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Heartbleed coder admits 'oversight' but backs open source

The programmer who inadvertently introduced the Heartbleed bug to the Internet on New Year's Eve 2011 reckons the fact it was eventually spotted proves the value of open source.

By April 11, 2014


DOJ wiggles on Apple e-book remedies but not oversight

The US Department of Justice says it's willing to cut the length of an injunction against Apple in half to five years but says having an external monitor is required.

By August 23, 2013


Oversight: Crowdsourcing the NSA's surveillance programs

Geek comedian Tom Scott imagines citizen volunteers accessing the real-time data store of spy agencies to help keep the country safe.

By August 6, 2013


NSA Senate oversight bill may handcuff U.S. companies

Proposal that supposedly increases oversight of the National Security Agency instead could hinder companies trying to challenge warrantless demands for their confidential customer data.

By July 9, 2013


Chinese regulator calls for tighter oversight of Apple

Watchdog wants greater supervision of the iPhone maker's consumer-right practices in the wake of state-run media reports critical of the company's warranty policies.

By March 28, 2013


Yale oversight exposes 43,000 Social Security numbers

Purdue University also reports exposure of more than 7,000 Social Security numbers after unknown person accesses server.

By August 23, 2011


Microsoft oversight ends with little to show for effort

As the software giant's 2002 consent decree with the Justice Department ends, Windows continues to generate billions in cash fueling forays into new markets.

By May 12, 2011


Obama keeps privacy oversight board on ice

Even though a 2007 law requires the president to appoint members of an independent privacy board "in a timely manner," he still has failed to do so despite continued pressure from Congress.

By May 13, 2010


Net oversight board to consider .xxx domains

ICM Registry is again urging ICANN to allow adult sites to add .xxx to their names, creating what some have called a red-light district in cyberspace.

By March 10, 2010


Watchdog backs NSA foreign-spying program

The federal Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board calls the program "effective," but recommends some improvements.

By July 2, 2014