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White House dives into cybercrime debate

August 3, 2000 The Clinton administration formally waded into the cybercrime debate this week by forwarding a proposal to Capitol Hill that calls for enhancing law enforcement's ability to conduct wiretaps while creating new privacy protections. Justice Department officials sent what they call the "Enhancement of Privacy and Public Safety in Cyberspace Act" ...

FBI defends e-mail monitoring system

July 25, 2000 FBI and Justice Department attorneys and technicians on Monday defended the e-mail monitoring system Carnivore before highly skeptical House Judiciary Committee members by telling the lawmakers that the controversial surveillance system is not as invasive as they believed. "Despite its unfortunate name, [Carnivore] is a surgical tool," FBI General Counsel ...

White House takes a stab at halting cybercrime

July 18, 2000 White House Chief of Staff John Podesta on Monday announced a legislative proposal for combating cybercrime that also includes new privacy protections that would bind law enforcement officials pursuing criminal suspects, a move that could tilt debate on the subject in the direction of greater electronic civil liberties. Podesta called ...

Reno urges business to help combat cybercrime

June 20, 2000 In a conciliatory speech to high-tech officials on Monday, U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno pleaded with industry to help the Justice Department combat computer hacking while pledging to improve her agency's often stormy relationship with the technology industry. "I call on leaders in the high-tech industry to address this problem ...

Industry prepares complaint about USPS e-commerce efforts

May 16, 2000 Charging that the United States Postal Service's increasing forays into e-commerce are anticompetitive, secretive, and in conflict with other legislative bodies governing the Internet, technology industry officials are preparing to file a formal complaint against the agency and are seeking support from Capitol Hill. "If the U.S. wishes to go ...

Experts: Feds need to coordinate response to digital viruses

May 11, 2000 Legislators from the House Science Technology Subcommittee sought explanations from government and software industry representatives to account for the failures of anti-virus software and other protections to stop the "ILOVEYOU" computer bug that one industry expert called the most destructive yet. Harris Miller, president of the Information Technology Association of ...

Tech firms object to Postal Service e-commerce plan

April 21, 2000 National Journal's Technology Daily Several technology companies and associations are ramping up their campaign against the Postal Service's entry into e-commerce, and have criticized the agency's announcement this month that it will offer consumers electronic bill payment services. Led by the Computer and Communications Industry Association and with the support ...

Feds urge business execs to focus on cybersecurity

April 19, 2000 Recognizing that the federal government has little control over the nation's public and private computer networks, Clinton administration officials are encouraging business executives to take information security more seriously. "We can cajole the private sector into doing the right thing, or you can scare them into doing the right thing," ...

Lawmakers unveil privacy, cybercrime bills

April 18, 2000 After working together for more than a month on a bill to combat cybercrime and create online privacy protections, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and ranking member Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., parted company and late Thursday introduced separate bills on the subject. Hatch introduced the Internet Integrity and ...

Technology industry pushes FOIA exemption

April 14, 2000 Advocates of legislation that would exempt the technology industry from portions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) are promoting a bill, introduced Wednesday by Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., and Rep. James Moran, D-Va., as a complement to a popular 1998 law designed to aid the Year 2000 computer conversion. ...