The FTC Faces Questions on “Big Tech,” Section 230, Antitrust, Privacy and Data Security

First, subscribe to The Wavelength, my new subscription newsletter. Get all the material you have been enjoying on my blog delivered to your inbox. The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held its first hearing of this Congress with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). All four sitting commissioners testified and faced a range of diverse … Continue reading The FTC Faces Questions on “Big Tech,” Section 230, Antitrust, Privacy and Data Security

Republican Staff Suggest Options On Regulating “Big Tech”

Even though the staff memo is billed as addressing “Big Tech,” it might be better titled how to remake Section 230 Twitter House E&C Republicans signal areas of tech policy they may cooperate with Democrats on. Cocktail Party The minority on the primary committee of jurisdiction over the technology industry has decided to stake out … Continue reading Republican Staff Suggest Options On Regulating “Big Tech”

The Revised Information Transparency and Personal Data Control Act

A bill that may be supported by Democrats aligned with business and industry will likely not find much support among more liberal Democrats. Twitter A centrist Democratic privacy bill is back; chances of enactment are low. Cocktail Party Representative Suzan DelBene (D-WA) has revised her data privacy bill and beat all the other sponsors of … Continue reading The Revised Information Transparency and Personal Data Control Act

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (16 April 2021)

Other Developments The United Kingdom launched its Digital Markets Unit (DMU) that will “will oversee plans to give consumers more choice and control over their data, promote online competition and crack down on unfair practices which can often leave businesses and consumers with less choice and more expensive goods and services” according to its press … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (16 April 2021)

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (12 April 2021)

Other Developments Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas made remarks on his “Vision for Cybersecurity Resilience” and outlined how the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Cybersecurity Infrastructure and Security Agency (CISA) will change their approach to public and private sector cybersecurity. Mayorkas provided a very high level preview of a previously promised forthcoming … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (12 April 2021)

Data Privacy Bill Changed As It Moves Through House In Washington State

Facing the end of its legislative session, Washington State House lawmakers alter a bill that passed the Senate. It is not clear if these changes will be acceptable. The Washington State House of Representatives has moved the “Washington Privacy Act” (SB 5062) through two committees, changing the bill in ways that may make it unacceptable … Continue reading Data Privacy Bill Changed As It Moves Through House In Washington State

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (24 March 2021)

Other Developments The Biden Administration announced it had triggered the response framework laid out in Presidential Policy Directive 41 (PPD-41) in response to the Microsoft Exchange hack that includes private sector stakeholders for the first time. In a statement, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated that “the National Security Council (NSC) established a Unified … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (24 March 2021)

House Energy and Commerce Examines Online Children’s Privacy During Pandemic

A key subcommittee turns to children online privacy issues that could be part of federal privacy legislation. As part of its examination of privacy issues and online education during the pandemic, the House Energy and Commerce’s Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee will a hearing titled “Kids Online During COVID: Child Safety in an Increasingly Digital … Continue reading House Energy and Commerce Examines Online Children’s Privacy During Pandemic

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events ( 1, 2, 3, and 4 March 2021)

Further Reading “Millions of people’s data is at risk’ — Amazon insiders sound alarm over security” — By Vincent Mamancourt — Politico EU. Three whistleblowers are claiming that Amazon has widespread data protection and privacy issues, some of which may violate European Union (EU) or United States (U.S.) law. They claimed the company culture was … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events ( 1, 2, 3, and 4 March 2021)

GAO Emphasizes Increased Cyber Risk To U.S. Government and Again Identifies Other Technology Risks

The Comptroller General again finds a number of technology programs and policies to be lacking in the biennial list of risky areas. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued its biennial High-Risk List and a number of technology issues remained at the fore, with some having become more serious since 2019 when the GAO last named … Continue reading GAO Emphasizes Increased Cyber Risk To U.S. Government and Again Identifies Other Technology Risks