|US: The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America|
by Amy Goodman and James Bamford, Democracy Now!
October 14th, 2008
The Bush administrationís wiretapping program has come under new scrutiny. Two influential congressional committees have opened probes into allegations US intelligence spied on the phone calls of U.S. military personnel, journalists and aid workers in Iraq. James Bamford discusses the NSAís domestic sprying, the agencyís failings pre-9/11 and the ties between NSA and the nationís telecommunications companies.
|UK: UK government responds on Phorm |
September 16th, 2008
Clarifying how the system will be used in response to the EU request, the UK government said future trials must be done with consent from those being targeted.
|US: FCC to Rule Comcast
Can't Block Web Videos
by AMY SCHATZ, Wall Street Journal
July 28th, 2008
The Federal Communications Commission will rule that the cable giant violated federal policy by deliberately preventing some customers from sharing videos online via file-sharing services like BitTorrent, agency officials said. The company has acknowledged it slowed some traffic, but said it was necessary to prevent a few heavy users from overburdening its network.
|US: FCC Chief to Seek Comcast Penalty|
July 11th, 2008
The head of the Federal Communications Commission said Thursday he will recommend that the nation's largest cable company be punished for violating agency principles that guarantee customers open access to the Internet.
|US: Former Customers Off Limits To Verizon|
by Cecilia Kang, The Washington Post
June 24th, 2008
The federal government, speaking on behalf of former Verizon phone service customers, yesterday sent the communications company a stern message: Stop trying to woo back those consumers who have opted for a new provider. They've moved on.
|US: House Passes Bill on Wiretap Powers
by ERIC LICHTBLAU and DAVID STOUT, The New York Times
June 21st, 2008
The House on Friday overwhelmingly approved a bill overhauling the rules on the governmentís wiretapping powers and conferring what amounts to legal immunity to the telephone companies that took part in President Bushís program of eavesdropping without warrants after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
|GERMANY: Ex-Manager Tells of Bribery at Siemens|
by CARTER DOUGHERTY, The New York Times
May 27th, 2008
A former manager of Siemens, the European engineering company, testified Monday about an intricate system of slush funds and bribery at the company as the first trial on allegations of corporate corruption in Germany began.
|GERMANY: Phone Giant in Germany Stirs a Furor|
by MARK LANDLER, The New York Times
May 27th, 2008
Germany was engulfed in a national furor over threats to privacy on Monday, after an admission by Deutsche Telekom that it had surreptitiously tracked thousands of phone calls to identify the source of leaks to the news media about its internal affairs.
|US: F.C.C. Weighing Limits on Slowing Web Traffic|
by STEPHEN LABATON, The New York Times
February 26th, 2008
The head of the Federal Communications Commission and other senior officials said on Monday that they were considering taking steps to discourage cable and telephone companies from delaying the downloads and uploads of heavy Internet users.