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MediaFreedom Files Comments on the Comm Act Update with Congress

As part of updating the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the House Energy and Commerce Committee sought third-party comment on the state of U.S. competition policy, asking what Congress could do to “understand areas where the law is no longer working effectively and determine areas of improvement to foster an environment for innovation, consumer choice, and [...]

Justice Dept. to Congress: Don’t Saddle 4th Amendment on Us

Justice Dept. to Congress: Don’t Saddle 4th Amendment on Us: Via Wired: Threat Level. The Obama administration is urging Congress not to adopt legislation that would impose constitutional safeguards on Americans’ e-mail stored in the cloud. As the law stands now, the authorities may obtain cloud e-mail without a warrant if it is older than [...]

ABC News: Top Tech Hurdles Facing Next President, Congress

ABC News reports that the next Congress and president will have to face numerous technology and privacy issues as related to Internet freedom. Such issues include government access to data and the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA,” also known as Title 18 § 2511 of the United States Code). (There has been much discussion of revising ECPA and several bills were introduced, which are [...]

Update: Congress Continues to Pressure Apple About Privacy Issues

During the last couple of months, there has been considerable controversy about mobile applications’ downloading data after it was revealed that photo-sharing mobile application Path uploaded users’ entire address books without permission, and there was substantial public criticism of the company’s actions. House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman and Commerce Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee Chair G.K. Butterfield wrote to [...]

Brutal crackdown against pro-independence West Papua congress

Indonesian military preparing for the crackdown against participants at the Third Papuan People’s Congress. Photo: West Papua Media FOUR KILLINGS at the Freeport McMoRan copper mine strike last week, protests by journalists after one was beaten up and this week’s opening fire by Indonesian forces at the Third Papuan People’s Congress have put the spotlight [...]

NextGov: Facial recognition apps spark privacy concerns in Congress

NextGov reports on privacy questions concerning facial recognition systems as the biometric technology become more popular: As social media firms and law enforcement agencies increasingly use facial recognition technology to facilitate public and online service, privacy issues surrounding the commercial apps, at least, are raising eyebrows in Congress. On Wednesday, Sen. John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, [...]

Justice Dept. to Congress: Don’t Saddle 4th Amendment on Us

Justice Dept. to Congress: Don’t Saddle 4th Amendment on Us: Via Wired: Threat Level. The Obama administration is urging Congress not to adopt legislation that would impose constitutional safeguards on Americans’ e-mail stored in the cloud. As the law stands now, the authorities may obtain cloud e-mail without a warrant if it is older than [...]

Boston Globe: Push in Congress for Web users to control data

Among the several privacy bills being debated, and some not yet introduced, is one by Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.). The Boston Globe interviews him, and critics, about privacy online and offline and how to better protect consumers: Congress is preparing to wade into the largely invisible and, for most consumers, mysterious practices employed by Google, [...]

Advice Column – Congress Can Create More Certainty by Stepping Out of the Way, Says DeLong & McCoy

Jim DeLong of the Convergence Law Institute, and Garland McCoy of the Technology Policy Institute, discuss their AEI article, “Tea Party Tech Policy.” Their main theme – Congress should help create certainty by stepping out of the way more. Media Freedom

TechPolicy to Roll Slowly (if at all) with New Congress

Here’s a quick roundup of what the election results might mean for tech issues in the next session of Congress. Declan McCullagh at CNET – Election not likely to change much in tech. Amy Schatz at Wall Street Journal – Net Neutrality and other tech issues to take a back seat in next session of [...]