Lawmaker urges regulations for file-sharing software

A senior U.S. lawmaker said on July 29 that it might be time for the government to regulate companies that provide online file-sharing services after several high-profile security breaches, Reuters reports. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y., said during a hearing on the safety of peer-to-peer software that he was astonished at privacy breaches involving LimeWire, operated by the Lime Group. Using LimeWire, people reportedly have been able to access FBI files, medical records, Social Security numbers, and even a file containing information about a safe house location for President Barack Obama and his family. "As far as I am concerned, the days of self-regulation should be over for the file-sharing industry," Towns said, adding that he plans to introduce legislation that would ban unsecure, open-network, peer-to-peer software from all government and contractor computers and networks. Lime Wire founder and Chairman Mark Gorton defended his company, saying any inadvertent file-sharing has been fixed in the newest version of the software, and steps have been installed to put the user more in control…

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