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SD Representatives Voted in Favor of New Bill, Repeals FCC Guidelines

From the latest shared news online, at least three members of the Congress from South Dakota (SD) agreed to support the new bill for Internet browsing and voting down the existing privacy guidelines of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

With this recent move by these members of the Congress, it is possible for Internet service providers to sell information from their clients to prospected advertisers even without their permission. It might be possible that because those South Dakota congressional representatives received donations from telecommunication firms during the election, they agreed to support the bill.

This issue began to manifest few weeks ago when majority of the US Congress representatives voted “Yes” to pass the new bill and repealing the existing FCC privacy rules. At least 215 members voted in favor of the decision, while 205 members made an effort to block the modification of the rules.

The new bill aims to provide an easier access to ISPs in tracking down and selling Internet browsing information from the people. Meaning, these providers can decide on what to do with the information without asking consent to the owners.

From the existing FCC rules passed under the Barack Obama administration, it provides the clients more power to stop their ISPs in controlling their information when accessing the Internet. Likewise, it requires the service providers to ask permission to their clients before they can use their data for advertising ventures.

Unfortunately, the newly passed bill somehow changes this kind of control because now the service providers have the authority to use and sell the information they collect from millions of web users. Because of this, many are still hoping that it may still be possible to block the implementation of the new bill because US President Donald Trump has yet to sign it.

If ever President Trump signed and approved it, it will alter the current guidelines of the FCC. In line with this, the White House revealed that the President might sign the new bill because he strongly supports the repealing of the existing rules, as stated by the news online.

It is also possible that even if the broadband providers assure their clients that they will never sell their browsing data, some consumer advocates are worrying about the security of people who are providing information when using the Internet.

According to Jeff Chester as quoted by the report online, both advertisers and marketers may line up to access all the information available for countless of web users. Chester is one of the sincere advocates from the Center for Digital Democracy and he strongly oppose the new bill.

In line with this issue, mobile phone carriers, cable firms as well as the industry of advertising believe that the FCC guidelines can be tricky. For them, it would not be easy to establish better advertising income if they still need to get permission from their clients whenever they need to use browsing histories online.

Because FCC does not control Facebook and Google with less restrictive requirements, most telecom companies today believe that the rules are unfair to them.

As for the South Dakota representatives who voted in favor of the bill, thy said that their decision is for the interest of their people.

Denville Residents Must Be Aware of IRS Phone Scams and Other Fraud Deals

March 18, 2017 – From the statement of the police authority in Denville Township in New Jersey, many residents here are experiencing bogus callers who present themselves as employees of the Internal Revenue Service or IRS. They call different residences and ask their targeted victims to pay their tax dues if they want to avoid any lawsuit.

According from the shared news information online, Captain Paul Nigro these phone scammers present themselves as IRS agents and calling landline numbers from various houses in Denville. They will make an effort to convince a targeted victim about owing money from the tax agency and if the person refuses to send the payment through wire transfer, they threaten by saying a filed lawsuit will come out and he or she will be imprison.

“Recently, we have learned that the people perpetrating these crimes are using technology to conceal their telephone number and substitute it with phone numbers that appear legitimate when they are displayed on caller ID units,” said Nigro in a statement as quoted by the news.

The officer added that these bogus callers even sometimes utilize local police authorities’ phone numbers and this somehow pressured the victim to believe that the fake IRS agent is making a legitimate call.

For the Denville residents, it is important to know that if ever they have tax dues with the IRS, the agency does not transact with them through phone calls. Rather, they will notify them through sending U.S. mail and delivered by the postman direct to the house. This is a crucial matter to understand in avoiding any unwanted fraud transactions from bogus IRS representatives or collecting agents.

Like what Captain Nigro said also, the NJ Natural Gas, JCP&L and PSE&G implement the same notification via U.S. mail and not through telephone conversation when information their clients.

It is very important for Denville residents to avoid dealing with a caller whose intention is to ask for money transfer, regardless if it is about the IRS or other transaction. These days, there are also phone callers who victimize other residents by declaring them as lottery winners and must send money for the processing fees before they receive the prize.  Like what Nigro stated, many individuals easily believe this kind of call and show eagerness to get huge amount of money without knowing that the caller is a fraud.

Based on the observation of the police authorities, the main targets of phone scammers are elders or senior citizens who always stay home. This is the exact reason why the other members of the family ought to be aware of this situation and must remind their elders not to talk to strangers over the telephone. They need to hang up the phone when someone talks about money matters to avoid becoming victims of any fraud transaction.

