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WikiLeaks' founder Assange will 'accept arrest' if UN panel rules against him

WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange will accept arrest by the British police if a UN panel on arbitrary detention rules against him, according to a tweet by the whistle-blowing website.


Lifting telemedicine limits would save Medicare $1.8B over 10 years

Lifting geographical and provider restrictions that currently limit physician reimbursement for treating or monitoring Medicare recipients would save the U.S. government as much as $1.8 billion over the next decade.

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Wait until April before relying on Privacy Shield, EU privacy watchdogs warn

Businesses that need to transfer European Union citizens' personal data to the U.S. should wait until at least mid-April before relying on the Privacy Shield to provide legal protection, Europe's data protection authorities warned.

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EU, U.S. data-transfer deal will never work

And there’s no way the negotiators didn’t know that.

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U.S., EU reach agreement on Safe Harbor alternative

Goodbye Safe Harbor, hello Privacy Shield: that's the name given by European Union and U.S. negotiators to the deal they struck under which transfers of personal data between the two regions can proceed.


Encryption bills pose challenges for Congress

Breaking encryption technology used by terrorists and criminals poses a frustrating dilemma for intelligence agencies and, most recently, congressional lawmakers.

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No agreement as deadline to replace Safe Harbor nears

No replacement has yet been found for the transatlantic data-transfer agreement overturned last year by the European Union's top court, just days away from the deadline EU data protection authorities gave negotiators to come up with a...

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Laid-off IT workers muzzled as H-1B debate heats up

IT workers in the U.S. are challenging their replacement by foreign visa holders. Lawsuits are on the rise. Lawmakers are being called. And yet many of those most directly affected by outsourcing aren't allowed to fully tell their...


Judge gives breathing room to 34,000 foreign workers

A U.S. judge is giving the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) an additional 90 days to get its act together on the Optional Practical Training program.

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Almost 300,000 drones have been registered with the FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration says its drone registration system has hit almost 300,000 registrations, one month after launch.

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Fight for privacy of students, cellphone users moves to states

The fight for privacy advanced in the U.S. with 16 states and the District of Columbia introducing legislation that addresses such issues as requiring permission before student data is shared for non-educational purposes and warrants...

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Major tech companies spent millions more on lobbying in 2015

Most major tech companies increased the amount of money they spent attempting to influence lawmakers in Washington through federal lobbying.

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Automakers will collaborate to try to prevent car hacks

Major automakers plan to work with the U.S. government to attempt to deter hacks of connected cars before they become a major issue.

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U.S. seeks delay on OPT court order

If the judge denies the extension, some 34,000 foreign workers will need to go home in a month.

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US patent grants slow in wake of Supreme Court business methods ruling

There are some big changes in the patent landscape hiding behind a small drop in the number of utility patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last year.

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Court rules Shutterfly may have violated privacy by scanning face photos

A federal court in Illinois has ruled against Shutterfly and allowed a civil case to move forward that claims the photo-sharing website violated the state's Biometric Privacy Act by collecting and scanning face geometry in photos...

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Is this the worst Internet law ever?

Going after terrorists in a way that infringes on the rights of U.S. citizens puts the Constitution in danger.

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At CES, Feds prod companies to expand privacy efforts

Two top federal regulators at CES urged tech companies to bolster efforts to protect consumer privacy.

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