Facebook is quietly helping to set up a new pro-tech advocacy group to battle Washington

Facebook is quietly helping to set up a new pro-tech advocacy group to battle Washington

The group’s board is set to include Susana Martinez, the former Republican governor of New Mexico; Bradley Smith, a former Republican commissioner on the Federal Election Commission; and Chris Carney, a former Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania who’s now at a consulting firm, two people said.

'Take This Seriously': Digital Rights Group Urges Americans to Beat Back Attempts to Exploit Coronavirus Crisis to Erode Civil Liberties

'Take This Seriously': Digital Rights Group Urges Americans to Beat Back Attempts to Exploit Coronavirus Crisis to Erode Civil Liberties

As President Donald Trump and other Republican leaders called on Americans to flout the advice of public health experts and consider returning to work amid the coronavirus pandemic, digital rights group Fight for the Future launched a campaign on Tuesday urging supporters to help "flatten the curve" and slow the spread of the respiratory virus while warning that government agencies are liable to use widespread anxiety about the pandemic to undermine civil liberties and human rights.

Why Don’t We Just Ban Targeted Advertising?

Why Don’t We Just Ban Targeted Advertising?

Republican senator Orrin Hatch, then 84 years old, asked how Facebook could make any money by offering a free service.Above all, they’ve tried to browbeat the companies into adopting better policies around things like fact-checking, content moderation, and political ads.

Republicans Hate Surveillance on Trump but Sound Like They’ll Renew the PATRIOT Act

Republicans Hate Surveillance on Trump but Sound Like They’ll Renew the PATRIOT Act

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKIIf Republicans have any appetite for reining in domestic surveillance that they describe as a massive violation of the civil liberties of Donald Trump’s associates, it wasn’t on display when FBI Director Christopher Wray made his first appearance on Capitol Hill since the damning Justice Department inspector general’s report into the Trump-Russia investigation.

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.

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.".

Republicans propose mass student surveillance plan to prevent shootings

Republicans propose mass student surveillance plan to prevent shootings

Senate Republicans have a new plan for preventing mass shootings: require public schools to use surveillance technology to monitor students’ online behavior for signs of violence or self-harm.

Tech Tudor: Senate is trying hard to push a mass students surveillance plan to prevent shootings

Tech Tudor: Senate is trying hard to push a mass students surveillance plan to prevent shootings

Recent reports have surfaced that republicans are pushing hard for a Bill by Cornyn entitled, The Response Act which seeks to require public schools to use surveillance technology to monitor students’ online behavior for signs of violence or self-harm.

Why a Republican senator wants the FTC to throw the book at Facebook

Why a Republican senator wants the FTC to throw the book at Facebook

While the Republicans could push through a relatively lenient offer along partisan lines, doing so could come with heavy political costs for the agency, since it would expose them to attacks that the Republican majority is soft on misbehaving technology companies.

The NSA says it's time to drop its massive phone-surveillance program

The NSA says it's time to drop its massive phone-surveillance program

But earlier this year, Republican congressional national security adviser Luke Murry revealed that due to compliance and technical issues, the NSA hadn't even been using the system for the previous six months, calling into question the NSA's previous insistence that such data collection is vital to national security.

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.

Why 2019 might finally bring a national privacy law for the US

Why 2019 might finally bring a national privacy law for the US

(AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File) The most surprising moment in a turbulent year for online privacy may have come in a House Judiciary Committee hearing in early December—when a Republican from Texas said the U.S. needed to follow the European Union’s lead.

Democrats likely to probe tech companies Facebook, Twitter, Google, Instagram over data privacy

Democrats likely to probe tech companies Facebook, Twitter, Google, Instagram over data privacy

While they may not have the same complaints Republicans have about ideological bias, panels run by Democrats are likely to probe Facebook, Twitter, Google, Instagram and the like over data privacy and the role their users have played in political battles.

Google CEO: 'We can do better' on explaining privacy controls to users

Google CEO: 'We can do better' on explaining privacy controls to users

The question came from Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican from California, who said that even though Google offers a privacy dashboard where users can tailor their settings, it's not always obvious how to use it.

FCC Republican claims municipal broadband is threat to First Amendment

FCC Republican claims municipal broadband is threat to First Amendment

O'Rielly said that broadband providers run by local governments "have engaged in significant First Amendment mischief." But O'Rielly's only evidence to support his claim was the networks' Acceptable Use Policies, which contain boilerplate language similar to the policies used by private ISPs such as Comcast and AT&T.

Now for Rent: Email Addresses and Phone Numbers for Millions of Trump Supporters

Now for Rent: Email Addresses and Phone Numbers for Millions of Trump Supporters

“Republicans have suffered from being behind in small-dollar fund-raising, and the president, over the course of the campaign and his presidency, has built the largest Republican first-party data list,” said Mr. Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale, who engineered the agreement.

Google faces mounting pressure from Congress over Google+ privacy flaw

Google faces mounting pressure from Congress over Google+ privacy flaw

Republican leaders from the Senate Commerce Committee are demanding answers from Google CEO Sundar Pichai about a recently unveiled Google+ vulnerability, requesting the company’s internal communications regarding the issue in a letter today.

Donald Trump: White House drafts order to investigate Google, Facebook business practices

Donald Trump: White House drafts order to investigate Google, Facebook business practices

If signed, the order would represent a significant escalation of Trump’s antipathy toward Google, Facebook, and other social media companies, whom he has publicly accused of silencing conservative voices and news sources online.“Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices," Trump said on Twitter in August.

Google’s location privacy practices are under investigation in Arizona

Google’s location privacy practices are under investigation in Arizona

The probe, initiated by Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich and confirmed by a person familiar with his thinking but not authorized to speak on the record, could put pressure on other states and the federal government to follow suit, consumer advocates say — although Google previously insisted it did not deceive consumers about the way it collects and taps data on their whereabouts.

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.