Another Process Focused Online Content Bill

Subscribe to my newsletter, The Wavelength, if you want the content on my blog delivered to your inbox four times a week. It is my current position that if the United States (U.S.) Congress and the President to reach agreement on legislation to revamp how the U.S. regulates online content, it will be through requiring … Continue reading Another Process Focused Online Content Bill

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (22 June 2021)

Subscribe to my newsletter, The Wavelength, if you want updates on global technology developments four times a week. Other Developments House Judiciary Committee Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law Subcommittee Chair David Cicilline (D-RI) and Ranking Member Ken Buck (R-CO) released five antitrust and competition bills as a result of the subcommittee’s investigation of competition in … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (22 June 2021)

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (6 April 2021)

Other Developments The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) reversed a decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that Facebook’s login notification text system, especially its database of phone numbers, violated a federal law barring abusive telemarketing practices. The case turned on whether Facebook’s system is an “automatic telephone … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (6 April 2021)

Senate Judiciary Begins Hearings on Antitrust

The subcommittee in the Senate that oversees antitrust and competition policy started its hearings on what reform legislation may look like. Members agree there’s a problem but not on solutions. Following the lead of the House Judiciary Committee, the Senate subcommittee with jurisdiction over antitrust matters held a hearing on antitrust reform. The Senate Judiciary … Continue reading Senate Judiciary Begins Hearings on Antitrust

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)

Senate Commerce Hearing On Privacy

Senate stakeholders appear no closer to resolving the two key impasses in privacy legislation: preemption and a private right of action. A week after the introduction of the “Setting an American Framework to Ensure Data Access, Transparency, and Accountability (SAFE DATA) Act” (S.4626) was introduced, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing … Continue reading Senate Commerce Hearing On Privacy

Another Federal Privacy Bill

Senate Commerce Republicans revise and release privacy bill that does not budge on main issues setting them apart from their Democratic colleagues. Last week, in advance of tomorrow’s hearing on privacy legislation, the chair and key Republicans released a revised version of draft legislation released last year to mark their position on what United States … Continue reading Another Federal Privacy Bill

Modified EARN IT Act Marked Up; Before Markup, Graham, Cotton, and Blackburn Introduce Encryption Bill

The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously reports out a revised bill to remove online child sexual material from Section 230 protection. The bill no longer allows companies to use a safe harbor based on adopting best practices for finding and removing this material. However, before the hearing, the chair of the committee introduced a bill requiring … Continue reading Modified EARN IT Act Marked Up; Before Markup, Graham, Cotton, and Blackburn Introduce Encryption Bill

Dueling COVID-19 Privacy Bills Released

Democratic stakeholders answer a Republican proposal on how to regulate privacy issues raised by COVID-19 contact tracing. The proposals have little chance of enactment and are mostly about positioning.   First things first, if you would like to receive my Technology Policy Update, email me. You can find some of these Updates from 2019 and … Continue reading Dueling COVID-19 Privacy Bills Released

Senate Commerce Republicans Vow To Introduce Privacy Bill To Govern COVID-19 Apps and Tech

Key Republican stakeholders on privacy legislation float a bill on COVID-19 relating to privacy that seems unlikely to garner the necessary Democratic buy-in to advance.   Late last week, key Republicans on the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation announced they would introduce the “COVID-19 Consumer Data Protection Act” that provide new privacy and data security … Continue reading Senate Commerce Republicans Vow To Introduce Privacy Bill To Govern COVID-19 Apps and Tech