FCC chairman Ajit Pai has outlined a plan to reverse net neutrality rules in the US, but the agency is going to face a lot of opposition. One piece of opposition comes from a group of over 800 tech industry members. They sent Pai a very critical response.
Selling a streaming box that has piracy add-ons is illegal, a court in the EU has decided. The European Union's Court of Justice ruled against Mr. Wullems, the owner of a site that was selling multimedia players configured for easy pirated content viewing.
Governments submitted requests for personal data to Google on 90,492 occasions in 2016. That's up about 19% from the number of requests Google received during all of 2015. 45,549 of those came during the second half of the year. It complied in over 60% of cases.
Net neutrality regulations in Canada have been strengthened by a recent ruling against Videotron. The company was allowing subscribers to stream certain apps (Spotify and Apple Music, for example) without it counting against their data cap. This practice is called zero-rating.
The US Justice Department is reportedly preparing formal legal charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a step the Obama administration never took. The Washington Post and CNN report Trump's Justice Department is willing to officially seek his arrest.
The UK government has invested $136 million (£109 million) in electric and autonomous vehicles. Much of the money went to a project called the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), which is dedicated to low-carbon vehicles. Much of the money went to companies like Ford and BMW.
Major tech companies are urging the FCC to respect net neutrality despite requests from the ISP lobby. A lobby group called the Internet Association, which represents Amazon, Google, Facebook, Netflix, and others, met with chairman Ajit Pai this week.
Germany's cabinet has come out in support of a proposed piece of legislation that'll institute fines against social networks for not adequately responding to hate speech. The law would enable Germany to fine networks up to €50 million if they fail to comply.
Bipartisan legislation has appeared that'd prevent law enforcement from searching through devices belonging to United States citizens at the border. The bill, called the Protecting Data at the Border Act, is sponsored by Ron Wyden (D) and Rand Paul (R).
President Trump has signed a bill that'll repeal internet privacy rules passed by the FCC in 2016. Those rules would have explicitly prevented ISPs from selling customer browsing data without permission. Even some Trump supporters were concerned about the bill.
One of the requirements that was placed on Charter's merger with Time Warner Cable has been removed by the FCC. It would have controlled some of Charter's service expansions in the coming years, with the company needing to cover 2 million additional households within 5 years.
Congress has passed a controversial resolution that'll let internet service providers (ISPs) sell your browsing history without explicit permission. Last week the Senate passed it and now the House of Representatives has as well. It'll now go to the president.
Calls for backdoors in the encryption used by messaging apps like WhatsApp have become louder in the UK following a recent attack in London. UK home secretary Amber Rudd says it's "completely unacceptable" that the government cannot read all end-to-end encrypted messages.
Privacy rules passed by the FCC in 2016 might be overturned in the near future, with the US Senate voting to get rid of them. Among the things that'll change without the rules is that internet providers will be able to sell your browsing history without permission.
President Trump has signed a NASA funding bill that was recently passed by Congress. This bill both authorizes funding for the space agency and directs it to create a plan that'll enable it to send a "crewed mission to Mars in the 2030s." NASA will get $19.5 billion.
Facebook, Google, and Twitter may face legal action from the European Commission for two reasons: unfair terms and conditions as well as not tackling scams. The Commission began speaking with the companies about these problems in November of last year.
GreatFire, an organization that monitors the state of China's internet censorship, says the country has blocked access to Pinterest. It was one of the few relatively popular Western sites to be available in China. The site has been blocked for around seven days.
China's advances in supercomputing could pose risks to the US' national security and economy, according to a report from the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Energy (DOE). They believe China is "extremely likely" to lead supercomputing as early as 2020.
Sweden's Patent and Market Court has ruled Telia, a local ISP, must hand over the private information for 5,300 IP addresses to a copyright troll. Njord, a Danish law firm representing Guardaley, a known copyright troll, has been given the right to obtain data.
Federal officials in the US have indicted four people involved with a Yahoo breach in 2014. The charges reveal alleged cooperation between the Russian Federal Security Agency (FSB) and hired hackers. Two FSB agents are covered by the indictment announced by the DoJ.