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Brendan Sasso

National Journal Brendan Sasso is a technology correspondent for National Journal. He previously covered technology policy issues for The Hill and was a researcher and contributing writer for the 2012 edition of the Almanac of American Politics. He grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from Claremont McKenna College.
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Senators Investigate Role of Encryption in Paris Attacks

November 18, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The ter­ror­ists who killed at least 129 people in Par­is likely used en­cryp­tion tools to plot their at­tacks without alert­ing gov­ern­ment in­tel­li­gence agen­cies, two key sen­at­ors said Tues­day. Sen­ate In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee Chair­man Richard Burr and rank­ing mem­ber Di­anne Fein­stein said they plan to con­sider pro­pos­als to en­sure gov­ern­ment in­tel­li­gence agen­cies...

Does T-Mobile’s Free Video Plan Violate Net Neutrality?

November 11, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow T-Mo­bile CEO John Legere bragged Tues­day that he’s giv­ing con­sumers “ex­actly what they want” by let­ting them watch pop­u­lar video ser­vices like Net­flix and HBO on their mo­bile devices without count­ing it against their monthly data pack­ages. But con­sumer ad­voc­ates pounced on the new “Binge On” pro­gram, warn­ing that it...

FCC Slashes Prison Phone Rates

October 22, 2015 Fed­er­al reg­u­lat­ors on Thursday capped the rates that pris­on phone com­pan­ies can charge in­mates and their fam­il­ies, de­liv­er­ing a ma­jor vic­tory to civil-rights groups and pris­on­er ad­voc­ates who have been de­cry­ing al­leged price gou­ging for more than 14 years. In a 3-2 vote, the Fed­er­al Com­mu­nic­a­tions Com­mis­sion de­clared that the...

Regulators: Bill Could Make Cars More Vulnerable to Hackers

October 22, 2015 House Re­pub­lic­ans are work­ing on le­gis­la­tion that aims to make cars and trucks more se­cure from hack­ers. But fed­er­al reg­u­lat­ors warned at a hear­ing Wed­nes­day that the bill could have the ex­act op­pos­ite ef­fect. “The pro­posed le­gis­la­tion, as draf­ted, could sub­stan­tially weak­en the se­cur­ity and pri­vacy pro­tec­tions that con­sumers have...

Feds: House Bill Could Make Cars More Vulnerable to Hackers

October 22, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House Re­pub­lic­ans are work­ing on le­gis­la­tion that aims to make cars and trucks more se­cure from hack­ers. But fed­er­al reg­u­lat­ors warned at a hear­ing Wed­nes­day that the bill could have the ex­act op­pos­ite ef­fect. “The pro­posed le­gis­la­tion, as draf­ted, could sub­stan­tially weak­en the se­cur­ity and pri­vacy pro­tec­tions that con­sumers have...

FCC’s Plan to Regulate Online Streaming Faces Backlash

October 13, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A key House Demo­crat urged the Fed­er­al Com­mu­nic­a­tions Com­mis­sion on Fri­day to aban­don its plan to reg­u­late cer­tain on­line TV ser­vices the same way it reg­u­lates cable com­pan­ies. While the FCC is used to cri­ti­cism from Re­pub­lic­ans, the op­pos­i­tion from Rep. Frank Pal­lone, the top Demo­crat on the House En­ergy...

Drone Company Faces $1.9 Million Fine for Unsanctioned Flights

October 7, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Fed­er­al Avi­ation Ad­min­is­tra­tion on Tues­day an­nounced its largest fine ever against a drone op­er­at­or, show­ing that the agency is not afraid to crack down on the boom­ing com­mer­cial drone in­dustry. The agency plans to fine SkyPan In­ter­na­tion­al, an aer­i­al-pho­to­graphy com­pany, $1.9 mil­lion for con­duct­ing 65 un­au­thor­ized flights in New...

Drone Firm Faces $1.9 FAA Million Fine for Unsanctioned Flights

October 6, 2015 The Fed­er­al Avi­ation Ad­min­is­tra­tion on Tues­day an­nounced its largest fine ever against a drone op­er­at­or, show­ing that the agency is not afraid to crack down on the boom­ing com­mer­cial drone in­dustry. The agency plans to fine SkyPan In­ter­na­tion­al, an aer­i­al-pho­to­graphy com­pany, $1.9 mil­lion for con­duct­ing 65 un­au­thor­ized flights in New...

NSA Spying Violates Privacy Rights, EU Court Rules

October 6, 2015 The in­ter­na­tion­al fal­lout over Ed­ward Snowden’s leaks about U.S. sur­veil­lance op­er­a­tions con­tin­ued Tues­day, as the top European court ruled that the Na­tion­al Se­cur­ity Agency is vi­ol­at­ing the pri­vacy rights of mil­lions of Europeans. Al­though the de­cision by the European Court of Justice is likely to do little to ac­tu­ally curb...

NSA Spying Violates Privacy Rights, EU Court Rules

October 6, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The in­ter­na­tion­al fal­lout over Ed­ward Snowden’s leaks about U.S. sur­veil­lance op­er­a­tions con­tin­ued Tues­day, as the top European court ruled that the Na­tion­al Se­cur­ity Agency is vi­ol­at­ing the pri­vacy rights of mil­lions of Europeans. Al­though the de­cision by the European Court of Justice is likely to do little to ac­tu­ally curb...