Online privacy

Pai's Privacy Ultimatum

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
5

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai believes that the best way to protect the online privacy of American consumers is through a comprehensive and uniform regulatory framework. All actors in the online space should be subject to the same rules, and the federal government shouldn’t favor one set of companies over another. Therefore, he has advocated returning to a technology-neutral privacy framework for the online world and harmonizing the FCC’s privacy rules for broadband providers with the Federal Trade Commission’s standards for others in the digital economy.

Joint FCC-FTC Commissioner Statement on Suspension of Broadband Privacy Protections

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
5

“Today Chairman Pai has created an unfortunate dilemma: accept a Bureau-level action that indefinitely unwinds key consumer privacy protections established by the FCC last year, or accept four business days (rather than the usual three weeks) to evaluate and vote on a decision that has massive ramifications for the security of private information held by broadband providers,” said FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn.

Republicans Are Trying to Let Internet Providers Sell Your Data

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

A set of internet privacy rules passed by the Federal Communications Commission has become a target for Republicans.

Decoding the Doublespeak of FCC Chairman Pai

Location:
Free Press (DC), 501 Third Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Washington Post noted that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai likes to talk the talk of bridging the digital divide—during his first speech as FCC chairman, he said it would be a top agency priority. But when the FCC released his anti-Lifeline action days later, “he opened another gap,” wrote the Post, “this time between his words and his actions.” It’s the sort of head fake that’s familiar to those who’ve followed Pai’s career as a lead apologist for the phone companies he once worked for—and still serves.

FTC Chair Says Privacy Shield Is Safe, Despite Immigration Order

Location:
Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States
Recommendation:
3

Acting Federal Trade Commission Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen said that President Donald Trump’s immigration order will not in any way affect the FTC’s enforcement of the Privacy Shield, a commercial data-transfer agreement negotiated by the United States and the European Union.

Tech, advocacy groups slam DHS call to demand foreign travelers' passwords

Location:
Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC, 20528, United States
Recommendation:
3

Technology advocacy groups and trade associations representing companies such as Facebook, Google and Microsoft criticized a suggestion from the head of the Department of Homeland Security that foreign nationals should provide social media passwords to enter the US.

How Tech Policies May Evolve Under Republicans and Trump

Location:
Senate Commerce Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Russell Senate Office Building - 253, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
3

A Q&A with Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD).

Sen Wyden asks DHS to explain border demands for cellphone, Internet passwords

Location:
Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC, 20528, United States
Recommendation:
3

Can the government demand you unlock your phone at the airport? Sen Ron Wyden (D-OR) is demanding the Department of Homeland Security explain reports that it's doing just that.

Sen Markey Criticizes Efforts to Undo Broadband Privacy Rules

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

Sen Ed Markey (D-MA) released the following statement about efforts to undo the Federal Communications Commission’s broadband privacy rules by utilizing the Congressional Review Act.

ISPs ask lawmakers to kill privacy rules, and they’re happily obliging

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

Republican Sens are reportedly preparing a legislative move to overturn privacy rules that require Internet service providers to protect their customers' online data.

Amazon and Google Consider Turning Smart Speakers Into Home Phones

Location:
Amazon, 1200 12th Avenue South, Seattle, WA, 98144, United States
Recommendation:
3

Amazon and Alphabet’s Google are considering a new use for their popular home speakers: becoming the home phone.

House Communications Subcommittee Chair Blackburn Aims To Revoke Broadband Privacy Rules

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

House Communications Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) says she is readying a push to revoke the Federal Communications Commission's broadband privacy rules. Chairman Blackburn said she believes lawmakers can use the Congressional Review Act to rescind the new privacy rules.

This Cunning, Months-in-the-Making Phishing Campaign Targeted Dozens of Journalists, Activists

Location:
Amnesty International, 1 Easton Street, London, WC1X 0DW, United Kingdom
Recommendation:
3

Amnesty Inernational details a prolonged phishing campaign against journalists, activists and campaigners who work with Qatari labor rights issues.

Trump Takes on Tech Industry in Early Policy Moves

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
2

President Donald Trump has shown a readiness to take on the tech industry, clashing with Silicon Valley in ways that his tech-friendly predecessor hardly ever did.

Chairman Blackburn: Broadband Privacy Rule Rollback Could Start Soon

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

House Communications Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) says there could be a resolution on rolling back the Federal Communications Commission's broadband privacy framework as early as Feb. 13.

New Rules Intended to Protect Your Online Privacy Are Already Under Threat

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

"The system has worked because the FTC has not acted alone. Other federal agencies (including the Federal Communications Commission) and state attorneys general have been helpful in this mission."

