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Controversial cybersecurity CISPA bill rises from the ashes, buried in Senate
Considered one of the biggest privacy infringing bills in living memory by some — and even members of the Senate agreed. In April, the controversial bill was struck down by the Senate after passing the House. The bill would have allowed private sector companies — such as Silicon Valley giants — to pass "cyber threat" data, including personal user data, to the U.S. government without informing users or the government requiring a warrant.
EU to outlaw online throttling and site-blocking under net neutrality plan
A big win for European internet users landed in June when a new proposal by the European Commission announced that internet providers operating in the 28 member state bloc would no longer be allowed to block, throttle, or degrade access to services that rival their own. Granted, it doesn't mean that pirate websites and other illegal sites are safe, but it is paves the way for "net neutrality" in the region.
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U.S. mass surveillance leaks lifts lid on global spying efforts
In June, U.S. former government contractor Edward Snowden blew the lid on one of the world's biggest secrets in living history: the U.S. government was engaged in a massive global dragnet surveillance operation. It was a massive punch in the face for the White House, which had spent decades keeping the spying programs under wraps. Snowden was charged with espionage, but ultimately fled to Russia under the former-Communist country's protection, and out of the U.S.' reach. The saga continues.
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