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More than 3 million comments submitted to FCC as it rewrites open Internet rules

With a record three million comments and counting, the Federal Communications Commission officially closed the public comment period Sept. 15 on whether to allow Internet "fast lanes," in which faster service would be given to websites willing to pay for it.

FBI: Advanced searchable digital system of biometric, other data fully operational

The FBI said Sept. 15 that it's state-of-the-art digital system, which expands the bureau's identification capabilities for biometric and other types of data, is fully operational.

NIST offers help in securing printers, copiers, scanners from cyber intrusions

The National Institute of Standards and Technology recently released draft guidance pointing out the risks and vulnerabilties of such so-called replication devices, which increasingly also include 3D printers and scanners. Besides reminding people about potential cybersecurity problems, it offers advice on how such devices and information that's stored or transmitted can be better protected.

Paper explores impact of people's 'cyborgization' to surveillance, privacy laws

As people increasingly and constantly use cellphones, wearable computers and other devices – which, in essence, have become an extension of themselves – a new paper from the Brookings Institution explores the future impact to surveillance and privacy from this trending "cyborgization."

House overwhelmingly passes digital labeling legislation

The House on Sept. 11 passed by a 402-0 vote bipartisan legislation that promotes electronic labeling of devices rather than affixing or etching labels to equipment.

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The Internal Revenue Service isn't processing complaints against tax preparers in a timely manner, which leaves unethical tax preparers able to swindle more taxpayers, a recently released Aug. 8 Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report says. The IRS processed about 77 million individual electronically filed federal income tax returns prepared by paid tax return preparers in 2013.

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The Environmental Protection Agency does not apply sustainability tools to its decision making in the same way it emphasizes approaches such as exposure assessment, risk analysis and environmental-footprint analysis, or social and economic tools, says the National Research Council.