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.
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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
- The Honorable Julie Brill, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
- The Honorable Cameron F. Kerry, General Counsel, U.S. Department of Commerce
- Mr. Austin Schlick, General Counsel, Federal Communications Commission
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
- CU Poll: Consumers want government to protect Internet privacy (news.consumerreports.org)
- House, Senate Tackle Data Security (techdailydose.nationaljournal.com)
- Focus On Data Breaches Tops House Commerce Privacy Agenda (techdailydose.nationaljournal.com)
- Bits: Who Could Become the Data Sheriff? (bits.blogs.nytimes.com)
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.
- Sens. Kerry, John McCain introduce ‘privacy bill of rights’ to protect web users from data-collection abuse – wsj (online.wsj.com)
- Kerry and McCain introduce online privacy bill in U.S. Senate (news.consumerreports.org)
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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