Obama says hacks show need for cybersecurity law

Yahoo News

President Barack Obama said Tuesday the cyber attacks against Sony and the Pentagon’s Central Command highlight the need for toughened laws on cybersecurity.

Obama made the comment as the White House unveiled a proposal to revive cybersecurity legislation stalled over the past few years. (more…)

Obama Making “Pitching” Decisions On Internet This Week

President Obama will be in Iowa Wednesday.(Photo: file)

By Jennifer Jacobs
DeMoines Register

President Barack Obama is coming back to Iowa to pitch ideas for expanding Internet access.

On Wednesday, Obama will fly in to give a speech proposing new steps to increase access to affordable, high-speed broadband across the country, a White House official told The Des Moines Register on Saturday morning. (more…)

Get ready: The FCC says it will vote on net neutrality in February

Source: Dr Hurd

By Brian Fung
Washington Post

Federal regulators looking to place restrictions on Internet providers will introduce and vote on new proposed net neutrality rules in February, Federal Communications Commission officials said Friday.

President Obama’s top telecom regulator, Tom Wheeler, told fellow FCC commissioners before the Christmas holiday that he intends to circulate a draft proposal internally next month with an eye toward approving the measure weeks later, said one official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the agency’s deliberations are ongoing. The rules are meant to keep broadband providers such as Verizon and Comcast from speeding up or slowing down some Web sites compared to others. (more…)

France enacts law allowing govt to snoop on private internet user data – report

AFP Photo / Miguel Medina

RT News

The French government has published a decree enacting an internet surveillance law that was passed a year ago. The controversial measure, allowing authorities ‘administrative access to connection data,’ reportedly comes into force the first day of 2015.

The decree, providing French officials with access to data from a wide range of telecom services in the country – including phone calls, text messages and internet access by both private users and operators – was published over the Christmas holidays, France’s Le Point reported. (more…)

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