to allow Americans to protect themselves from financial fraud at no cost. This is response to reports that millions of Americans’ personally identifiable and credit card information was exposed in...
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Legislators Introduce Bill Tasking Credit Report Companies With Greater Accountability

Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass,), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) introduced legislation on Thursday to require accountability and transparency for data brokers like Equifax who are collecting and selling personal and sensitive information about...
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Legislators Request Information on Equifax Breach, Say Incident Most Costly Yet

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) on Monday called on Equifax Inc., to respond to reports that the firm experienced a data breach exposing personally identifiable information such as Social Security numbers,...
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Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Protect Aircraft from Drones

U.S. Representative Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) last week introduced the Drone Operator Safety Act, a bill to help protect American air traffic from the misuse of drones. The bill would make it a criminal offense to...
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Hurd Introduces Smart Wall Legislation

U.S. Representative Will Hurd (R-TX) last week introduced the Secure Miles with All Resources and Technology (SMART) Act. Representatives Henry Cuellar (D-TX), David G. Valadao (R-CA), Steve Knight (R-CA), Steve Pearce (R-NM), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Keith Rothfus...
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Senators Introduce Long Overdue Bill to Improve Security of IoT Devices

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), co-chairs of the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, along with Sens. Ron Wyden (D-WA) and Steve Daines (R-MT) on Tuesday introduced bipartisan legislation to improve the cybersecurity of Internet-connected devices. The...
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AIRWAVES Act to Expedite Introduction of High Speed Wireless to Rural Areas

Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) on Tuesday introduced the Advancing Innovation and Reinvigorating Widespread Access to Viable Electromagnetic Spectrum (AIRWAVES) Act, which is aimed at encouraging the federal government to continue to free up spectrum for...
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Senators Introduce Legislation to Combat Cybercrime

A bipartisan pair of senators on Thursday introduced legislation aimed at combating cybercrime against U.S. computer networks. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN) introduced legislation to combat cyberattacks...
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Google Slammed With Record $2.7B Fine by EU in Antitrust Case

The European Commission slammed Google with a €2.42 billion ($2.7 billion) fine on Tuesday for breaching EU antitrust rules. According to EU antitrust regulators, Google has abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage...
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Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Protect Online Privacy

Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) on Thursday introduced the Balancing the Rights of Web Surfers Equally and Responsibly (BROWSER) Act of 2017 to protect the online privacy of Americans. The legislation designates the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)...
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PATCH Act: Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Establish Govt. Cyber Vulnerability Review Board

A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a bill Wednesday that aims to prevent another mass leak of government-owned hacking tools, by forcing the government to present its haul of undisclosed zero-day exploits it uses to target computers and networks...
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House Passes Hurd-Connolly IT Modernization Bill

A bill to create avenues for agencies to modernize their IT systems passed the House in a floor vote Wednesday. The Hurd-Connolly Modernizing Government Technology Act maintains that current aging government technology is not only expensive and inefficient, but also...
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Congress Launches Advanced Energy Storage Caucus to Bipartisan Support

U.S. Representatives Chris Collins (R-NY) and Mark Takano (D-CA) launched the Advanced Energy Storage Caucus in Congress last week, joined by executives from leading utilities, developers, and manufacturers of storage technologies. The focus of the Caucus is to educate Members...
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House Panel Passes Bill Aimed at Helping Small Businesses Improve Their Cyber Defenses

The House Science Committee passed legislation Tuesday requiring the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the government’s cybersecurity standards agency, to provide guidance and other resources to small businesses to help them bolster their cyber posture. H.R. 2105, the...
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Senator Introduces Bill to Nullify FCC’s Open Internet Order

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) on Monday introduced a bill that would nullify the Federal Communications Commission’s 2015 Open Internet Order and prohibit the FCC from issuing a similar rule in the future. The bill, Restoring Internet Freedom Act, is...
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Lawmakers Launch Bipartisan Digital Trade Caucus

Reps. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) and Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) launched the Congressional Digital Trade Caucus Monday to promote a U.S. trade policy that works in the digital economy. Digital trade accounts for more than half of U.S. service exports. The United...
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Lawmakers Reintroduce IT Modernization Bill in Congress

