An inadvertent leak that the federal government was able to listen to phone calls made by the wife of one of the Boston bombers has exposed the government's enormous, and invasive, ability to collect all such data from every citizen in the country.
The U.S. Senate approved a bill Monday by a vote of 69-27 authorizing states to require out-of-state sellers to collect and remit state and local taxes on sales made to in-state customers.
A new proposal would give the federal government real-time access to all private online communications of every American.
As the Senate moves toward likely passage of legislation to allow states to tax Internet sales, some unusual coalitions continue to push for and against the bill.
Senate sources report that CISPA (the controversial Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act) likely will not come up for a vote this year.
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill sponsored by Senators Jim Leahy and Mike Lee that would require law enforcement and government to obtain warrants before searching electronic communications.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is so eager to get an Internet sales tax bill passed that he has skipped the normal committee process and is bringing the bill directly to the Senate floor.
The Defense Department has reportedly blocked access of military personnel to the Southern Baptist Convention's website because of "hostile content" on the site.
According to research, CISPA supporters spent $605 million convincing congressmen to vote for the bill, outspending opponents 38 to one.