When Bradford Parkinson wrote to the Federal Communications Commission in August, urging the commission to scuttle LightSquared’s plans for a nationwide wireless network, he signed off as vice chairman of a board of independent experts that advises federal agencies on GPS-related matters. Here’s what he didn’t mention: Parkinson is heavily invested — to the tune of millions of dollars — in Trimble, a GPS company at the center of an all-out lobbying blitz against LightSquared in Congress and federal agencies, including the FCC. …
For full text of the article, visit LightSquared foe bias on GPS? – Eliza Krigman – POLITICO.com.
- LightSquared foe bias on GPS? (politico.com)
- New LightSquared Plan Fails To Ease GPS Interference Worries (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
- LightSquared harms GPS (thehill.com)
- Congressional Testimony on LightSquared Interference Issue (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
- LightSquared Promises To Support 15,000 Jobs (techdailydose.nationaljournal.com)
By Tony Romm, October 19, 2011, Politico.com TONY ROMM
… And as the Electronic Communications Privacy Act turns 25 this week, members of Congress are hearing it is time to revisit a law that never anticipated the day consumers would use Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, the iPhone and other tech staples of the digital age. Lawmakers have updated the statute over the years, but disagreements linger in 2011 over how best to revise it again. In addition, the Department of Justice has actively avoided changes to the ECPA that might curtail its broad powers — maligned by privacy hawks and civil libertarians alike — to investigate crimes involving digital evidence. At the same time, federal courts are weighing cases that threaten the DoJ’s use of the law. …
For full text of this nice overview article, visit Digital data privacy rules turn 25 – Tony Romm – POLITICO.com.
- Digital data privacy rules turn 25 (politico.com)
- Op-ed: The shocking strangeness of our 25-year-old digital privacy law (arstechnica.com)
- Lawmakers push to limit government mobile tracking (macworld.com)
- Aging ‘Privacy’ Law Leaves Cloud E-Mail Open to Cops (wired.com)
- Leahy Pledges Action On ECPA By End Of Year (techdailydose.nationaljournal.com)
- US Lawmakers Push to Limit Gov’t Mobile Tracking (pcworld.com)
- ECPA Anniversary Week Brings Calls for Change (eff.org)
- Google, Facebook renew push to update 1986 privacy law (news.cnet.com)
by Bret Cohen, HL Chronicle of Data Protection, September 23, 2011
Summary: The trend towards dismissal for lack of standing in privacy cases where no concrete harm is alleged continues. On a motion to dismiss, a group of consolidated privacy lawsuits against Apple and others in the Northern District of California have been dismissed for lack of standing due to the absence of any allegation of concrete injury. The court rejected attempts to invent new damage theories and while leave to re-file was granted, the court made clear the high standards of pleading required for standing and also highlighted the other pleading defects in the case that would be disabling were the plaintiffs to try again. For full text of article, visit:
SAN FRANCISCO–If you have Wi-Fi turned on, the previous whereabouts of your computer or mobile device may be visible on the Web for anyone to see. Google publishes the estimated location of millions of iPhones, laptops, and other devices with Wi-Fi connections, a practice that represents the latest twist in a series of revelations this year about wireless devices and privacy, CNET has learned. … Only Google and Skyhook Wireless, however, make their location databases linking hardware IDs to street addresses publicly available on the Internet, which raises novel privacy concerns when the IDs they’re tracking are mobile. If someone knows your hardware ID, he may be able to find a physical address that the companies associate with you–even if you never intended it to become public. …
For full text of the article, Exclusive: Google’s Web mapping can track your phone | Privacy Inc. – CNET News.
- Exclusive: Google’s Web mapping can track your phone (news.cnet.com)
- Google web mapping can track your phone (theinformativereport.com)