Highlights From Senate Facebook Hearing

Facebook CEO Marc Zuckerberg escaped from the five-hour Senate hearing relatively unscathed.  Below are the highlights and fallout from today’s hearing. Zuckerberg’s Opening Statement The Facebook CEO continues to argue that mistakes were made because of Facebook idealism. Senator John Thune (R-SD) “After More Than a Decade of Promises, Why Should We Trust Facebook?” Commerce…

Coalition Launches Campaign to Get Big Tech to Agree to Increase Privacy and Data Security Protections

A coalition of civil liberties and human rights groups have launched a campaign to pressure tech companies to commit to stronger privacy and security practices via a Security Pledge, that they contend “would ensure the Internet is used to expand democracy, not undermine it” if adopted.  The pledge borrows several elements from the European Union’s GDPR…

Congress Passes Cloud Act to Facilitate Cross-Border Sharing of Electronic Communications

In an era in which tech legislation can take years before passage, the “Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act” (“CLOUD Act”) was introduced on February 6th and signed into law on March 23rd — without any hearing or debate. The CLOUD Act seeks to streamline the process by which law enforcement seeks electronic information that…