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McCaskill: Contractor that vetted Snowden is under investigation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A company that conducted a 2011 background investigation into Edward Snowden, the source of recent leaks about U.S. secret surveillance programs, is itself under investigation, Senator Claire McCaskill said on Thursday. McCaskill identified the company as USIS, a Falls Church, Virginia-based company whose website says it specializes…

White House backs online ‘privacy bill of rights’

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The White House urged Congress on Wednesday to approve a “consumer privacy bill of rights” that would regulate the collection and use of personal data on the Internet. Assistant Commerce Secretary Lawrence Strickling called for the legislation at a hearing on online privacy held by the Senate…