FBI secretly demands a ton of consumer data from credit agencies. Now lawmakers want answers

FBI secretly demands a ton of consumer data from credit agencies. Now lawmakers want answers

Three lawmakers — Democratic senators Ron Wyden and Elizabeth Warren, and Republican senator Rand Paul — have sent letters to Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion, expressing their “alarm” as to why the credit giants have failed to disclose the number of government demands for consumer data they receive.

Joe Biden's Record On Privacy May Give Democrats Pause – InsideSources

Joe Biden's Record On Privacy May Give Democrats Pause – InsideSources

Joe Biden’s record on privacy issues extends back to at least 1994 when, as a US Senator from Delaware, he introduced the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA).

Giving Government Vast Snooping Authority Is One Thing Democrats and Republicans Both Like

Giving Government Vast Snooping Authority Is One Thing Democrats and Republicans Both Like

This relatively innocuous language pushes back the sunset provision of the Patriot Act by three months, leaving its vast powers in the hands of a president who Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden charges with "failure to uphold basic democratic principles," who House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has accused of "alarming connections and conduct with Russia" and, joined by Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer, says is making an attempt to "shred the Constitution.".

Congressional Democrats demand details on Google's use of patient data by Dec. 6

Congressional Democrats demand details on Google's use of patient data by Dec. 6

CNBC later reported, and the companies confirmed, that they had signed an industry-standard agreement that allows for some sharing of protected health information under the current health privacy rules, known as HIPAA, but forbids either company from using that data for any purpose but to provide patient care.

U.S. Congress seeks answers on patient privacy in Google, Ascension cloud deal

U.S. Congress seeks answers on patient privacy in Google, Ascension cloud deal

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Four Democratic leaders on the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce committee on Monday wrote Alphabet Inc’s Google and Ascension Health demanding briefings by Dec. 6 on how patient data the hospital chain is storing on the cloud is used.

Andrew Yang wants you to make money off your data by making it your personal property

Andrew Yang wants you to make money off your data by making it your personal property

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang released his comprehensive plan to regulate the tech industry in a blog post Thursday.Regulating the tech industry has become a popular talking point among Democrats in the 2020 primary race, with candidates like Elizabeth Warren proposing breaking up tech giants.

Ocasio-Cortez stumps Zuckerberg with questions on far right and Cambridge Analytica

Ocasio-Cortez stumps Zuckerberg with questions on far right and Cambridge Analytica

Ocasio-Cortez stumps Zuckerberg with questions on far right and Cambridge Analytica.Mark Zuckerberg faced a grueling examination from the Democratic lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday, with questions over the Cambridge Analytica scandal and Facebook’s reluctance to police political advertising.

Bernie Sanders Says DMVs Should Stop Profiting From Drivers’ Personal Data

Bernie Sanders Says DMVs Should Stop Profiting From Drivers’ Personal Data

Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said that Departments of Motor Vehicles should not profit from drivers' personal information after a Motherboard investigation found DMVs across the country selling data to a wide array of companies, including private investigators.

Facebook admits app made to keep kids safe actually introduced them to adult strangers

Facebook admits app made to keep kids safe actually introduced them to adult strangers

"We are in regular contact with the FTC on many issues and products, including Messenger Kids," Facebook Vice President Kevin Martin wrote in a letter to two Democrats, which was reported by Reuters.

Democrats on the House Financial Services Committee are asking Facebook to put its cryptocurrency plans on hold

Democrats on the House Financial Services Committee are asking Facebook to put its cryptocurrency plans on hold

Maxine Waters, Carolyn Maloney, Lacy Clay, Al Green, and Stephen Lynch wrote to the $556 billion social network's top executives to ask it to impose a moratorium on Libra until regulators and Congress have had time to explore concerns, including the risk of hacking, data security, and global financial security.

Ajit Pai Is Still Withholding Facts About Location-Data Abuse From Fellow Commissioners

Ajit Pai Is Still Withholding Facts About Location-Data Abuse From Fellow Commissioners

At an oversight hearing last month, House lawmakers pressed Chairman Ajit Pai to respond to charges that his office had refused to provide the Democratic commissioners with access to requested documentation, including any letters of inquiry the FCC might’ve sent to companies under suspicion of illegally selling location data derived from consumers’ cellphones.

Facebook urged to pause Libra crypto-currency project

Facebook urged to pause Libra crypto-currency project

"Given the company's troubled past, I am requesting that Facebook agree to a moratorium on any movement forward on developing a crypto-currency until Congress and regulators have the opportunity to examine these issues and take action," said Democratic congresswoman Maxine Waters.

Democrats Need to Tame the Facebook Monster They Helped Create

Democrats Need to Tame the Facebook Monster They Helped Create

Democratic leaders Frank Pallone and Jan Schakowksy did an oversight review of Facebook’s regulator, the Federal Trade Commission, with all five commissioners, including Chairman Joe Simons, advancing ideas on how to address privacy rules in America today.

