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FCC Bars the Use of Airwaves for LightSquared Broadband Plan

By Edward Wyatt, NYT, February 14, 2012

A proposed wireless broadband network that would provide voice and Internet service using airwaves once reserved for satellite-telephone transmissions should be shelved because it interferes with GPS technology, the Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday. The F.C.C. statement revokes the conditional approval for the network given last year. It comes after an opinion by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which said that “there is no practical way to mitigate the potential interference at this time” with GPS devices. The telecommunications and information agency oversees telecommunications policy at the Commerce Department. …

For full text of the article, visit F.C.C. Bars the Use of Airwaves for a Broadband Plan – NYTimes.com.

TODAY: Senate Hearing on Privacy and Data Security

Privacy and Data Security: Protecting Consumers in the Modern World

Jun 29 2011 at 10:00 AM in the Russell Senate Office Building – 253

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV today announced a full committee hearing on privacy and data security. The hearing will examine how entities collect, maintain, secure, and use personal information in today’s economy and whether consumers are adequately protected under current law. The Commerce Committee will hear from representatives from relevant government agencies as well as business and consumer advocate stakeholders.

Please note the hearing will also be webcast live via the Senate Commerce Committee website at http://commerce.senate.gov.

Witness Panel 1

Witness Panel 2

  • Mr. Scott Taylor, Vice President and Chief Privacy Officer, Hewlett-Packard Company
  • Mr. Stuart Pratt, President and CEO, Consumer Data Industry Association
  • Ms. Ioana Rusu, Regulatory Counsel, Consumers Union
  • Mr. Tim Schaaff, President, Sony Network Entertainment International
  • Mr. Thomas M. Lenard Ph.D., President and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute

via Hearings – U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation.

Storm Brewing: Commercial Data Bill Of Rights Introduced

by Dan Rowinski, ReadWriteWeb, April 18, 2011 8:15 AM

Senators John Kerry, and John McCain introduced a bill to the Senate floor last week entitled “The Commercial Privacy Bill Of Rights” that would reform and codify how Internet user data could be used online.On the surface, this seems like the type of altruistic bill that falls in to the no-brainer area of Congressional legislation. Privacy, protection, trust, accountability. All the good political buzzwords apply. Yet, it is not that simple. Data is the lifeblood of the Web and the use of consumer data and the bill would allow the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Commerce to have a significant hand in regulation of how data is collected and used by companies. Advertisers, innovators and consumer groups are concerned with the bill, not so much because of the wording of the legislation, but rather the amount of control it places in the hands of the FTC and whether or not that is necessary.

via Storm Brewing: Commercial Data Bill Of Rights Introduced.

Recommendations for a Comprehensive Privacy Protection Framework | Center for Democracy & Technology

Recommendations for a Comprehensive Privacy Protection Framework


A Briefing On Public Policy Issues Affecting Civil Liberties from The Center For Democracy and Technology, February 4, 2011.


1) Baseline Privacy Legislation Needed

2) Safe Harbor Coregulatory Approach to Consumer Privacy Legislation

3) Rulemaking Authority for the Federal Trade Commission

4) Contours for Baseline Privacy Legislation

5) Innovation Needed for “Do Not Track,” But Not Complete Solution

The Commerce Department‘s Internet Policy Taskforce released a “Green Paper” outlining a proposal for a new privacy framework and asked the public to comment on the substance of the paper.  CDT believes the paper is an important first toward establishing a long overdue comprehensive privacy protection framework in the United States.  This Policy Post outlines the recommendations CDT submitted in response to the paper.

This Policy Post is online: http://cdt.org/policy/recommendations-comprehensive-privacy-protection-framework

Full text of the article via Recommendations for a Comprehensive Privacy Protection Framework | Center for Democracy & Technology.

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