Facebook, Microsoft, and Google have lobbied the Obama administration to loosen their gag orders on national security orders. Facebook says it received more than 9,000 requests for user data from local and federal officials in the last six months of 2012.
New wearable computers are drawing concerns from some about policy and privacy issues. Others say such worries stem primarily from a fear of change. Discussions continue about the appropriate place for such technology in varied social situations.
A bill aimed at collecting sales tax for online goods has cleared the Senate. However, the House will prove to be a problem as many see the bill as a tax increase – something many Republicans pledged they would not do.