A bipartisan group of lawmakers has reintroduced the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT), a federal IT reform package is designed to reduce wasteful IT spending and strengthen information security by accelerating the federal government’s transition to modern technology like cloud...
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Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Bolster Cybersecurity Resources for Small Businesses

A bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday introduced the Making Available Information Now to Strengthen Trust and Resilience and Enhance Enterprise Technology (MAIN STREET) Cybersecurity Act. The new legislation will provide a consistent set of resources for small businesses...
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House Passes Bill to Allow ISPs Collect Users’ Personal Data Without Permission

The House voted Tuesday 215 to 205 to block internet privacy rules passed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last year. The FCC rules aimed to give consumers greater autonomy over how ISPs could use their data. The recently...
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Sen. Warner Questions D.C.’s Metro on Cyberattack Preparedness

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) on Monday grilled the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) on three areas related to systems communication – specifically cybersecurity operations, wireless communication, and interoperability of first-responder communications systems after radio problems hindered...
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Rule 41 Senate Block Fails: US Government Surveillance Powers Now Expanded

A final attempt by a bipartisan group of senators Wednesday to allow a vote to block a new rule that grants federal agents armed with a single search warrant the authority to hack millions of Americans' computers or smartphones...
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Lawmakers Say DOJ ‘Dodged’ Senate Questions About Government Hacking

Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. and Chris Coons, D-Del., said Tuesday they are “deeply disappointed with the Justice Department’s failure to substantively answer” many of the questions by 23 U.S. lawmakers about a new expanded mass hacking authority that is...
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Lawmaker Urges FTC to Investigate Office Depot Over Reports of Unnecessary Computer Repairs

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) sent a letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez urging the agency to investigate allegations that Office Depot is causing consumers to buy unnecessary computer repair packages and software. The allegations against Office...
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U.S. Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Stall Implementation of Enhanced Government Hacking Powers

U.S. lawmakers have introduced a bipartisan bill aimed at delaying controversial changes to search and seizure rules that would facilitate certain forms of hacking by law enforcement. The Review the Rule Act aims to delay for discussion proposed amendments to Rule 41...
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U.S. Lawmakers Examine the Role of Connected Devices in Recent Cyber Attacks

The Communications and Technology Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), and the Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), on Wednesday held a hearing examining the recent series of Internet of Things...
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OMB Updates Policies for Federal Agency Public Websites and Digital Services

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memo on Tuesday to heads of Executive departments and agencies informing them of updates to Federal Agency public websites and digital services. Federal Agency public websites and digital services include online...
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ONC’s Report to Congress Focuses on Interoperability and Future of Health IT

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), a staff division of the Office of the Secretary, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has issued its annual report to Congress on the...
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House Committees to Probe Cyberattack Against Dyn

The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) and the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, chaired by Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), have scheduled a joint hearing for Wednesday, November 16, to probe...
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Industry Group Urges Senate to Act on IT Modernization Bill

The Professional Services Council (PSC), sent a letter last week to leaders in the Senate, urging the Senate to take action on H.R. 6004, the “Modernizing Government Technology Act of 2016,” before the end of the legislative session. The bill...
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U.S. Lawmakers Query Justice Department on New Hacking Rules

A bipartisan group of legislators on Thursday signed a letter asking the Department of Justice (DOJ) to clarify how forthcoming rule changes to the scope of government hacking powers could affect citizens’ privacy. Scheduled to go into effect on December...
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U.S. Senator Probes Bot-Laden DDoS Attack on Dyn, Lack of Security of IoT Devices

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and co-founder of the bipartisan Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, is seeking for solutions to prevent cyber actors from wreaking havoc using consumer IoT products.  Warner sent...
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Proposed Bill to Give Tax Credits for Cyber Insurance

This month, Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) introduced a new bill, H.R. 6032, the Data Breach Insurance Act. The bill would provide a 15 percent tax deduction on premium paid for businesses that purchase data breach insurance. To receive the credit,...
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Democratic Senators Call Yahoo’s Delay in Announcing Breach ‘Unaccpetable’

Pressure continues to mount on Yahoo as repercussions from the recently announced massive breach stack up. Six democratic senators have written a scathing letter to Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, calling the delay in reporting the 2014 breach of over...
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Sen. Mark Warner Urges SEC to Investigate Yahoo Breach

Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) has called on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to investigate whether Yahoo properly notified the public and its investors of the massive security breach that affected at least 500 million user accounts. "Disclosure is the...
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Lawmakers Form Bipartisan Congressional Blockchain Caucus

A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Monday announced the creation of a Congressional Blockchain Caucus dedicated to the advancement of sound public policy toward cryptocurrencies and other blockchain-based technologies. “Blockchain technology has the potential to revolutionize the financial services industry,...
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House Unanimously Passes Modernizing Government Technology Act

The Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act passed on a voice vote by the House, Thursday. The legislation sponsored by Representatives Will Hurd, Gerry Connolly, Jason Chaffetz, Congressman Elijah Cummings, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, and Congressman Mark Meadows, is aimed at...
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Yahoo Hack: Blumenthal Calls for Congressional Action on Data Breach and Security

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) has called for Congress to enact data breach and security legislation following Yahoo’s Thursday disclosure of a 2014 data breach. The breach affected well over 500 million users, making it the largest publicly disclosed...
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New Cyber Bill Proposes Agency Heads be Fired When Breaches Occur

A bill introduced in the House this week by Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-La., proposes that agency heads be demoted, fired or subjected to disciplinary action if a data breach occurs under their watch. Titled, the Cybersecurity Responsibility and Accountability Act...
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U.S. Treasury Pressures EU to Rescind Apple Tax Ruling

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Wednesday the European Commission's order that Apple pay back taxes to Ireland could negatively affect Europe's economic outlook. He made this observation at an event to discuss Washington's position ahead of a...
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House Passes Two Bills Aimed At Encouraging Startup Investing

The House on Tuesday voted 394-4 to pass a measure aimed at reworking regulations for crowdfunding. The bill, H.R. 4855, (Fix Crowdfunding Act) attracted bipartisan support and easily cruised through the House by a vote of 394 – 4. ...
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Sen. Warren Advocates For Stronger Restrictions On Internet Providers’ Use Of Customer Data

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wrote a letter on Tuesday advocating for strong Federal Communications Commission privacy rules for internet service providers. In the letter, which was addressed to FCC Chairman, Tom Wheeler, she asked for “strong FCC rules to establish...
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Democrats Stage Sit-In On House Floor To Force Gun Control Legislation: Cameras Go Dark

Democrats staged a sit-in on the House floor Wednesday to try and force action on gun control legislation. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), urged his colleagues to “join him on the floor,” and dozens of Democrats obliged him. Shortly after this,...
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Senate Rejects Proposal To Grant FBI Increased Warrantless Surveillance

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday very narrowly voted down a proposal to expand the Federal Bureau of Investigation's secretive surveillance powers following the mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub last week. Privacy-conscious senators blocked the Republican-backed amendment that would...
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Wireless Industry Protest Bill To Remove Cell Phone Subsidies

The wireless industry is protesting a bill that would make it difficult for wireless companies to access subsidies meant to pay for service to low-income earners. Wireless association CTIA sent a letter to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and...
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U.S. Congressman Introduces ‘Cyber Preparedness Act’ To Boost Cybersecurity

U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY) introduced legislation June 14 that would improve collaboration between federal, state, local agencies on cyber threats, as well as reform and strengthen the country’s cybersecurity procedures. The Cyber Preparedness Act, H.R. 5459 uses ideas proposed...
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US Lawmakers Vote Down ‘Backdoor Search Loophole’ In Surveillance Law

House lawmakers on Thursday rejected language that would have prevented US government from implementing the so-called “backdoor search loophole” in current surveillance law. The bipartisan ammendment to the annual Defense appropriations bill failed 198-222. Reps. Thomas Massie (R-KY, 4th) and...
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Senate Committee Greenlights Small Business Exemption From Net Neutrality Regulations

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation today approved a bill to exempt small business owners from the provisions of net neutrality regulations. The Small Business Broadband Deployment Act of 2015 provides “relief from regulatory burdens disproportionately affecting...
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US Senators Create ‘Senate Cybersecurity Caucus’

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced the creation of the ‘Senate Cybersecurity Caucus’ to keep Senators and their staffs informed on major policy issues and developments in cybersecurity.  The announcement which was made at...
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Senate Dem Proposes Creation Of Cyberecurity ‘Millitia’

