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ITworld.com – Getting a grip on HIPAA

A new law governing the privacy, security and electronic transmission of health care data is rippling through the industry, and IT is playing a key role in the changes.-- 5/11/2001 ITworld.com

Privacy proposals could cost billions

The cost of complying with privacy legislation now pending in Congress could run well into the billions of dollars for companies doing business online, according to a report released Tuesday by the Association for Competitive Technology (ACT).-- 5/7/2001 ITworld.com

Corporate privacy policies scrutinized

The merits of company privacy policies were debated today as an FTC commissioner criticized them for being confusing and unwieldy while some corporate privacy officers said the federal government was partly to blame for the complex statements.-- 5/3/2001 Computerworld

Senators mull Telecom Act five years later

Competition in local telephone service and DSL was not improved as much as expected by the Telecommunications Act of 1996, industry officals testified to the Senate.-- 5/2/2001 ITworld.com

Marketers back anti-spam bill

Online marketers are said to be lining up behind a Senate bill crafted to limit unsolicited email, or spam. However, privacy advocates claim that the measure does not go far enough.-- 4/26/2001 Infoworld

Proposed broadband bill gets cold reception

Powerful lawmakers on Tuesday were poised to introduce controversial new telecom legislation that favors the Baby Bells. Representatives W.J. Tauzin, R-La., and John Dingell, D-Mich., have crafted the Internet Freedom and Broadband Deployment Act of 2001.-- 4/24/2001 Infoworld

FCC's Powell:'Net content to remain unregulated

It's a myth that the Internet is not regulated, said Michael Powell, newly-installed chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference during a keynote speech on Tuesday.-- 4/24/2001 ITworld.com

Bill proposes tax credits for IT training

US senators introduced a bill Tuesday that would provide a tax credit to employers that invest in training programs to increase workers' IT skills and fill empty IT jobs.-- 4/24/2001 ITworld.com

Cheney endorses Internet tax ban

The Bush administration endorses a ban on all Internet access taxes and wants Congress to approve such a measure by the end of this year, Vice President Dick Cheney told high-tech business leaders in a speech Wednesday in Virginia-- 4/19/2001 ITworld.com

CERT will sell early security warnings to business

The CERT Coordination Center, a government-funded Internet security group, will offer a 45-day advance security notice service, previously reserved for government agencies, to private sector companies.-- 4/19/2001 ITworld.com

FTC sues to protect personal data

The US Federal Trade Commission filed lawsuits aimed at halting the operations of three online "information brokers" that offer to locate personal financial information, such as bank balances, in return for fees.-- 4/19/2001 Computerworld

Federal government eyes more IT outsourcing

If the Bush administration has its way, an increased amount of federal services may soon be outsourced. IT, which accounts for some $44 billion in federal spending, is considered a prime candidate for outsourcing. -- 4/18/2001 Computerworld

Judge might order H1-B recruiter to pay legal fees

A company that recruits workers to the U.S. under the H-1B visa program might have to pay the legal fees of an employee it recruited from India. The employee sued the company when it tried to make him pay tens of thousands of dollars in fees and expenses for breaking his employment contract. -- 4/18/2001 ITworld.com

Federal Websites using cookies to track users

More than 60 federal agency Websites use software to track the habits of users despite rules banning the practice, according to preliminary findings in a report to Congress on Internet privacy released yesterday.-- 4/17/2001 Computerworld

HIPAA rules go into effect without changes

The Bush administration last week reversed course and decided not to oppose enactment of a controversial set of medical data privacy rules -- at least for now.-- 4/16/2001 Computerworld

Government broadband moves further threaten DSL

Businesses already swimming in broadband uncertainties may find the waters even muddier after upcoming legislation designed to free the Baby Bells from long-distance data transport regulations.-- 4/16/2001 Infoworld

Anti-UCITA sentiment growing

Legislators in Iowa, New York, North Dakota, and Oregon have introduced anti-UCITA bomb shelter legislation, designed to negate the effects of the software licensing law.-- 4/13/2001 Infoworld

Government launches study of domain names

The U.S. government is funding a study to examine the impact of new technologies and policies on the domain name system as part of a long-term effort to ensure that searching on the Internet not only remains feasible but also improves.-- 4/11/2001 ITworld.com

Health care IT groups fight for HIPAA passage

As Republican legislators continue to attack the Clinton administration's health data privacy rules, major health care IT groups last week urged the federal government to implement the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA.)-- 4/09/2001 Computerworld

Trade group opposes broadband plan

A Washington trade group last week made a pre-emptive strike against upcoming legislation designed to set the Baby Bells free from long-distance data-transport regulations. -- 4/09/2001 Infoworld

Federal systems are prey to hackers

Hackers are becoming more and more successful in gaining root-privilege control of government computer systems containing sensitive information, said federal officials who testified last week before a U.S. House subcommittee.. -- 4/09/2001 Computerworld

ITAA says U.S. to fall short of H-1B visa quota

A soured U.S. economic climate has created a drastic change in the country's recruitment of foreign technology talent. -- 4/04/2001 Infoworld

U.S. House Speaker 'bullish' on IT

U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is bullish on the effect the IT industry has on the U.S. economy and supports a hands-off approach by government on the issues of Internet taxation and online privacy, he said. -- 4/02/2001 ITworld.com

