RUSH HOUR FOR PRIVACY ON CAPITOL HILL

HEARING SET ON HOUSE CONSUMER SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN RUSH’S PRIVACY BILL House Energy & Commerce Consumer Protection Subcommittee Chairman Bobby Rush (D-IL) will hold a hearing on THURSDAY JULY 22 @ 2PM EDT on his new privacy bill – HR 5777 BEST PRACTICES Act ****************************************************************** H.R. 5777 The Building Effective Strategies To Promote Responsibility Accountability Choice…

Twitter Escapes FTC Review Without Fine

Twitter Escapes FTC Review Without Fine According to the FTC, Twitter agreed to settle “charges that it deceived consumers and put their privacy at risk by failing to safeguard their personal information.” Although it could face fines of $16,000 per violation for future violations.  The FTC noted that this was the “agency’s first such case…

OMG! SCOTUS says Gov Workers’ Text Messages Can Be Searched.

The Supreme Court upheld the City of Ontario, CA’s search of a SWAT Team members text messages after he exceeded usage limits.   The search revealed most messages were not work related and many were sexually explicit, resulting in the officer being disciplined.   The Court cited the City’s written policy that “[u]sers should have no expectation…

TOP STORY: INDUSTRY, CONSUMER GROUPS AGREE ON PRIVACY BILL

Industry, Consumer Groups Agree on Boucher Bill House Internet Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher circulated a draft privacy bill for comment and both industry and consumer groups have expressed their displeasure with the bill.  The IAB argued that the legislation’s limited opt-in requirements would “fundamentally change online information and online advertising practices to the detriment of…

TOP STORIES: PRIVACY DEBATE HEATS UP

Rep. Boucher Circulates Much Awaited Draft Privacy Bill In May 2009, House Internet Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher (D-VA) indicated he was drafting privacy legislation and this week he finally released a draft bill. The bill requires that online and offline entities collecting consumer information must have a clear and conspicuous privacy policy that includes:  …

Congress Watch: Privacy and Online Gambling

Privacy Bill to Address BT and Geo Targeting The long awaited privacy bill from House Internet Subcommittee Chairman Boucher still has not surfaced but reports are that it may require opt-in consent for behavioral targeting.  In addition, the bill may address geo-targeting in mobile devices after a recent hearing on the matter in which Rep.…

Google Under Siege (except in Kansas)

Google has had a bumpy ride the last few weeks.  First, an Italian court convicted two Google executives on criminal charges relating to the display of an offensive video on Google Video even though the executives had nothing to do with the video, Google took down the video and cooperated with Italian authorities in identifying…

FTC Privacy Roundtable II

FTC Privacy Roundtable II BT Enforcement Actions in the Works The FTC’s second of three Privacy Roundtables was held on International Data Privacy Day (or January 28th to most of us) and the FTC was struggling with how to give the consumer greater control or awareness over the use of his/her data.  David Vladeck, head…

Big Brother Where Art Thou?

Big Brother Where Art Thou? FBI, Law Enforcement Seek Substantially Greater Access toUser Data A survey of 100 state police investigators revealed near unanimity in their desire for a web interface with ISPs to accelerate the process of serving and receiving responses to subpoena requests for information on users.    The survey, which was prepared in…

The Unbearable Unawareness of Cyber-Harassment

Yet this conference occurs at a time when each year 1.5 million Americans are victims of cyber-harassment that will (in one in four cases) last two years or more. Cyber-harassment is a huge calamity for the victims who will suffer extreme emotional distress and have their reputation stained and career threatened by an outrageous statement or revelation of their private information that will populate any Google search about them

Top Stories of 2009

TOP STORIES OF 2009 ZERO HOUR APPROACHING ON  PRIVACY; NINTH CIRCUIT SHUTS DOOR TO LITIGATION MILLS & NEGATIVE OPTION CRACK DOWN Zero Hour on Privacy Throughout the year, the FTC ratcheted up the rhetoric that action was imminent if the online advertising industry did not move to provide greater privacy safeguards for behavioral targeting.  The year ended with…

EU WTF? RECENT EUROPEAN ACTIONS RAISE CONCERNS

The European Union recently passed legislation that would establish an opt-in standard for all cookies.  Users must be provided with “clear and comprehensive information” and offered the right to refuse in a “user-friendly” manner.   Exceptions are permitted where cookies are “strictly necessary for the legitimate purpose of enabling the use of a specific service explicitly…