Wendy Davis

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.

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.

Frontier Criticized For Broadband Ads

Location:
Frontier Communications, 3 High Ridge Park, Stamford, CT, 06905, United States
Recommendation:
3

Frontier, which offers both DSL and fiber-optic service, advertised that consumers could stream video and "never worry" about their connections, according to the National Advertising Division (NAD), a self-regulatory unit administered by the Better Business Bureau.

Oracle Petitions FCC To Reconsider Broadband Privacy Rules

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

Software corporation Oracle is asking the Federal Communications Commission to reconsider the sweeping broadband privacy rules passed earlier in 2016.

Sen Blumenthal, FCC And Others Support FTC In Battle Over AT&T Data Throttling

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

The Federal Trade Commission is drawing support in its battle with AT&T from other policymakers, including Sen Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and the Federal Communications Commission, as well as privacy experts and advocacy groups.

ISPs' Data About Consumers Is Worth 'A King's Ransom,' Privacy Guru Says

Location:
Benton Foundation, 727 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL, 60202, United States
Recommendation:
2

Broadband providers have spent months complaining that proposed new privacy rules would unfairly subject them to more stringent privacy rules than Google, Facebook or other online companies. Today, privacy guru and law professor Paul Ohm -- an outspoken proponent of tough privacy rules -- answers that objection. Internet service providers, Ohm says, should have to follow tough standards because ISPs pose a greater threat to privacy than other companies.

People's Web-Browsing History Isn't 'Sensitive,' ISPs Argue

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

Broadband providers AT&T, Comcast and T-Mobile have officially asked the Federal Communications Commission to retreat from a privacy proposal that could limit online behavioral advertising.

Netflix, Dish And Others Oppose ISPs' Latest Challenge To Net Neutrality Rules

Location:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

Netflix and Dish Network are joining with consumer groups to urge a federal appellate court to reject broadband providers' latest attempt to challenge the net neutrality rules.

Chairman Wheeler Plans To Finalize Broadband Privacy Rules This Year

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said that he anticipates finalizing broadband privacy rules later in 2016. Testifying at a Senate hearing, Chairman Wheeler also hinted that the final regulations could differ from a proposal he put forward earlier this year.

Netflix Presses FCC To Condemn Data Caps

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

Netflix is calling for the government to crack down on broadband providers that impose data caps on their subscribers.

Watchdog Refers Sprint To FCC Over Ads

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

An ad industry watchdog has referred Sprint to the Federal Communications Commission over ads stating that mobile customers can save 50 percent on their monthly rates by switching to Sprint.

Comcast Defends 'Pay-For-Privacy' Pricing, Makes Case To FCC

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

Comcast is asking the Federal Communications Commission to reject proposed rules that would prohibit broadband providers from charging higher fees to subscribers who decline behaviorally targeted ads.

Charter Pushes FCC To Clear Merger With Time Warner

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

Advocacy groups recently warned that Charter's proposed $67 billion merger with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks could leave the new company in a position to stifle competition from online video companies. Charter is now countering that its planned buying spree "will yield significant benefits."

Alabama, Michigan And Other States Argue For Right To Curb Muni-Broadband

Location:
US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 100 East Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH, 45202, United States
Recommendation:
1

Officials from 11 states are siding with North Carolina and Tennessee in their battle with the Federal Communications Commission about limits on muni-broadband networks.

Judge Won't Let Aereo Stream In Real Time, But Allows Remote DVR

Location:
US District Court -- Southern District of New York, 500 Pearl St., New York, NY, 10007-1312, United States
Recommendation:
3

US District Court Judge Alison Nathan barred Aereo from streaming over-the-air TV shows in real time to subscribers' smartphones and tablets, but cleared the way for the company to resume offering its remote DVR service. The order marks the latest turn in a two-year battle over the online service.

Aereo Pushes To Resume Service In 6 Western States

Location:
United States District Court, District of Utah, 351 South West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101, United States
Recommendation:
2

Streaming video service Aereo is pushing forward with its argument that it should be allowed to resume operations on the grounds that it's now a “cable system” and entitled to transmit television programs as long as it pays licensing fees.

