Biden Administration Tech Policy: Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

Under President Joe Biden, the FTC will face most of the same issues presently before the agency. In a Biden Administration, the FTC may tip from three Republican Commissioners, including the chair, to a majority of Democrats if Chair Joseph Simons steps down as has been rumored for some months now, in part because of … Continue reading Biden Administration Tech Policy: Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

House Energy and Commerce Releases Privacy Discussion Draft

As rumored, in mid-December, the House Energy and Commerce Committee has released its privacy discussion draft that is the result of a bipartisan effort led by Consumer Protection & Commerce Subcommittee Chair Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Ranking Member Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA). The subcommittee is sharing this draft with stakeholders and is asking for feedback … Continue reading House Energy and Commerce Releases Privacy Discussion Draft

A Privacy Bill A Week: Online Privacy Act of 2019

Last week, we dived into the last White House on privacy, the discussion draft of the “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2015“ released by the Obama Administration. This bill was released in conjunction with a report on privacy issues and then proceeded to go nowhere as there was scant appetite on Capitol Hill … Continue reading A Privacy Bill A Week: Online Privacy Act of 2019

FTC Acts Against Stalking App Developer

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced its first action regarding applications for smart phones that may be placed on a user’s device without their knowledge or consent (aka stalking apps). The FTC took action against the developer of stalking apps of violating both the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act) and the Children’s Privacy Protection … Continue reading FTC Acts Against Stalking App Developer

“Digital Accountability and Transparency to Advance Privacy Act” (DATA Privacy Act) (S. 583)

Last week, we spent a bit of time looking at the “Privacy Bill of Rights Act” (S. 1214), the only bill to get an A in the Electronic Privacy Information Center’s report on privacy bills, and likely outside the realm of the politically possible at present. This week, we will examine Senator Catherine Cortez Masto’s … Continue reading “Digital Accountability and Transparency to Advance Privacy Act” (DATA Privacy Act) (S. 583)

A Privacy Bill A Week: The Data Care Act

As we wait for stakeholders in Congress to finalize and release their proposals to regulate how private sector companies handle, use, and distribute the private information of Americans, we thought there would be value in reviewing some of the key bills already introduced this Congress and some introduced over the last few Congresses so when … Continue reading A Privacy Bill A Week: The Data Care Act

Possible Preview of Federal Data Security Regulations?

If privacy legislation gets passed by the Congress this year or next (although recent reports suggest a number of impasses between Republicans and Democrats), it might also contain language on data security standards. Such legislation would also likely direct the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to conduct an Administrative Procedure Act (APA) rulemaking to promulgate regulations … Continue reading Possible Preview of Federal Data Security Regulations?