Online privacy

For ISPs, your Web browser history is just another ad sales tool

Location:
Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
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3

On March 23 the Senate voted to eliminate privacy rules that would have forced Internet service providers to get your consent before selling Web browsing history and app usage history to advertisers.

Congress Moves to Strike Internet Privacy Rules From Obama Era

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
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3

Republican lawmakers moved to dismantle landmark internet privacy protections for individuals, the first decisive strike against telecommunications and technology regulations created during the Obama administration and a harbinger for more deregulation to come.

Companies Aren’t off the Hook When It Comes to User Privacy

Location:
New America, 740 15th Street NW Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20005, United States
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2

The Federal Communications Commission privacy guidelines would have put some of this control back in consumers’ hands: They required broadband providers to obtain opt-in consent from consumers to use and share sensitive information, and to allow users to opt out of the use and sharing of non-sensitive information, meaning the companies could use and share non-sensitive information until the consumer tells them otherwise.

Supporters Rallied Against Senate Broadband Privacy Regulation Rollback

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
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3

Warning that Senate Republicans are pushing for a vote on rolling back Federal Communications Commission broadband privacy regulations as early as March 23, Public Knowledge is trying to get supporters of the regulations to ask their Congresional members to push back.

GAO Report: DOJ and FBI Need to Take Additional Action to Ensure Privacy and Accuracy

Location:
Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St., NW, Washington, DC, 20548, United States
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3

Technology advancements have increased the overall accuracy of automated face recognition over the past few decades. This technology has helped law enforcement agencies identify criminals in their investigations. However, privacy advocates and members of the Congress remain concerned regarding the accuracy of the technology and the protection of privacy and individual civil liberties when technologies are used to identify people based on their biological and behavioral characteristics.

Gorsuch’s Tech Law Record Raises Concerns

Location:
Adelphi University, 1 South Ave, Garden City, NY, 11530, United States
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3

Cell phone privacy, network neutrality and encryption are some of the many tech-related issues that Neil Gorsuch could rule on if he’s successfully appointed to the US Supreme Court.

How To Fight for Your Rights and Privacy Online

Location:
USA, United States
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3

The future looks grim for digital privacy and the open Internet in the United States. Here are six ways you can get involved.

FCC, FTC are playing a shell game with online privacy

Location:
Open Society Foundations, 224 West 57th Street, New York, NY, 10019, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Federal Communications Commission and Congress are taking steps to weaken and eliminate the FCC’s privacy rules for broadband Internet service providers (ISPs) like Comcast and AT&T. The proponents of these efforts make two arguments - neither of which will leave consumers with the privacy protections they now have and deserve.

Telecom Policy Tilts To Industry Under Chairman Pai

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
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3

Trumpism is slowly taking hold on your phone and computer, as the Federal Communications Commission starts chipping away at hard-fought protections on privacy and competition.

Tom Wheeler: Gut Net Neutrality and You Gut Internet Freedom

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
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3

Network neutrality is in danger, and former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler isn’t pleased. Republicans’ go-to argument against the order is that it gave the FCC the authority to regulate the internet.

Competitive Carriers Association to FCC: Roll Back Privacy Regulations

Location:
Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), 805 15th St. NW formerly the Rural Cellular Association (RCA), Washington, DC, 20005, United States
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3

The Competitive Carriers Association says the Federal Communications Commission has plenty of reason for undoing the October 2016 broadband privacy order, which Internet service providers, advertisers, congressional Republicans and others are pushing for.

Oracle to Pai: Repudiate Wheeler's Tech-Favoritism Policies

Location:
Oracle, 500 Oracle Parkway, Redwood Shores, CA, 94065, United States
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3

Silicon Valley giant Oracle has asked Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to rethink the FCC's broadband privacy framework, saying former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's characterization of Internet service providers as gatekeepers was off the mark and to "repudiate" what it said was the Wheeler FCC's policies "favoring one technology sub-sector over all others."

Setting the Record Straight: What the Congressional Review Act Means for the FCC’s Broadband Privacy

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

One significant threat to the public interest under the new administration that is receiving increased attention is broadband privacy for consumers.

Free State: FCC Should Scrap Broadband Privacy Order

Location:
Free State Foundation, 6259 Executive Blvd, Rockville, MD, 20852, United States
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3

The Free State Foundation, a free market think tank focused on communications and content rights issues, has told the Federal Communications Commission it needs to scrap its new privacy rules for Internet service provider data collection and sharing—or at least amend them to square with the Federal Trade Commission's approach to regulating edge provider collection and sharing.