Another important strategy to consider is to coordinate with the bank where a senior citizen deposits money to get the best help in preventing a scammer.

For the past years, countless of people worldwide are falling from this type of phone scam and those bogus callers had stolen millions of dollars already.

McCain Urges Trump To Support Wiretapping Claims

(March 07, 2017) –  United States Senator John McCain urges President Donald Trump to publicize the evidence backing up his claim that the previous Obama administration had wiretapped him while investigating the influence of Russia in the recently concluded 2016 National Election.

The Republican Senator McCain said in an interview he thinks the United States president must come forward with the information that would indicate the past administration wiretapped Trump Tower. Meanwhile, Jason Chaffetz, head of the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and also a Republican lawmaker, said that he had not seen anything that would directly back up the claim of the president.

Likewise, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said the panel would inquire about both the Director James Comey of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department if he had shared information with the law enforcement agency to oppose the wiretapping claim by President Trump. Senator Graham is the head of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee that looks into the reports that Russia interfered with the election.

On Monday, the White House alleged that President Trump still supports Comey, even if he is confident in challenging Trump’s allegations that the previous administration of Barack Obama had conducted wiretapping. When asked if Trump still believed Comey, Sean Spicer, the White House Spokesman, said that there is nothing that Trump told him would make him believe there are any differences that what it was before.

Spicer further added he was almost 100 percent certain Trump did not speak with Comey since the president made the claims via Twitter. He is not aware that it happened. But when asked during an interview with “Good Morning America” whether or not the president accepted Comey’s allegations, Sarah Huckabee, the White House spokeswoman said she does not think he does. On the other hand, the FBI has failed to comment on communications by Comey.

President Trump did not present any evidence to his claim that the Trump Tower was wiretapped. The claim is the most recent twist in a controversy surrounding the relationship between Trump associates and Russia, which determined his presidency’s early days.

However, the allegations of wiretapping took a hit on the U.S. stock market. Some investors are reluctant that the claims could distract Trump from his economic platform of the introduction of tax cuts and streamlining regulations that has fueled a record-inducing rally on Wall Street since the election. The proposals of Trump are still lacking details, which made investors ask whether the president’s post-election rally is already in motion.

University Students Could Face Fines, Criminal Records For Buying Plagiarized Essays Online

(February 23, 2017) –  New proposals suggest that university students who purchase essays online could face fines and criminal records. The government is seriously considering plans to eradicate plagiarism.

This means that students who will be caught cheating could likely be criminalized. This is in the middle of the growing “essay generating” industry threatening to compromise the quality of a particular British university degree. Just last month, it was reported that more than 20,000 students at British universities are willing to pay up to £6,750 for ready-made essays to get a degree.

The Department of Education is now teaming it with universities to trace students who cheat on their essays. It is currently consulting on numerous proposals with higher education departments about the possibilities of fines, being blacklisted academically and even pressing criminal records for students who submit essays written by professionals.

In particular, the universities regulator Quality Assurance Agency is working with the government and is also advocating the new laws. A spokeswoman for the Department of Education shared the Government was all ears to every proposal. She added that a change or revision in the law was something worth considering in the future.

She said it is truly something that could be in the guidance, and they are not ruling out any chance in legislation along the way. The new guidance she was referring to will be implemented in September, which will coincide with the start of the succeeding academic year.

The Extent Of Ready-Made Essays And Dissertations Online

Last month, over 20,000 students were believed to have bought ready-made dissertations and essays from essay-generating websites. For a PhD dissertation, a student can pay up to £6,750. In addition, the volume of students who are using essay-generating websites has significantly increased in the last five years. According to the Quality Assurance Agency, it is confirmed that over 100 essay services online are by now up and running.

Even if the universities are using advanced software for anti-plagiarism to detect any copied academic texts, “contract cheating” still renders markers and examiners powerless in the prevention of plagiarism. Contract cheating is a way when a student makes use of a third party to generate original academic work. It usually involves payments that could go up to hundreds.
As a result, students avoid the plagiarism checkers of their universities. Today, there are hundreds of websites offering ready-made dissertation and essay writing services. These services work under the idea that no students must submit their products and claim it as their own work. But the exact opposite is happening, because in reality, thousands of students are claiming to be the authors of these ready-made essays and dissertations.