The EFF, ACLU, EPIC, and more than a dozen other privacy and rights groups call on the U.S. to stop an "unprecedented lobbying campaign" over the proposed changes to EU data protection and privacy laws.
Industry bigwigs are ramping up their voice in Washington on topics like Internet regulation.
The social networking spent $960,000 on lobbying in the second quarter of 2012, the first time it has come close to spending seven figures in a single quarter.
The search giant doled out a record amount to Washington lobbyists during the first quarter, a big increase over the money spent in the previous quarter.
The Web giant, subject of both a Senate antitrust hearing and a Federal Trade Commission investigation, spent $9.68 million on federal lobbying last year.
China's Alibaba has retained DC lobbyists at the Duberstein Group, suggesting it's gearing up to make a takeover bid for Yahoo.
Spending on Google's congressional arm-wringing was up 29 percent this year as the company sought to defend its interests in Washington.
The search giant spent $950,000 on federal lobbyists in the second quarter, 30 percent more than it spent the same quarter a year ago.
Search giant is quickly catching up to Redmond as a tech power to be reckoned with in Washington D.C., according to recent filings.
New criteria for consumer electronics makers assesses whether companies are lobbying for industrywide laws to prevent competitors from using environmentally damaging materials.