Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (13 October)

Further Reading  “False Rumors Often Start at the Top” By Shira Ovide — The New York Times. This piece traces how misinformation can arise from poorly phrased or ambiguous statements and utterances from authorities or famous people. Throw in a very liberal dose of people misinterpreting, and it’s a miracle there’s any clear communication online.“With … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (13 October)

Section 230 Hearings

Republicans continue to spotlight Section 230 and supposed bias against conservatives on social media platforms. On 1 October , against a backdrop of coordinated, increasing Republican focus on 47 U.S.C. 230 (aka Section 230), the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee voted unanimously to subpoena three technology CEOs: Jack Dorsey, Chief Executive Officer of Twitter;Sundar … Continue reading Section 230 Hearings

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

Uncertainty As Deadlines Approach On TikTok and WeChat EOs

It is still not clear how matters will play out with a proposed Oracle/TikTok deal and the ban on WeChat (and possibly TikTok if an acceptable deal cannot be made.) Today, the Trump Administration issued orders barring TikTok and WeChat pursuant to executive orders issued an “Executive Order on Addressing the Threat Posed by TikTok” … Continue reading Uncertainty As Deadlines Approach On TikTok and WeChat EOs

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

Senate Commerce Revisits Privacy In Light of Legislative Proposals

On December 4, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing titled ”Examining Legislative Proposals to Protect Consumer Data Privacy” a week after two competing proposals were released: the “United States Consumer Data Privacy Act of 2019“ (CDPA) and the “Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act“ (COPRA) (S.2968). Chair Roger Wicker (R-MS) stated “[f]or … Continue reading Senate Commerce Revisits Privacy In Light of Legislative Proposals

Privacy Bill A Week: United States Consumer Data Privacy Act of 2019

The majority staff of the Senate Commerce Committee circulated the “United States Consumer Data Privacy Act of 2019” (CDPA), a draft data privacy bill days after Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and her cosponsors released the “Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act“ (COPRA) (S.2968) (See here for more analysis). Of course, these competing proposals came before … Continue reading Privacy Bill A Week: United States Consumer Data Privacy Act of 2019

Senate Democrats Release Privacy Principles

The ranking members of four Senate Committees have released their principles for any privacy legislation, many of which are likely to be rejected by Republicans and many industry stakeholders (e.g. no preemptions of the “California Consumer Privacy Act” (AB 375) and a private right of action for consumers). Nonetheless, Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Dianne Feinstein … Continue reading Senate Democrats Release Privacy Principles