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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 [...]

Update: Obama Announces Reforms and Proposed Changes to NSA Surveillance

To recap: Last year, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed several surveillance programs by the agency. There was a public outcry and protests and criticism from civil liberty and privacy advocates, among others. The surveillance program that received the most attention concerned surveillance and collection of phone records by the NSA. The Review Group on [...]

Update: District Judge Upholds Government’s Right to Search Electronics at Border

To recap: There has been much discussion of the privacy and civil liberties implications of electronic searches and seizures at the US border. In 2008, while I was a visiting scholar at the ACLU’s Technology and Liberty Program, I worked on a project concerning searches and seizures of US citizens’ and their electronic devices by Border Patrol agents [...]

Update: States Settle with Google Over Safari Privacy Case

To recap: In February 2012, the Wall Street Journal reported on new research by Stanford researcher Jonathan Mayer that shows four companies seek to circumvent consumers’ privacy settings in Apple’s browser, Safari. The four companies are: Google, Vibrant Media, Media Innovation Group and PointRoll. Google said the circumvention was a mistake and it has disabled the code, but there was (pdf) public criticism, including a [...]

An update on our Internet privacy sweep

Last month, we released the initial results of our Internet privacy sweep. You can read the original blog post to see what we observed. (We should note here that the screenshots and references in that blog post reflect what we saw online during the sweep and were still in place when we originally blogged about [...]

Update: Wall Street vs. Employees’ Social-Networking Privacy

To recap: In the last year, there has been increasing focus on the practice by some employers of requiring job applicants to hand over their passwords or allow access to their private accounts on social-networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace or Google+ in order to gather personal data when the social-networking profiles are closed to the public. In April, Maryland became [...]

Update: Two cities say no to drones; federal legislation introduced on drones

To recap: In the last year, there has been increasing focus on the issue of domestic use of aerial drones (also known as unmanned aerial vehicles, “UAVs”) to conduct surveillance. Months ago, Congress approved the FAA reauthorization bill, which includes a provision to integrate the use of aerial surveillance by drones in the United States by 2015. In July, drone makers sought to answer concerns [...]

Update: Google Could Face Lawsuits in UK Over Safari Browser Privacy

To recap: In February, the Wall Street Journal reported on new research by Stanford researcher Jonathan Mayer that showed four companies seeking to circumvent consumers’ privacy settings in Apple’s browser, Safari. The four companies are: Google, Vibrant Media, Media Innovation Group and PointRoll. Google said the circumvention was a mistake and it disabled the code, but there was (pdf) public criticism, including a complaint (pdf) filed [...]

Update: Maryland School District Ends Use of Palm Scanners

We’ve discussed before the issue of businesses or schools gathering and sometimes storing their customers’ or students’ identification data. Businesses such as 24 Hour Fitness gyms and a Maryland recreation center began gathering customers’ fingerprints. The issue has arisen internationally, as well. Recently, ABC News (Australia) reported that the use of ID scanning and storing technology — and the collection of biometric [...]

Update on the Mining of Credit Card Users’ Data for Marketers

We’ve discussed targeted behavioral advertising before in the context of online and offline data collection and tracking of the habits of consumers. There have been numerous news stories about this surveillance issue. For example, after the Wall Street Journal reported last year that credit-card companies Visa and MasterCard “are pushing into a new business: using what they know about people’s credit-card purchases for targeting them with ads online,” Sen. Jay [...]