The taxman's burden

The IRS has tried -- and failed -- to modernize twice before. Now it's taking another swing. Will it be a hit or three strikes and yer out? -- 4/01/2001 CIO

Setting sail on a new IT agenda

The Bush administration is expected to chart a pro-business course for a raft of IT policy issues such as privacy and regulatory reviews -- 3/30/2001 Infoworld

ESign provisions draw business ire

Some businesses are expressing concern that the ESign Act, the new law that gives electronic signatures the same legal weight as written ones, is creating obstacles to e-business as well as affecting Web site design. -- 3/30/2001 Computerworld

Impact of Bush IT advisory panel remains unclear

President Bush named a prominent Silicon Valley venture capitalist to co-chair an advisory committee on science and technology, but it's not certain how much influence the panel will have on government IT policies. -- 3/29/2001 Computerworld

FCC Chairman Powell seeks to overhaul agency

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell made his formal congressional debut on Thursday, mapping out his philosophy for overhauling the powerful regulatory agency. -- 3/29/2001 Infoworld

Anti-spam bill passes US subcommittee

The subcommittee approved legislation Wednesday that would prohibit sending unsolicited email unless it is labeled as an unsolicited commercial advertisement.-- 3/23/2001 ITworld.com

FTC workshop looks at key data privacy issues

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Tuesday began examining how companies exchange personal data and create profiles of consumers -- two issues at the heart of the ongoing debate between supporters and opponents of increased data privacy regulations.-- 3/13/2001 Computerworld

FBI: Fix your NT security now

The FBI launched 40 investigations into alleged hacking incidents by Eastern European organized crime groups that are believed to have stolen more than 1 million credit card numbers from e-commerce and online finance Web sites powered by Windows NT servers. -- 3/9/2001 Computerworld.com

Internet Summit: US Postal taps digital authentication

The US Postal Service can now issue digital signatures on smart cards through post offices across the country using "in person proofing" as part of the process, officials said Wednesday.-- 3/7/2001 ITworld.com

Internet Summit: Government leaders tout tech policies

In Dublin, the "Celtic Tiger" economic success story has been based in part on "less is more," while the US technology industry has matured to the point that it now needs high-level representation in Washington. These messages rounded out the final full day of the 2001 Global Internet Summit.-- 3/7/2001 ITworld.com

Internet Summit: Broadband spread requires cooperation

Providing broadband connectivity to everyone in the country would be the most valuable thing the U.S. could do, but business and government have to work together to make it happen, said Cisco CEO John Chambers on Tuesday.-- 3/6/2001 ITworld.com

Internet Summit: XML business-process model ready for release

XML has been touted as a common language for business processes, which is needed to create next-generation collaborative business models. A group of heavy hitters will soon release a spec to make this a reality.-- 3/7/2001 ITworld.com

Judges question validity of Microsoft antitrust case

Both sides in the Microsoft antitrust case Monday faced a steady stream of blistering questions from a panel of seven US Court of Appeals judges. But the DOJ was hit the hardest, with several judges bluntly questioning the foundation of the government's case.-- 2/26/2001 ITworld.com

Microsoft to court: We never hurt rivals

Lawyers for the software giant and the Department of Justice squared off today before the US Court of Appeals as part of two days of oral arguments in the landmark antitrust case.-- 2/26/2001 ITworld.com

Napster gets brief reprieve

A federal court of appeals ruled Monday that Napster infringes on record company copyrights through the operation of its music file-trading service. The ruling, however, also directed that the Napster service be allowed to continue operations until the original injunction is modified to comply with the appeals court's decision.-- 2/13/2001 ITworld.com 

Federal net privacy mandate riles healthcare industry

Virtually the entire healthcare industry rose in opposition to new federal health-care privacy rules last week, saying the regulations -- more than 1,700 pages, with more coming -- will hinder medical care and require companies to overhaul network and systems infrastructures to meet new security demands.-- 2/12/2001 Netfusion.com 

McNealy: Microsoft continues anticompetitive activities

Sun chairman and CEO Scott McNealy said on Thursday that he believes Microsoft continues to leverage its near-monopoly in desktop operating systems by investing in an assortment of companies, thus limiting consumer choice and stifling innovation.-- 2/8/2001 ITworld.com 

Andy Grove: Small businesses facing digital divide

US small businesses have been too slow to invest in IT infrastructure and adapt their businesses to the Internet, and as a result they are staring into a growing business technology digital divide, according to Intel Chairman Andy Grove. -- 2/7/2001 IDG News Service 

FTC eyes consumer profiling

Next month an FTC workshop will examine data privacy issues, focusing on a proposed standard for companies sharing consumer buying habits and personal information between each other.-- 2/7/2001 Computerworld.com 

Powell boosts deregulation -- for real

Competitive local exchange carriers and independent ISPs looking for guaranteed access to big local phone and cable networks may soon get a chilly reception at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. -- 2/6/2001 Netfusion.com 

On the spot: Tough privacy questions for IT leaders

How would you react if your CEO ordered your IT organization to track an employee's e-mail? Or if a hacker gained access to sensitive customer information? We posed this and four other hypothetical privacy scenarios to two IT leaders.-- 2/5/2001 Computerworld.com 

Legislating privacy may hurt bottom line

Privacy regulation has the potential to raise a company's marketing and IT costs, said industry groups and end users who are preparing to challenge the growing push for privacy laws in Congress by outlining the economic consequences. -- 2/3/2001 Computerworld.com 

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