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EU-US Privacy Shield offers flimsy protection

The data transfer agreement is neither a safe harbor nor an effective privacy shield. Instead the prospect of months -- or years -- of legal limbo remains

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US, EU reach agreement on Safe Harbor alternative

The agreement on the new Privacy Shield framework will make it easier for companies to transfer data between Europe and the U.S.

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No agreement as deadline to replace Safe Harbor nears

EU and U.S. negotiators are struggling to reach agreement on a new transatlantic data-transfer agreement ahead of a Jan. 31 deadline set by privacy watchdogs

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

In the office and in Congress, IT workers are fighting back -- often in silence

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Judge gives breathing room to 34,000 foreign workers

The Optional Practical Training program, criticized as a back-door H-1B visa, gets 90-day reprieve to get its act together

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Major tech companies spent millions more on lobbying in 2015

Spending on lobbying increased, with Google ranked number one again among all tech companies

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Apple CEO defends privacy, encryption amidst terrorist concerns

Smartphone users should have both privacy and security, Tim Cook says in interview

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Acts of terrorism could push Congress toward encryption backdoors in 2016

Enterprises and vendors would face painful overhauls to their gear, networks

Congress doubles H-1B fee to $4,000

Visa fee must be paid with the initial application and on any extension. The extra money will help pay for biometric tracking system

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A $2,000 H-1B fee on Indian firms may return

Lawmakers may restore a special visa fee that funded the 9/11 healthcare act

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Sen. Ted Cruz wants minimum H-1B wage of $110,000

Cruz's H-1B reform bill proposes raising wages and ending the OPT program, which provides a means to work via a student visa

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Final cyber security bill paves way for the surveillance state

Closed-door negotiations in Congress threaten to strip out privacy provisions from final version of the merged cyber security bill

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In Disney’s backyard, Sen. Nelson proposes big H-1B reduction

Florida Democrat's bill would reduce the H-1B visa cap by nearly 25% and allocate visas to employers paying the highest wages

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Legislation requiring tech industry to report terrorist activity may be revived

The provision was dropped previously after opposition from lawmakers and the tech industry

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Net neutrality could be on the line in Washington court battle

Oral arguments begin in 10 lawsuits that challenge the FCC's new Net neutrality rules

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New legislation aims at stalling NSA reform

The Liberty Through Strength II bill would let the NSA hold on to bulk phone data already collected

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Why legal experts are up in arms over the trade-secrets bill Microsoft loves

The Defend Trade Secrets Act, which is being compared to the controversial SOPA bill, could strike a blow against free speech and algorithmic transparency, they warn

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A shortsighted call for softening encryption

The Paris attacks have given the government an excuse to renew efforts to gain access to encrypted private communications. It's a bad idea

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