May 15, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
The US House of Representatives on Wednesday approves the USA Freedom Act, which would end the National Security Agency's (NSA) mass collection of Americans' phone data. The measure, approved by a vote of 338 to 88, largely extends the USA Patriot Act that was set to expire on June 3. Under the ...[read more]
April 7, 2015
by Christopher Dellana
Legal battles have flared up over the issue of net neutrality in the past decade. In the US, the FCC is the independent government agency that oversees communications among the several states and with other countries. The FCC was responsible for the 2002 determination that internet modem service, ...[read more]
January 26, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
A Turkish court on Sunday ordered a ban on Facebook pages that contain materials insulting the Prophet Muhammed. The Golbasi Duty Magistrate Court ruled that Facebook would be blocked in Turkey if the order is not implemented. The Anadolu Agency, Turkey's official press agency, reported that the ...[read more]
March 26, 2014
by Peter Snyder
An administrative court in Ankara, the capital of Turkey, issued a temporary injunction Wednesday ordering the country's telecommunication authority (TIB) to lift its ban on the use of the social media website Twitter. The ban on Twitter was imposed last week under orders from Prime Minister ...[read more]
June 9, 2013
by Adiah Oreyomi
On June 9, 2006, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld a ruling that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) could require broadband Internet companies and Internet phone service providers to comply with the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA). The ...[read more]
February 14, 2013
by Daniel Mullen
Egypt's National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA) on Thursday appealed a court order banning YouTube because it features the controversial film Innocence of Muslims. The film, which sparked violent protests throughout the Middle East last year, depicts the Prophet Mohammad as a ...[read more]
February 9, 2013
by Max Slater
Egypt's administrative court ordered the country's National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA) on Friday to block YouTube because it carried the controversial amateur film Innocence of Muslims. The amateur film sparked violent protests in the Middle East last year for portraying the ...[read more]
February 21, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On February 21, 2008, US President George W. Bush called for an extension of the Protect America Act, including a provision of retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies involved in the National Security Agency (NSA) warrantless surveillance program. The law's expiration followed months ...[read more]
December 28, 2011
by Meagan McElroy
On December 28, 2005, the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit issued a ruling upholding a decision from the US District Court for the District of Minnesota that internet telephone service providers should be categorized as "information services" rather than "telecommunications" subject to ...[read more]
September 2, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On September 2, 2009, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled that Canada's Internet Hate Speech law unconstitutionally violated the right to free expression. The law, section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, proscribed individuals or groups from "communicattelephonically or to cause to be so ...[read more]

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