'A More Just and Equitable Future': Advocates Welcome Markey's Privacy Bill of Rights

'A More Just and Equitable Future': Advocates Welcome Markey's Privacy Bill of Rights

Dylan Gilbert, a policy fellow at the nonprofit Public Knowledge, said that "Senator Markey's Privacy Bill of Rights Act sets a strong, rights-based standard for consumer privacy protection under federal law that goes beyond mere notice and choice.".

Why the Debate Over Privacy Can't Rely on Tech Giants

Why the Debate Over Privacy Can't Rely on Tech Giants

It’s clear after this hearing that companies who deliberately over-collect data and sidestep user privacy are making a business choice, and they could choose to operate differently. Freshman Sen. Josh Hawley asked DeVries whether users can fully turn off all Google’s location tracking services on their Android phones.

Google's work in China benefiting China's military: U.S. general

Google's work in China benefiting China's military: U.S. general

REUTERS/Aly Song “The work that Google is doing in China is indirectly benefiting the Chinese military,” Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

ICE Using Vast Surveillance Database to Target Immigrants

ICE Using Vast Surveillance Database to Target Immigrants

The American Civil Liberties Union has obtained documents showing how Immigration and Customs Enforcement has gained access to a vast surveillance database of billions of records on vehicle locations and is using the data to track down undocumented immigrants.

Senators want to know when they've been hacked

Senators want to know when they've been hacked

In a letter signed by Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, and Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, the senators ask Senate Sergeant at Arms Michael Stenger to provide an annual report on the number of times Senate computers have been hacked, and incidents where hackers were able to access sensitive Senate data.

'Save the Internet Act of 2019' Aims to Restore Net Neutrality

'Save the Internet Act of 2019' Aims to Restore Net Neutrality

Democrats in the House and Senate introduced companions bills aimed at reinstating the Obama-era net neutrality rules that prohibited broadband providers from blocking or throttling websites or offering preferred businesses higher-quality service for additional fees.

U.S. Democrats unveil legislation to reinstate net neutrality rules

U.S. Democrats unveil legislation to reinstate net neutrality rules

REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo The bill mirrors an effort last year to reverse the FCC’s December 2017 order repealing landmark rules approved in 2015 that barred internet providers from blocking or slowing content or offering paid “fast lanes.” “It is a fight that we can win,” said Senator Ed Markey, a bill sponsor, at a Capitol Hill news conference.

AT&T Throwing FundRaiser For Senate Chair Ahead Of Privacy Hearings

AT&T Throwing FundRaiser For Senate Chair Ahead Of Privacy Hearings

The next day Wicker’s committee will hold its first hearing of the new Congress on crafting comprehensive data privacy legislation — a key issue for the telecom industry." The fact that a huge swath of folks don't see a problem here speaks to how Sisyphean the effort for meaningful privacy rules is going to be.

U.S. lawmakers in battle to regulate social media firms on data-privacy

U.S. lawmakers in battle to regulate social media firms on data-privacy

Most significantly, tech companies themselves have been lobbying Congress to pass national legislation that would override an emerging patchwork of state privacy laws – particularly new rules set to take effect in California next year that would give the state’s attorney-general broad powers to police Silicon Valley.

This Is What Tech Companies Want in Any Federal Data Privacy Legislation

This Is What Tech Companies Want in Any Federal Data Privacy Legislation

Here’s what some tech companies and a key industry group want in any future privacy legislation: Google/Internet Association In general, both parties agree on the following Apple:

Sen. Warner blasts Google for hidden Nest microphone: Federal agencies and Congress 'must have hearings to shine a light on the dark underbelly of the digital economy'

Sen. Warner blasts Google for hidden Nest microphone: Federal agencies and Congress 'must have hearings to shine a light on the dark underbelly of the digital economy'

"That was an error on our part." Read more: Google says the built-in microphone it never told Nest users about was 'never supposed to be a secret' Warner said that federal hearings may need to take place to bring more answers to consumer questions about their smart home devices.

Wyden pitches jail time, billions in fines for online privacy violators with ‘Do Not Track’ bill

Wyden pitches jail time, billions in fines for online privacy violators with ‘Do Not Track’ bill

“Providing more authority and resources to the US Federal Trade Commission is a critical foundation for robust privacy protection.” The bill’s eye-popping penalties are reserved for large companies and wouldn’t apply to privacy violations themselves.

AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile US pledge, again, to not sell your location to shady geezers. Sorry, we don't believe them

AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile US pledge, again, to not sell your location to shady geezers. Sorry, we don't believe them

"Nonetheless, we are reviewing these issues carefully to ensure the proper handling of all AT&T customer information." And T-Mobile US's Legere told Senator Wyden to his face that he would end the practice of selling location data through third parties.

Senators Call on FCC To Investigate T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint Selling Location Data to Bounty Hunters

Senators Call on FCC To Investigate T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint Selling Location Data to Bounty Hunters

Image: Ethan Miller/Getty Images On Tuesday, Motherboard revealed that major American telcos T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint are selling customer location data of users in an unregulated market that trickles down to bounty hunters and people not authorized to handle such information.

Assistance and Access Bill

Assistance and Access Bill

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Senators Call for Jail, Fines After Marriott Data Breach

Senators Call for Jail, Fines After Marriott Data Breach

“Clearly the current status quo isn’t working—the Federal Trade Commission needs real powers with strong teeth in order to punish companies that lose or misuse Americans’ private information,” said Wyden, adding: “Until companies like Marriott feel the threat of multi-billion dollar fines, and jail-time for their senior executives, these companies won’t take privacy seriously.”

Prison time, hefty fines for data privacy violations: draft U.S. Senate bill

Prison time, hefty fines for data privacy violations: draft U.S. Senate bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior Democratic U.S. senator on Thursday unveiled draft legislation that would allow hefty fines and as much as 20-year prison terms for executives who violate privacy and cybersecurity standards.

Sen. Ron Wyden Introduces Bill That Would Send CEOs to Jail for Violating Consumer Privacy

Sen. Ron Wyden Introduces Bill That Would Send CEOs to Jail for Violating Consumer Privacy

The Senator’s proposal would dramatically beef up Federal Trade Commission authority and funding to crack down on privacy violations, let consumers opt out of having their sensitive personal data collected and sold, and impose harsh new penalties on a massive data monetization industry that has for years claimed that self-regulation is all that’s necessary to protect consumer privacy.

A Consumer Privacy Hearing With No One Representing Consumers

A Consumer Privacy Hearing With No One Representing Consumers

We look forward to a confirmed hearing date with a diverse panel of witnesses from academia, advocacy, and state consumer protection authorities. Senator Schatz questioned whether companies were coming to Congress simply to block state privacy laws and raised the prospect of creating an actual federal privacy regulator with broad authority.

Kavanaugh’s toxic net neutrality record went mostly unnoticed during hearings

Kavanaugh’s toxic net neutrality record went mostly unnoticed during hearings

Last month several Senate Democrats criticized Kavanaugh’s views on net neutrality, highlighting a dissent he wrote in a case that upheld the 2015 Open Internet Order, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule that enshrined the internet protections and was rescinded last year by the Republican-controlled agency.

Wannabe Supreme Brett Kavanaugh red-faced after leaked emails contradict spy testimony

Wannabe Supreme Brett Kavanaugh red-faced after leaked emails contradict spy testimony

One email from Kavanaugh, who was working at the White House at the time, to John Yoo at the Justice Department in September 2001, appears to directly contradict Kavanaugh's claims (made under oath) not to have heard about the warrantless surveillance program known as Stellar Wind until it was exposed in an article in 2005.