Google case illustrates need for online bill of rights

Location:
San Jose Mercury News, 750 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA, 95190, United States
Recommendation:
1

If Congress and the president won’t take up the pressing need for an online consumer bill of rights, the California Legislature should.

In Jessica Rich, FTC loses cornerstone of privacy program

Location:
International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), 75 Rochester Ave Portsmouth, Portsmouth, NH, 03801, United States
Recommendation:
3

Throughout this period, spanning three decades and a transition from the dawn of personal computing and the commercial internet to an age of machine-to-machine communications, smart cars, wearable devices, big data, and the cloud, Jessica Rich, who announced her departure recently as director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection, has conceived, initiated, driven, and spearheaded the agency’s emergence as the nation’s primary technology regulator.

How app makers increasingly track your every move

Recommendation:
2

As smartphones become ubiquitous, app makers are becoming more brazen about collecting personal data, say experts and privacy advocates.

Public Knowledge Moves to Preserve FCC’s Online Privacy Rules

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

After almost two years of having no rules and no protections, broadband providers and advertisers want to further delay having strong privacy protections from consumers.

House Passes E-mail Privacy Act

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

The House unanimously passed the E-mail Privacy Act.

Federal workers turn to encryption to thwart Trump

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal employees worried that President Donald Trump will gut their agencies are creating new email addresses, signing up for encrypted messaging apps and looking for other, protected ways to push back against the new administration’s agenda

Rep Goodlatte: Electronic Privacy, Foreign Intelligence on Judiciary Agenda

Location:
House Judiciary Committee, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street Rayburn House Office Building -- 2141, Washington, DC, 20003, United States
Recommendation:
3

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) said the panel’s top tech priorities consist of updating a 1986 electronic privacy law and reauthorizing a provision in the foreign intelligence statute that allows US spies to intercept communications abroad.

Workshop on Tactical Encryption and Key Management

Feb 15 2017 - 8:00am - Feb 16 2017 - 5:00pm
Location:
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) - Boulder, 325 Broadway Building 1, Boulder, CO, 80305–3328, United States

The goal of the workshop is to identify solutions to the problem of how to dynamically key and re-key different groups with varying levels of access and for varying lengths of time using existing infrastructure or over an ad hoc network that is reliable and user friendly.

Trump’s FCC May Let ISPs Sell Your Private Data Without Your Consent

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

If you like your online privacy rights, can you keep them?

Internet Companies Reaffirm Consumer Privacy Principles As FCC Reviews Flawed Wheeler Era Broadband Rules

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

Trade associations representing virtually all of the leading US internet service providers (ISPs) filed a petition asking the Federal Communications Commission to stay broadband privacy rules recently adopted by the FCC, while at the same time releasing detailed and comprehensive principles reiterating ISPs’ commitment to protecting their customers’ privacy online. The stay filed by CTIA, NCTA – The Internet & Television Association, USTelecom, ACA, CTA, CCA, ITTA, NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association, WISPA, and WTA asks the FCC to halt privacy rules while it resolves multiple pending motions for their reconsideration. If granted, the combination of the ISPs’ privacy principles and applicable laws would protect consumers’ privacy without subjecting them to flawed and confusing regulations that would undermine the safe and consistent treatment of their data online.

Conservative groups ask Congress to rescind FCC privacy rules

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

Conservative groups are urging Congress to roll back the broadband privacy rules that were enacted by the Federal Communications Commission in 2016.

Why President Trump should keep Obama’s digital privacy protections

Location:
Sidley Austin (DC), 1501 K Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
3

As the new administration takes office, we will start to see just how literally to take Donald Trump’s pronouncements and the promised targeting of his predecessor’s executive orders for immediate destruction. Trade policy appointments signal that statements about being aggressive against barriers to trade should be taken very literally. Below we make the case that the Obama executive order extending certain privacy protections to ordinary foreign citizens should not be on the chopping block because it is vital to transatlantic digital trade and ecommerce.

Association of National Advertisers Expects Pai To Revisit Privacy

Location:
Association of National Advertisers (ANA), 708 Third Avenue, New York, NY, 10017, United States
Recommendation:
3

It's "highly likely" that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai will grant the ad industry's request to revisit tough broadband privacy rules, the Association of National Advertisers predicted.

Google Privacy-Policy Change Faces New Scrutiny in EU

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

Software giant Oracle said it briefed European regulators late in 2016 on recent changes to Google’s privacy policies in hopes of compounding its rival’s already complicated regulatory challenges.

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