28 Feb 2020

Senate passes bill banning government purchases of Huawei gear

On Thursday, the Senate unanimously approved legislation that would prohibit government agencies from purchasing equipment made by companies considered to be a threat to national security, like the Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE. The legislation specifically focuses on telecommunications equipment, barring the FCC from using funds to help carriers purchase

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17 Feb 2020

Senators Call for a Moratorium on Government’s Use of Facial Recognition

Democratic Senators Cory Booker and Jeff Merkley have proposed the Ethical Use of Facial Recognition Act, aiming to stop the federal government from using the technology until Congress passes legislation that regulates the industry. The senators stated that without proper oversight, facial recognition technology poses a serious risk to citizens’

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24 Jan 2020

Bipartisan Coalition Bill Introduced to Reform NSA Surveillance

A coalition of US lawmakers introduced new bipartisan legislation that aims to protect Americans from government surveillance, such as that run by the NSA. The bill, named Safeguarding Americans’ Private Records Act, was introduced today by Senators Wyden and Daines in the upper chamber while Representatives Lofgren, Davidson, and Jaypal

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19 Dec 2019

Senators introduce K-12 Cybersecurity Act

Two US senators asked the Department of Homeland Security for their support on a recent bill, the K-12 Cybersecurity Act of 2019, which aims to effectively manage the threat of ransomware and cyberattacks. The bill would establish guidelines that improve school cybersecurity systems. The senators stated that school systems are

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20 Nov 2019

Congress Reaches Deal to Fight Robocalls

Committee-leading lawmakers in the House and Senate announced earlier this week that they are working on bipartisan comprehensive legislation to end robocalls. Robocalls are pre-recorded messages that target consumers and can be dangerous, scamming the recipient into handing over information. Congress members noted that roughly 26.3 billion calls were made

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06 Sep 2018

Senate Quandary: How to Sanction Russia Without Harming Europe

As the U.S. seek new sanction options against Russia, an important obstacle has emerged: the unintended impact new sanctions would also have on European allies reliant on Russian gas imports. With an already-rocky relationship, lawmakers are hesitant to add a new source of difficulty. “I would not support sanctions against

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