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Privacy in the spotlight at two Hill hearings

July 3, 2001 The clash of perspectives on Internet privacy is expected to intensify next week as both the Senate Commerce Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection Subcommittee hold separate hearings--with separate agendas--on the subject. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Ernest (Fritz) Hollings, D-S.C., announced Monday that he will hold a ...

Patent Office backers say agency must keep money it collects

June 8, 2001 Ratcheting up the fight against Bush administration budget officials and appropriators who have diverted funds from the Patent and Trademark Office, lawmakers Thursday turned a spotlight on conditions at the agency that they said could only be resolved with more money. At a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on the operations ...

Agencies in turf battle over fighting online fraud

June 4, 2001 In a turf battle that could determine which federal agency takes the lead in fighting certain Internet crimes, the online fraud units of the FBI and the Federal Trade Commission no longer share information with each other about their efforts to crack down on scams, said top officials at the ...

White House plans to overhaul computer security plan

May 16, 2001 The Bush administration's approach to computer security will focus on realigning federal agencies' responsibilities for their own computer networks before revising the national plan that details how the government and the private sector should work together to combat threats from hackers and cyberterrorists, administration officials said Tuesday. The realignment of ...

Senator seeks commission on government privacy practices

May 11, 2001 Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., introduced a bipartisan bill Wednesday that would create a commission to study federal, state and local government privacy practices. The bill--cosponsored by Democratic Sens. Herb Kohl, Wis., and Carl Levin, Mich., and GOP Sens. Susan Collins, Maine, Peter Fitzgerald, Ill., Strom Thurmond, ...

Bill backs FOIA exemption for cybersecurity information

May 8, 2001 A leading cybersecurity lawmaker said Monday that he would introduce legislation to exempt from the Freedom of Information Act businesses that share information on computer intrusions with the government. Sen. Robert Bennett, R-Utah, said such a move is essential to help safeguard the Internet from hackers and cyber terrorists. The ...

Policy change makes it harder to track hackers, NASA official says

May 3, 2001 A late-term change in the Clinton administration's approach to prosecuting cybercrime has made it much more difficult for NASA to track and prosecute hackers who attempt to penetrate its computer networks, a NASA network-protection office official said Monday. "NASA lost 90 percent of its ability to track and pursue [suspected ...

Conflicting guidelines on Web 'cookies' spur confusion

April 24, 2001 Contradictory guidelines about whether federal agencies may use software "cookies" on their Web sites has led to confusion among departments and a frequent failure to meet the privacy principles government agencies promote for the private sector, two officials from the General Accounting Office and the Commerce Department's chief information officer ...

Justice Department seeks funds to fight cybercrime

April 11, 2001 The Justice Department has proposed spending $370 million to fight cybercrime, to increase its technological capabilities and to improve the nation's ability to defend itself against cyberattack, according to the fiscal 2002 budget plan the Bush administration unveiled Monday. The department also is seeking a 16.6 percent increase in funding ...

Patent Office backers rip Bush plan to divert funds

April 10, 2001 The Bush administration plans to divert $207 million of $1.14 billion in revenues that are anticipated by the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), according to details of the Commerce Department's fiscal 2002 budget released Monday. Although the official budget describes its proposed $1.14 billion as a "10 percent increase" over ...