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Spotlight: Does your right to personal data trump your government's right to it?

A ruling from the EU's highest court sets a precedent for government rights over human rights, that the U.S. government may one day have to meet.

FTC to Facebook: Stick to your promises after buying WhatsApp

If this is really an approval by the Federal Trade Commission of Facebook's pending acquisition of the messaging app maker, it did not come gift-wrapped.

US trade representative: Proposals to seclude EU Internet are 'draconian'

Germany's leading telco stands by its proposal to reroute in-country traffic within German borders. Now that its chancellor appears to lend it credence, the U.S. is raising more than an eyebrow.

European Courts of Justice rule Data Retention Directive of 2006 is invalid

Yesterday the Court of Justice tossed out the Data Retention Directive of 2006, declaring the directive "entails a wide-ranging and particularly serious interference with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data, without that interference being limited to what is strictly necessary." This comes as good news to some who cheer the possibility of more coherent rules and better privacy protections. But others worry that new restrictions might actually be worse. 

Spotlight: The not-so-open side of the Internet

Incumbent service providers are making it difficult, perhaps impossible, for innovative rural ISPs to gain a foothold.

FCC Chairman Wheeler: There's the Internet, then there's interconnection

"Peering is not a net neutrality issue," stated the person now in the hot seat at the center of the issue of peering and net neutrality.

Privacy concerns squelch student data/edtech efforts

InBloom, formerly Shared Learning Infrastructure, is a huge ed-tech project designed to pool student data from multiple states in the cloud. The purpose was to make that data easily accessible to developers and schools to fast-forward education to producing phenomenal graduates. Until last week when it lost its last remaining customer, inBloom had nine state partners. While inBloom says it will continue its mission anyway, it is a gloomy example of just how fast privacy concerns can shut down a big data effort. 

EU Parliament: End roaming charges by 2015, permit 'specialized' net services

The telecoms package is nearly the law of the continent, and puts telecom operators in the position of defending a net that's more neutral than Parliament perceives it.

VisiCalc co-creator documents our frayed, decaying communications infrastructure

At first, it's a photograph that reveals to us how much of our infrastructure we tend to ignore. Its photographer is one of computing's founding fathers, and his bigger point is that ignoring infrastructure can be a good thing.

Big data used to beef up Antitrust enforcement in Britain

One of the chief advantages in using big data is in enforcement of all kinds. Why? Because it pulls information out of hiding and makes offenses glaringly recognizable to those charged with policing.