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EU adopts net neutrality rules

June 30, 2015 11:19 am

The European Union adopted net neutrality rules for its 28-member countries mirroring the principles adopted by the Federal Communications Commission’s order, but left open a way for ISPs to provide specialized or innovative services. The EU law, which will go into effect next April, [...]

PayPal reverses course on robocall policy

June 29, 2015 2:46 pm

PayPal reversed course on its robocalling policy after the Federal Communications Commission and a number of lawmakers took the company to task. The e-payment company, which is being spun off from eBay, caught a lot of heat earlier this month from the Federal Communications Commission and a number [...]

Rumble over FCC privacy rules start ahead of fall rule making

June 26, 2015 12:05 pm

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler promised the agency would open up “this autumn” a rule making on privacy under the open Internet order. But that’s about all Wheeler said on the issue of privacy during a speech and Q and A Friday at the Brookings Institution. As he’s expressed on other occasions, [...]

Lawmakers ask GAO to conduct Internet of things study

June 23, 2015 6:01 pm

A bipartisan group of lawmakers are calling on the Government Accountability Office to conduct a study of the Internet of Things (IoT). That could be quite an expansive study. According to Cisco, there are 25 billion “things” in just about every sector of the economy now connected to the [...]

Privacy group to file FTC complaint against Uber

June 22, 2015 10:36 am

The Electronic Privacy Information Center is calling on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Uber’s new privacy policy that allows it to track users’ location even when they’re not using the Uber app. The privacy group is planning to file a complaint with the FTC on Monday, according [...]

Lawmakers to PayPal: Change policy on robocalls [updated]

June 16, 2015 12:27 pm

Paypal’s new user agreement is drawing heat from a group of four Democratic Senators, who are calling on the company to reconsider a policy that would force users to receive robocalls and text messages. After July 1, consumers will be unable to opt-out of the new terms without forfeiting [...]

Privacy groups walk out of fed’s facial recognition meetings

June 16, 2015 10:13 am

Privacy groups have never been happy with the Obama Administration’s “multi-stakeholder” approach for establishing voluntary guidelines to protect consumer privacy. But this time, they’ve really had it. Fed up with a drawn-out 16-month process of meetings between industry and public [...]
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