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Rep. Wants Children’s Online Privacy Bill by Next Year

Following an announcement by the Federal Trade Commission that it would consider limiting advertisers’ ability to track customers online, a Democratic lawmaker said he wants to create a “Do Not Track” option specifically for children. Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), who Politico reports is one of the top online privacy advocates …

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Sens. Snowe, Warner Propose All Fed Buildings Get Wi-Fi

A new bill proposed by Sens. Olympia Snow (R-Maine) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) would require all federal buildings to install small wireless base stations to free up space on overtaxed cellphone networks, according to a report in The Hill. The Federal Wi-Net Act, introduced Friday, directs all publicly accessible federal …

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DHS Springs into Action as GAO Report Finds Gov’t BlackBerries, Laptops at Risk

A Government Accountability Office review of federal wireless security standards has prompted swift action from the Department of Homeland Security. According to the Nov. 30 GAO report, the watchdog agency found several security gaps regarding wireless technology, including government-issued laptops and mobile devices, such as BlackBerry phones. GAO auditors found …

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