San Francisco Takes a Historic Step Forward in the Fight for Privacy

San Francisco Takes a Historic Step Forward in the Fight for Privacy

The Stop Secret Surveillance Ordinance also takes an important step toward ensuring a more informed and democratic process before the San Francisco Police Department and other city agencies may acquire other kinds of surveillance technologies.

Elizabeth Warren applauds Facebook cofounder's call to break up the tech giant into 3 companies

Elizabeth Warren applauds Facebook cofounder's call to break up the tech giant into 3 companies

Sen. Elizabeth Warren , the Massachusetts Democrat who is running for president in 2020, has celebrated the Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes' call to break up Facebook two months after she rolled out her own plan to break up the largest US tech companies, including Amazon, Google, and Facebook.

Worried about Huawei? Take a closer look at Tencent

Worried about Huawei? Take a closer look at Tencent

International civil society groups can assist users and democratic governments by maintaining up-to-date digital security guides available in Chinese, documenting the extent to which content outside China is censored or monitored on WeChat and exploring legal recourse for those whose rights may have been violated by Tencent’s practices.

LOKI: Can the “Trickster” Crypto Help Restore Democratic Order to the Internet?

LOKI: Can the “Trickster” Crypto Help Restore Democratic Order to the Internet?

LOKI If you are new to LOKI, the Australian project is self described on their landing page as a “privacy network which will allow users to transact and communicate privately over the internet, providing a suite of tools to help maintain the maximum amount of anonymity possible while browsing, transacting and communicating online”.

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.

Pelosi says Democrats to introduce bill to bring back net neutrality this week

Pelosi says Democrats to introduce bill to bring back net neutrality this week

Speaker Nancy Pelosi Nancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiTrump accuses Dems of 'presidential harassment' as investigations ramp up House Democrats ramp up investigations of Trump Biden's experience is his greatest asset and biggest liability MORE (D-Calif.) announced Monday that Democrats will introduce a net neutrality bill to replace the open internet rules that were repealed in 2017.

Why Democracies Die: The Reason Privacy Is the Source of Power in the 21st Century

Why Democracies Die: The Reason Privacy Is the Source of Power in the 21st Century

He said that democracies have been formed through waves — that means, every time there’s been a liberal revolution that established a democracy, other countries tend to follow the pioneer and adopt a democratic process as well.

Privacy Legislation Is Coming in the U.S., Facebook Spies, Tesla Cuts

Privacy Legislation Is Coming in the U.S., Facebook Spies, Tesla Cuts

“This is a long-overdue step by the commission, which has failed to stay abreast of developments in the digital economy on both the consumer protection and competition fronts,” said Sen. Mark Warner, the Virginia Democrat who is a leading light on regulating Big Tech, in a statement.

Congress considers a national standard for data privacy

Congress considers a national standard for data privacy

"All Americans have benefited from state privacy and data breach laws, so their role as policy innovator and law enforcer must be respected." In December, a group of 15 Democrats in the Senate introduced a bill called the Data Care Act that would enact new data protections and limit the ways companies can use personal data.

How to Regulate the Internet Without Becoming a Dictator

How to Regulate the Internet Without Becoming a Dictator

Governments can exert some influence over the internet within their borders without being authoritarian—if they act in a way that protects citizens from cybersecurity threats, such as identity theft or computer hacking—provided those actions are also backed by democratic laws and procedures that prevent the abuse of power (e.g., using cyberinsecurity as an excuse for censorship).

Echoing Defense Industry Donors, Democrats Call for a Surveillance Wall

Echoing Defense Industry Donors, Democrats Call for a Surveillance Wall

These companies, which include Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics, have been lobbying Congress on border technology appropriations for years, and they currently hold the largest border surveillance contracts with the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.

'Smart wall' sparks privacy fears on border

'Smart wall' sparks privacy fears on border

President Trump has also voiced support for "smart walls designed to meet the needs of frontline border agents." Democrats' initial proposal in the border deal talks, put forward last week, called for technologies that could assess the "risk" posed by individuals entering the U.S., as well as tech to monitor movements by people near the border.

Privacy: We Can't Just Assume that Facebook Will Do Its Best

Privacy: We Can't Just Assume that Facebook Will Do Its Best

German Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection Katarina Barley of the center-left Social Democrats responds to Zuckerberg in an op-ed for ZEIT ONLINE. It is the responsibility of each social-media platform to ensure that actionable content is immediately deleted and not further disseminated.

Privacy: We Can't Just Assume that Facebook Will Do Its Best

Privacy: We Can't Just Assume that Facebook Will Do Its Best

German Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection Katarina Barley of the center-left Social Democrats responds to Zuckerberg in an op-ed for ZEIT ONLINE.

Senators Want FCC, FTC To Investigate Selling Of Phone Location Data

Senators Want FCC, FTC To Investigate Selling Of Phone Location Data

A group of 15 senators—including a number of high-profile Democrats—are calling on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to “broadly” investigate how mobile carriers share location data to third parties.

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