Senators: ICE Should Stop ‘Orwellian Data Gathering’
Senators: ICE Should Stop ‘Orwellian Data Gathering’
2022-09-13 17:08:08
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — Senators are urging the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to shut down its “Orwellian data-gathering efforts,” according to a letter sent by Sens. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Tuesday. The senators reference multiple reports, including one... Read More

Regulators Crack Down on Companies’ Geolocation Data
2022-09-07 22:02:39
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — Without any particular online data privacy law on the books, United States regulators are looking to crack down on how internet service providers and other technology companies are using Americans’ data. The target: geolocation data. “Geolocation data is... Read More

FTC Probes Stricter Data Privacy Rules
2022-08-11 21:38:00
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission is asking the public if they’d like more privacy shields to protect them from “commercial surveillance” and poor data security. The commission announced an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Thursday that kicks off the... Read More

Privacy Laws for Children Pass Out of Committee
2022-07-27 23:43:41
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON  — Two new bills aiming to protect children’s privacy rights on the internet passed out of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Wednesday. Both bills passed through the committee and moved to a possible vote for the... Read More

Privacy Advocates Divided on Potential Legislation
2022-07-22 20:19:59
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — Data privacy is getting its turn in the spotlight this week as the bipartisan American Data Privacy and Protection Act passed out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee with wide agreement in a 53-2 vote. “It’s the... Read More

Civil Rights
Privacy Advocates on High Alert as Roe Decision Looms
2022-06-01 23:02:01
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — Data privacy advocates are sounding the alarm as the Supreme Court’s official opinion looms on the Mississippi lawsuit that likely could overturn the precedent for a woman’s right to an abortion set by Roe v. Wade. If the... Read More

FTC to Increase Efforts to Protect Children's Privacy
2022-05-20 18:10:13
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — Parents will no longer have to choose between their children’s data privacy and online learning as the Federal Trade Commission steps up its enforcement of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. “Students must be able to do their... Read More

Advocates Call for National Privacy Policy at FTC Open Meeting
2021-10-22 20:19:44
by Victoria Turner

The Federal Trade Commission should work with the U.S. Congress on drafting a comprehensive federal privacy law, instead of using its rulemaking authority to do industry-specific regulation, according to three privacy policy advocates from three separate think tanks on Thursday... Read More

FTC Commissioner Says There are Benefits to a Federal Privacy Law
2021-08-30 19:52:25
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON -- As a number of states move towards enacting their own data privacy laws, the U.S. Congress should come up with its own comprehensive privacy statute enforced by the Federal Trade Commission, said FTC Commissioner Noah Phillips Monday. Having... Read More

Muse Group to Revise Audacity Privacy Policy Following ‘Spyware’ Uproar
2021-07-07 20:26:15
by Reece Nations

KALININGRAD, Russia — Public outcry over privacy policy changes to the open-source digital audio editor and recording application Audacity culminated in its parent company, Muse Group, clarifying how it intends to utilize user data. The application, acquired by Muse Group... Read More

Law Enforcement
Congress Told FBI Often Violates Privacy With Poorly Monitored Internet Warrants
2021-06-30 20:36:51
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Free press advocates told Congress Wednesday that the Justice Department is out of control in secretly seeking Internet-based information about its political adversaries. Comments from lawmakers during a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee indicated the FBI and... Read More

In The News
Harvard Researchers Recommend Census Not Use Privacy Tool

A group of Harvard researchers has come out against the U.S. Census Bureau's use of a controversial method to protect privacy with the numbers used for redrawing congressional and legislative districts, saying it doesn't produce data good enough for redistricting.... Read More

Portland First to Ban Private Entities From Using Facial Recognition Technology
2020-09-11 20:30:53
by Kate Michael

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland officials voted on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in favor of the nation’s first-ever ban on private entities using facial recognition technology in its city public spaces. In a second ordinance approved on the same day, the... Read More

As Congress Stalls on Data Privacy, Big Tech Tangles With States

WASHINGTON — Top U.S. technology companies are shifting their focus to state capitals to shape emerging data privacy laws as progress on a federal bill has slowed. Trade groups representing consumer-oriented technology companies such as Amazon, Google and Facebook, as... Read More

Researchers Warn Census Privacy Efforts May Muddy Data

WASHINGTON — Steps taken by the Census Bureau to protect individual responses may muddy cancer research, housing policy, transportation planning, legislative map-drawing and health care policy, researchers have warned the agency. The problems come from a new policy — differential... Read More

New York City Eyes Regulation of Facial Recognition Technology

NEW YORK — Legislation that would begin to regulate the use of facial recognition technology in the country’s most populous city could soon be made into law. While cities around the country move to ban facial recognition and other types... Read More

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