A double standard on internet privacy

Location:
American Enterprise Institute (AEI), 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

To consumers, an Internet service provider using customer geolocation data (for example) to send them relevant advertising or Google using geolocation data to send them relevant advertising is a distinction without a difference. To require that consumers opt-out of a default privacy protection regime for ISPs and opt in to a privacy regime for using Google or Facebook potentially confuses the privacy issue.

Acting Federal Trade Commission Chairman Ohlhausen: internet of things should self-regulate

Location:
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States
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1

Acting Federal Trade Commission Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen said that the agency is “not primarily a regulator” and called for wait-and-see approach to enforcement.

President Trump, Congress complain about surveillance, yet may enable spying by Internet companies

Location:
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 125 Broad St, New York, NY, 10004, United States
Recommendation:
3

President Donald Trump and some of his supporters on Capitol Hill have recently been expressing anxiety over the possibility of politically motivated surveillance and leaks by our intelligence agencies. But ironically, at the very same time they are moving to give our nation’s largest Internet telecommunications companies even more power to share their customers’ data, including with the government, without permission.

Advertisers urge Congress to roll back internet privacy rule

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
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3

The advertising industry is calling on Congress to eliminate the Federal Communications Commission’s privacy rules on internet providers. Six advertising trade groups on March 13 applauded Sen Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and House Communications Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) for introducing bills last week that would roll back the rules approved in October.

A Fumble on a Key Fafsa Tool, and a Failure to Communicate

Location:
Internal Revenue Service (IRS), 10th St & Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20004, United States
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3

On March 3, families logging onto the website for federal aid found that a key component of the online application had stopped functioning.

Week ahead in tech: GOP takes aim at internet privacy rules

Location:
Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
3

Congressional Republicans are moving against the Federal Communications Commission's broadband privacy rules. In recent days, lawmakers in both the House and Senate have offered legislation to roll back the Obama-era measures, with bills from Sen Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and House Communications Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).

I invented the web. Here are three things we need to change to save it

Location:
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139, United States

March 11 marks 28 years since I submitted my original proposal for the worldwide web. I imagined the web as an open platform that would allow everyone, everywhere to share ...

Tech Policy, Too, Is Undergoing a Sea Change

Location:
New York Times, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY, 10018, United States
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2

Tech policy has undergone a huge change under President Donald Trump, but it doesn’t seem that a lot of the changes are getting much attention, considering everything else the administration is doing.

Quietly but decisively, Trump's FCC is delivering big favors for big broadband companies

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
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2

The Trump administration’s determination to roll back regulations protecting the environment, voting rights and financial services consumers has been drawing most of the public’s attention. But a stunningly swift and thorough deregulatory campaign is happening elsewhere in Washington: at the Federal Communications Commission.

Rep Blackburn Unveils Broadband Rule Smackdown Resolution

Location:
House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and Internet, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street, Washington, DC, 20003, United States
Recommendation:
3

Republicans are going after the Federal Communications Commission's broadband privacy rules with both barrels. House Communications Subcommittee Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has introduced her version of a Congressional Review Act resolution invalidating the FCC's Oct 27 order.

Landmark privacy rules are going to get killed because internet providers asked nicely

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Your internet provider can see bits and pieces of almost everything you do online: the sites you visit, the apps you use, the services you connect to. It’s an unpleasant reality for anyone concerned with their privacy, since this information can reveal a whole lot about you. But it’s stayed that way because that’s how internet providers want it — and government regulators feel compelled to listen.

State Privacy and Security Coalition Pans FCC Data-Breach Deadlines

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

The State Privacy and Security Coalition has asked the Federal Communications Commission to grant the petitions of Internet service providers, advertising agencies and others to reconsider its broadband privacy rules.

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A Little Part of the First Amendment Dies at FCC Oversight Hearing

Location:
Senate Commerce Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Russell Senate Office Building - 253, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on oversight of the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday, March 8. A good time was had by all. The committee’s senators highlighted a wide range of issues during the 2+ hour hearing. Here we focus on the First Amendment, broadband deployment, network neutrality, privacy, and the future makeup of the FCC.

6 changes the FCC has made in just six weeks

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

Here's some of what the Federal Communications Commission has done under President Donald Trump ...

The battle for online privacy: What you need to know

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
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3

A primer on FCC Privacy news.

What’s The Fate Of Data Privacy In The Trump Era?

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
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3

With every change in power, especially in the social media era, questions are raised about the new US president’s commitment to privacy rights. Here are some of the biggest things to look out for.

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