America’s largest Internet companies are tripping over themselves to bolster their public image following blockbuster disclosures about their role in the U.S. government’s controversial data-gathering program.
Politics & Law
A new law proposed would empower cops to seize drivers’ phones so long as “reasonable grounds” existed to suggest a driver may have been distracted.
Google has asked the U.S. Department of Justice for permission to publish the number of national-security information requests it receives from the government.
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To make all this shadowy surveillance easier to digest, here are the relevant points about the massive data collection.
San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón is asking major smartphone manufacturers Apple and Google to combat the growing problem with a beautifully simple suggestion: Give all phones a remote-activated kill switch.
Americans are supposed to pay state taxes on goods purchased online. Only 1.6% of taxpayers do. A new Senate bill could help states change that, and collect billions of dollars in new revenue.
It’s weird out there and getting weirder: A California court just ruled that screwing around with your phone’s map app while driving ought to be as illegal as texting or using the device without a handsfree solution.
So much for your right to resell MP3 music files: a U.S. District court just decided that the resale of MP3 files — where those files are transferred by copying — officially violates the Copyright Act.
Former Texas Rep. Ron Paul is waging a fight to wrest his namesake Web address from the current owners. It’s harder than it sounds…