Federal Regulations - Infoworld http://www.infoworld.com/t/2019 en Intuit's secret campaign to block free tax filing http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/intuits-secret-campaign-block-free-tax-filing-240663?source=rss_federal_regulations <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/tax_1040.jpg" alt="Intuit's secret campaign to block free tax filing" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: Duncan Smith</p></em></div> The Industry Standard Federal Regulations Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Bill Snyder 240663 at http://www.infoworld.com Net neutrality ruling complicates U.S. transition to IP networks http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/net-neutrality-ruling-complicates-us-transition-ip-networks-240641?source=rss_federal_regulations <p>The transition from copper-based telephone systems to IP networks in the U.S. could become swept up in political fallout as the FCC figures out how to regulate such networks in ways that will appease the courts.</p> Mobile Technology The Industry Standard Internet Federal Regulations VoIP Networking Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:01:13 +0000 admin 240641 at http://www.infoworld.com China obtains patent concessions in return for approving Microsoft-Nokia deal http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/china-obtains-patent-concessions-in-return-approving-microsoft-nokia-deal-240061?source=rss_federal_regulations <p>China is requiring Microsoft and Nokia to make promises on fair patent use, fearing that the proposed acquisition between the two companies could spell trouble for the nation's Android device makers.</p> <p>On Tuesday, China's Ministry of Commerce gave conditional regulatory approval to Microsoft's purchase of Nokia's Devices &amp; Services business. The $7.2 billion deal means that Microsoft could very soon produce its own smartphones using the Windows Phone operating system.</p> Mobile Technology The Industry Standard Microsoft Federal Regulations M&A Smartphones Windows Phone Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:50:30 +0000 admin 240061 at http://www.infoworld.com Businesses face rising political pressure from data breaches http://www.infoworld.com/d/security/businesses-face-rising-political-pressure-data-breaches-239953?source=rss_federal_regulations <p>The data breaches like the one at Target and more recently a unit of credit bureau Experian are fueling consumer protection efforts that could have an impact on business.</p> <p>Last week, the Federal Trade Commission urged Congress to pass national breach notification legislation, while in California, a bill introduced recently in the state Legislature would ban businesses from storing certain customer data for long periods of time.</p> Security The Industry Standard Federal Regulations Data Security Security Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:25:50 +0000 admin 239953 at http://www.infoworld.com New federal rule requires banks to fight DDoS attacks http://www.infoworld.com/d/security/new-federal-rule-requires-banks-fight-ddos-attacks-239893?source=rss_federal_regulations <p>Banks and financial institutions regulated by the federal government must now monitor for distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against their networks and have a plan in place to try and mitigate against such attacks, a federal regulatory body said this week.</p> Security Federal Regulations Cyber Crime Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:18:14 +0000 admin 239893 at http://www.infoworld.com EU votes Net neutrality into law, abolishes mobile roaming charges http://www.infoworld.com/d/networking/eu-votes-net-neutrality-law-abolishes-mobile-roaming-charges-239765?source=rss_federal_regulations <p>Blocking and throttling Internet traffic will become illegal in the European Union following a parliamentary vote today.</p> <p>Members of the European Parliament voted to close loopholes in a proposed law that some believed would have created a two-tier Internet. The so-called Telecoms Package originally described "specialized services," which would have allowed Internet service providers to charge more for more data-intensive content services such as voice over IP and streaming video.</p> Mobile Technology Networking The Industry Standard Internet Federal Regulations Mobile Technology Thu, 03 Apr 2014 10:26:16 +0000 admin 239765 at http://www.infoworld.com Google asks US Supreme Court to review ruling on Wi-Fi packet sniffing http://www.infoworld.com/d/networking/google-asks-us-supreme-court-review-ruling-wi-fi-packet-sniffing-239622?source=rss_federal_regulations <p>Google has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision by an appeals court that its collection of data from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks is not exempt under federal wiretap laws.</p> <p>The company argues that its data collection does not violate the Wiretap Act as it fell under an exemption that makes it lawful to intercept electronic communications that are readily accessible to the general public.