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Obama Signs Safe Web Act into Law

Posted December 5th, 2012

From The Hill

President Obama signed into law on Tuesday a bill that would reauthorize the Federal Trade Commission’s authority to clamp down on Internet fraud and online scammers based abroad.

Outgoing California Republican Rep. Mary Bono Mack was the lead co-sponsor of the bill, the U.S. Safe Web Act, which expands the FTC’s powers so it can share information about cross-border online fraud with foreign law enforcement authorities.

The bill was originally passed by Congress in 2006 and was set to expire next year. With the president’s signature, the measure is reauthorized through September 2020.

For the full skinny go HERE.

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Leahy Scuttles His Warrantless e-Mail Surveillance Bill

Posted November 21st, 2012


After public criticism of proposal that lets government agencies warrantlessly access Americans’ e-mail, Sen. Patrick Leahy says he will “not support” such an idea at next week’s vote.

Sen. Patrick Leahy has abandoned his controversial proposal that would grant government agencies more surveillance power — including warrantless access to Americans’ e-mail accounts — than they possess under current law.

The Vermont Democrat said today on Twitter that he would “not support such an exception” for warrantless access. The remarks came a few hours after a CNET article was published this morning that disclosed the existence of the measure.

For the full skinny go HERE.

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Europe Weighs Tough Law on Online Privacy

Posted January 25th, 2012

From New York Times

SAN FRANCISCO — Europe is considering a sweeping new law that would force Internet companies like and Facebook to obtain explicit consent from consumers about the use of their personal data, delete that data forever at the consumer’s request and face fines for failing to comply.

See full story HERE.


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“Secretary Strickling Talks Internet Policy and Governance”

Posted July 24th, 2011

As posted to “As Assistant Commerce Secretary for the United States government, and head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Larry Strickling is one of the world’s most influential figures in Internet policy and governance.

He rarely gives interviews. So we were delighted when he agreed to sit down with .Nxt and talk about the complex and rapidly changing environment for making decision on the Internet’s future.

Click HERE to read the interview.

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