Broadcasters Press To Ban Aereo In Utah

Location:
UT, United States
Recommendation:
2

TV broadcasters that are suing Aereo in Utah are asking a judge to ban the service from operating immediately -- without waiting for the Supreme Court to rule on the company's legality.

Hulu Loses Round In Privacy Case, Data Shared With comScore

Location:
San Francisco, CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Handing Hulu a defeat, a judge ruled that users don't need to show they sustained a financial loss in order to proceed with a privacy lawsuit against the company.

Study: Commerce Department App Privacy Proposal Confuses Consumers

Location:
Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213, United States
Recommendation:
2

A privacy proposal calling for mobile app developers to provide consumers with so-called “short-form notice,” which explains data collection practices in one or two words, seems to be gaining traction at the Commerce Department. But Carnegie Mellon University researchers say in a new paper, published this week, that the proposal in its current form could confuse consumers.

Political Consultants: Campaigns Stay Clear Of Privacy Pitfalls

Recommendation:
2

In the last presidential race, Obama for America 2012 campaign workers had an idea for an email initiative....

Network Advertising Initiative Proposes New Mobile Privacy Rules

Location:
Network Advertising Initiative, 1667 K Street NW, Washington, DC, 20006, United States
Recommendation:
2

Moving forward with its plan to issue mobile privacy rules, the self-regulatory group Network Advertising Initiative this week provided members with a draft version of a code of conduct regarding information collected from apps.

FTC's Ohlhausen Questions Privacy Recommendations

Location:
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Federal Trade Commission's 2012 privacy recommendations could unintentionally disadvantage smaller online ad companies, Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen suggested.

Watchdogs Ask Court To Reject 'Sponsored Stories' Settlement

Location:
Public Citizen, 1600 20th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20009, United States
Recommendation:
2

Facebook's proposed $20 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit about “sponsored stories” would result in continued violations of laws protecting children's privacy, the advocacy group Public Citizen says in new court papers.

Direct Marketing Association Urges Senate To Reject Online Tax Bill

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

A proposed Internet tax bill will “hinder economic growth and job creation,” the Direct Marketing Association said in a letter to the Senate.

MPAA Backs Authors Guild Against Universities

Location:
Manhattan, NY, United States
Recommendation:
1

Hollywood is siding with the Authors Guild in its attempt to revive a copyright lawsuit against five universities that worked with Google to digitize books.

Tech Companies Lobby Against Georgia Broadband Bill

Location:
GA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Google and other tech companies are slamming a proposed Georgia law that would restrict municipalities from building their own broadband networks. The Municipal Broadband Investment Act (H.B. 282) "will harm both the public and private sectors, stifle economic growth, prevent the creation or retention of thousands of jobs, hamper workforce development, and diminish the quality of life in Georgia," Google and others say in a recent letter to lawmakers in Georgia.

Authors Guild Wants Lawsuit Against Universities Revived

Location:
Manhattan, NY, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Authors Guild is asking an appeals court to revive its lawsuit against five universities that worked with Google to digitize books.

Songwriters, Playwrights Side With Authors Guild Against Google

Location:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, 500 Pearl St., New York, NY, 10007, United States
Recommendation:
1

Organizations representing songwriters, illustrators, playwrights and other writers are asking a federal appeals court to uphold an order allowing the Authors Guild to bring a class-action against Google for its book digitization project. The groups say in a friend-of-the-court brief that a class-action lawsuit is the only realistic means for many content creators to enforce their copyrights when their works are digitized without permission.

Authors Guild Presses Class-Action Case Against Google

Location:
Manhattan, NY, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Authors Guild is asking a federal appellate court to allow longstanding litigation about Google's book project to proceed as a class-action. The authors group argues that U.S. Circuit Court Judge Denny Chin correctly rejected Google's contention that copyright infringement requires case-by-case evaluation.

Digital Rights Groups Slam Associated Press

Location:
Associated Press, 450 W. 33rd St, New York, NY, 10001, United States
Recommendation:
2

A lawsuit by The Associated Press against paid clipping service Meltwater has drawn the attention of digital rights advocates, who are siding against the wire service in a new friend-of-the-court brief.