</p> Networking Security Google Wi-Fi Federal Regulations Internet Privacy Wed, 02 Apr 2014 11:38:21 +0000 admin 239622 at http://www.infoworld.com Activists to appeal US judge's ruling on Baidu's 'censorship as free speech' http://www.infoworld.com/t/search-engines/activists-appeal-us-judges-ruling-baidus-censorship-free-speech-239468?source=rss_federal_regulations <p>A group of activists are hoping to appeal a U.S. judge's ruling that treated the censorship on Chinese search engine Baidu as free speech.&nbsp;</p> <p>In making the ruling, District Judge Jesse Furman equated the censorship to a newspaper exercising its editorial right to publish what it wants. But Stephen Preziosi, lawyer for the eight pro-democracy activists, said in an email Saturday that the comparison was wrong, and that the court had a "fundamental misunderstanding" of how search engines work.&nbsp;</p> Federal Regulations Search Engines Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:46:17 +0000 admin 239468 at http://www.infoworld.com Trial to proceed in Silicon Valley employee 'no poaching' case http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/trial-proceed-in-silicon-valley-employee-no-poaching-case-239452?source=rss_federal_regulations <p>A lawsuit that accuses Google, Apple and other top Silicon Valley companies of driving down wages by agreeing not to hire each other's workers can go to trial, a judge has ruled.</p> <p>The case alleges that executives including former Apple CEO Steve Jobs and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt agreed not to poach the other's workers during a period between 2005 and 2009. The alleged agreements would violate state and federal antitrust laws. Adobe Systems and Intel are also named as defendants.</p> The Industry Standard IT Jobs Federal Regulations Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:18:39 +0000 admin 239452 at http://www.infoworld.com Lawyers talk of settlement in Silicon Valley employee-poaching case http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/lawyers-talk-of-settlement-in-silicon-valley-employee-poaching-case-239287?source=rss_federal_regulations <p>Attorneys say they're making progress toward a possible settlement in Silicon Valley's employee poaching case, in which Google, Apple, and other companies are accused of conspiring not to hire employees from other tech giants.</p> <p>During a hearing on Thursday in a San Jose court, attorneys on both sides said they were working daily with a mediator to resolve the dispute, which involves alleged secret agreements among the firms not to poach each other's workers. Those agreements would violate federal antitrust laws.</p> The Industry Standard Apple Google Intel IT Jobs Federal Regulations Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:36:38 +0000 admin 239287 at http://www.infoworld.com US judge rules Baidu's censorship is protected as free speech http://www.infoworld.com/t/search-engines/us-judge-rules-baidus-censorship-protected-free-speech-239304?source=rss_federal_regulations <p>A U.S. judge has ruled that the Chinese search engine Baidu has the right to block pro-democracy works from its query results, dismissing a lawsuit that sought to punish the company for Internet censorship.&nbsp;</p> <p>The lawsuit against Baidu, originally filed in 2011 by eight activists in New York, claimed that the Chinese search engine had violated U.S. laws on free speech. This was because Baidu had been censoring pro-democracy works on its search engine for not only its users in China, but also for those accessing the site from New York.&nbsp;</p> Federal Regulations Search Engines Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:33:00 +0000 admin 239304 at http://www.infoworld.com Mt. Gox creditors want to force CEO to testify in the US http://www.infoworld.com/t/federal-regulations/mt-gox-creditors-want-force-ceo-testify-in-the-us-239201?source=rss_federal_regulations <p>Creditors of failed Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox are trying to force its CEO Mark Karpeles to go to the U.S. for questioning related to a fraud lawsuit.</p> <p>Gregory Greene and Joseph Lack asked a U.S. judge to order Karpeles to go to the U.S. for a deposition, according to a motion filed Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas division, which granted the exchange temporary protection from creditors.</p> Federal Regulations Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:28:33 +0000 admin 239201 at http://www.infoworld.com Report: Obama to unveil legislation to end NSA bulk phone data collection http://www.infoworld.com/t/government/report-obama-unveil-legislation-end-nsa-bulk-phone-data-collection-239027?source=rss_federal_regulations <p>The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama is set to propose legislation that will end the bulk collection of phone data by the U.S. National Security Agency, according to a newspaper report.</p> <p>Under the proposed legislation, the NSA will stop collecting telephone metadata in bulk from telecommunications carriers, and the records will stay in the hands of the phone companies, the New York Times <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/25/us/obama-to-seek-nsa-curb-on-call-data.html?hp" target="_blank">reported</a>.