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., on Monday called for the creation of a cybersecurity "militia" that would help the U.S. bolster its cybersecurity stance, even if it means recruiting people who don't measure up to traditional military recruiting standards. "A single,...
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Facebook, Google, Others ‘Strongly’ Oppose Amendment Of Email Privacy Bill

Facebook, Google and concerned parties are opposing part of a major email privacy bill that they say would dangerously expand what data law enforcement can obtain without a warrant. Specifically, they are opposed to an expansion of the National...
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FTC Says Legislation Based On IoT Privacy Or Data Security ‘Premature’

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has said that any privacy and security data legislation specific to the Internet of Things would currently be premature. FTC staff report recommended that Congress enact more general IoT security and privacy legislation, instead...
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Senators Push For Warrant Protections For Documents of US Residents Stored Overseas

The International Communications Privacy Act, a new bill introduced Wednesday by three senators, aims to close a loophole that allows law enforcement agencies to request emails and other electronic documents without warrants. The new bill would require U.S. law enforcement...
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US House Rejects Bill To Force Carriers To Disclose Phone Location

The U.S. House of Representatives voted May 23 not to force carriers to disclose a phone’s location to law enforcement in the event of an emergency. Lawmakers voted 229-158 to pass the Kelsey Smith Act, falling short of the...
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New Bill Seeks To Block Expansion Of FBI Hacking Authority

A group of bipartisan senators have introduced new legislation Thursday seeking to block a rule change, which would allow the FBI to conduct mass hacking of any computer in the country or even overseas. The one-page legislation from Democratic Senator...
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Regulators Greenlight $19 Billion Acquisition of SanDisk By Western Digital

Transaction Expected to Close Thursday, May 12, 2016 The Ministry of Commerce of China (“MOFCOM”) has approved the acquisition of SanDisk by Western Digital Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC), SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) announced...
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F.C.C. Tweaks Plan To Subsidize Internet Access For Low-Income Americans

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced Tuesday it would extend federal Lifeline subsidies to help cover Internet service costs. People who do not have regular access to the Internet can fall behind in school, at work and in other...
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House of Representatives Pass Asbestos Lawsuits Reform Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill that targets class action lawsuits and the asbestos injury compensation system. H.R. 1927 combines the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act and the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act, or FACT...
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Public Interest Groups Warn Asbestos Bill Could Encourage Online Identity Theft

Public interest groups, led by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Action Fund, are trying to kill a Republican-backed bill aiming to reduce asbestos lawsuit fraud that could receive a vote Thursday. The so-called Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act...
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U.S. Justice Department Files Civil Lawsuit Against Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche For Emissions Violations

The Department of Justice, on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Monday filed a civil complaint in federal court in Detroit, Michigan, against Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, Volkswagen Group of America Inc., Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations...
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NHTSA Fines BMW $40 Million for Recall Violations

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has hit BMW with a $40 million fine after failing to address crash-testing problems on its small Mini vehicles, the latest in a string of automotive companies to be penalized by U.S....
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FCC Declines To Legally Enforce Do Not Track Requests

The United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a new ruling on Friday which states that websites will not be forced to honor “Do Not Track” requests from users. Specifically, the ruling allows companies such as Facebook and Google...
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New British Surveillance Plans Mandate ISPs To Store Internet Activities For a Year

New British surveillance law plans makes it mandatory for service providers to store data related to the internet activity of everyone in Britain. The draft Investigatory Powers Bill published today is mainly targeted towards “enhancing powers” in the area of...
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US Regulators Slam Takata, Makers of Exploding Airbags, With Largest Civil Penalty By NHTSA

The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) imposed a fine of up to $200 million, the largest civil penalty in NHTSA’s history, for Takata’s violations of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act. This is in response to...
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Porche Joins Volkswagen in Emission Cheating Scandal

The United Sates Environmental Agency (EPA) has issued a notice of violation NOV to Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, Porsche AG, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., and Porsche Cars North America, Inc. today. This is due to over 10,000 vehicles...
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FAA Picks Walmart, Google, Amazon and Others for Drone Registration Task Force

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta announced on Thursday the membership of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Registration Task Force. The 25-member Task Force include Google, Amazon, Walmart and GoPro executives. The group is composed of experts...