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Coalition Targets Online And USENET Privacy Laws
March 30th, 2010

A broad coalition of privacy groups and technology companies, calling itself Digital Due Process, sent a set of principles to Capitol Hill Tuesday to try and convince Congress to update digital communications  privacy laws.  The companies have teamed with more than 20 other technology providers and lobby groups from the right and left of US politics to update a US privacy law. The members cited the need to preserve traditional privacy rights in the face of technological change, while also ensuring that law-enforcement agencies can carry out investigations and the industry has the clarity needed to innovate.

The law the companies are targeting, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, is 24 years old and was created ages before the Internet became mainstream. As a result, there isn’t a lot of clarity about whether documents stored in the cloud or location data from cellphones are protected communications that require search warrants to access. The organizers argue that ECPA, which provides the framework for government access to electronic communications in criminal investigations, needs to address e-mail and private files stored in the online cloud – which would include USENET.

Members of the coalition include: ACLU, American Library Association, Americans for Tax Reform, AOL, Association of Research Libraries, AT&T, Center for Democracy & Technology, Citizens Against Government Waste, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Computer and Communications Industry Association, eBay, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Google, Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, Integra Telecom, Intel, Loopt, Microsoft, NetCoalition, The Progress & Freedom Foundation and Salesforce.com.

According to the coalition, technology has advanced to the point that the act in its current form is no longer enough. They point out email, cell phones, mobile Internet devices and social networking – including USENET newsgroups –  as some of the most pressing issues for the need for revision.

Currently, all communications with ThunderNews.com USENET access is 256-BIT encrypted, secure and private.


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ThunderNews Announces New European SSL Usenet Server Launch
October 24th, 2008

ThunderNews is excited to announce that we have launched our much awaited European SSL Usenet servers. The new European SSL Usenet servers offer the same newsgroup selection and retention as our regular European news servers. ThunderNews customers who subscribe to the Premium SSL account type can access the new Usenet servers now by using the news server name secure.eu.thundernews.com and the same ports as you use to connect to the secure.us.thundernews.com server. Log in on the Member’s pages for more details on connecting to the European SSL news servers.

If you do not have a Premium SSL account and want to upgrade your existing ThunderNews account to the Premium SSL level, please enter an upgrade request at the ThunderNews Help Desk and we will be happy to assist.


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ThunderNews Offers 256 bit SSL NNTP Connections
September 1st, 2007

ThunderNews is please to announce we now offer 256 bit SSL encrypted NNTP connections!

SSL encrypted NNTP connections offer another level of security and privacy allowing you to safeguard your computer’s communications with our news server when browsing messages. With SSL connections, your Usenet communications are encrypted from your ISP, other network providers and any others attempting to monitor traffic.

You may open an account with secure SSL NNTP access by choosing our Premium SSL Server option on our SignUp page.


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