</p> Security Federal Regulations Internet Privacy Government Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:54:12 +0000 admin 239027 at http://www.infoworld.com SOPA backers seek to restrict online rights again -- but this time outside the law http://www.infoworld.com/t/intellectual-property/sopa-backers-seek-restrict-online-rights-again-time-outside-the-law-238424?source=rss_federal_regulations <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/18OPgripeline_hp.jpg" alt="SOPA backers seek to restrict online rights again -- but this time outside the law" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>The next threat to online rights may not be posed by a piece of legislation, but rather from a series of tacit agreements worked out between content holders, payment processors, and service providers.</p> The Industry Standard Internet E-commerce Federal Regulations Intellectual Property Fri, 14 Mar 2014 16:35:09 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 238424 at http://www.infoworld.com Tech CEOs warn of threats to cloud, big data economy http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/tech-ceos-warn-of-threats-cloud-big-data-economy-238417?source=rss_federal_regulations <p>CEOs at some of the nation's leading tech companies see boundless potential for big data and smarter, integrated systems to address major social challenges in areas ranging from medicine to education to transportation -- but at the same time, they worry that policymakers at home and abroad could stand in the way of that vision.</p> Business Intelligence Cloud Computing The Industry Standard Big Data Federal Regulations Internet Privacy Cloud Computing Government Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:06:19 +0000 admin 238417 at http://www.infoworld.com White House to geeks: Get covered by Obamacare and start something http://www.infoworld.com/t/federal-regulations/white-house-geeks-get-covered-obamacare-and-start-something-238379?source=rss_federal_regulations <p>Ryan Panchadsaram was brought in by the White House as part of an elite squad of coders to help make the HealthCare.gov website work, and now he wants his fellow programmers to use it. He's not alone, either: In the video below, several other self-professed geeks pop in and urge tech-minded folks to get health care coverage.</p> Federal Regulations Fri, 14 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 InfoTube 238379 at http://www.infoworld.com FISA court reverses order to destroy NSA phone data http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/fisa-court-reverses-order-destroy-nsa-phone-data-238311?source=rss_federal_regulations <p>The U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has temporarily reversed its earlier order that call records collected by the National Security Agency should be destroyed after the current five-year limit.</p> <p>The court modified its stand after a District Court in California on Monday ordered the government to retain phone records it collects in bulk from telecommunications carriers, as the metadata could be required as evidence in two civil lawsuits that challenge the NSA's phone records program under section 215 of the Patriot Act.</p> Security The Industry Standard Federal Regulations Internet Privacy Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:30:54 +0000 admin 238311 at http://www.infoworld.com In potential conflict with U.S. court, California court wants NSA phone records kept http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/in-potential-conflict-us-court-california-court-wants-nsa-phone-records-kept-238142?source=rss_federal_regulations <p>A court in California has prohibited the destruction of phone records collected by the government until further orders, raising a potential conflict with an order last week by the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in Washington, D.C.</p> <p>Judge Jeffrey S. White of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ordered Monday the retention of the call details in two lawsuits that have challenged the U.S. National Security Agency's program for the collection of telephone metadata.</p> Security The Industry Standard Federal Regulations Internet Privacy Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:41:12 +0000 admin 238142 at http://www.infoworld.com US court says NSA can't hold phone records beyond five years http://www.infoworld.com/t/government/us-court-says-nsa-cant-hold-phone-records-beyond-five-years-238035?source=rss_federal_regulations <p>The secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has ruled against a U.S. government request that it be allowed to hold telephone metadata beyond the current five-year limit as it may be required as evidence in civil lawsuits that question the data collection.</p> Security Federal Regulations Internet Privacy Government Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:53:05 +0000 admin 238035 at http://www.infoworld.com Don't count your Amazon drones before they fly http://www.infoworld.com/t/federal-regulations/dont-count-your-amazon-drones-they-fly-237968?source=rss_federal_regulations <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/american_drone.jpg" alt="Don't count your Amazon drones before they fly" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: Reuters/Carlo Allegri</p> Computer Hardware Consumerization of IT Amazon.com Consumer Electronics Federal Regulations Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:56:37 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 237968 at http://www.infoworld.com