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Privacy group calls for FTC to replace NTIA for drone privacy rules

April 20, 2015 10:29 am

The Center for Digital Democracy has called on the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to take a pass on formulating privacy policies for commercial drones. Last July, the President directed  the NTIA to lead multi-stakeholder meetings made up of industry and [...]

Verizon super-cookies to get FCC scrutiny

April 10, 2015 8:06 pm

The Federal Communications Commission will examine Verizon’s use of super-cookies for potential privacy violations. Verizon Wireless came under fire earlier this year from privacy advocates for using a tracking technology known as “super-cookies” or “zombie cookies.” The technology [...]

DC at the NAB: Spectrum and video and drones, oh my

April 10, 2015 12:15 pm

Washington D.C. is full of minefields for broadcasters. But at no time has the regulatory and legislative environment been so littered with tripwires. As broadcasters gather this week in Las Vegas for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) annual convention, DC will take center stage. The [...]

FCC fines AT&T historic $25 million for privacy breach

April 8, 2015 1:05 pm

AT&T has agreed to pay a $25 million civil penalty to settle Federal Communications Commission charges over data breaches that disclosed the personal information of nearly 280,000 U.S. customers. The FCC’s largest privacy and data security enforcement in the history of the commission, the [...]

Consumer groups to FTC: YouTube Kids app is one big commercial [updated]

April 7, 2015 5:01 am

A group of 10 privacy organizations are filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission Tuesday charging Google’s YouTube Kids app with deceiving young viewers by blurring the lines between advertising and content. While adults may be able to distinguish between content and ads, kids [...]

Facebook hit with lawsuit over facial recognition

April 6, 2015 6:38 pm

Facebook has been hit with a class action suit over its use of biometric data for its photo-tagging feature, a feature that has already raised privacy questions by policymakers in Washington, D.C. The lawsuit, filed in the Cook County court in Illinois, is led by plaintiff Carlo Licata. He claims [...]

Mozilla joins tech chorus opposing bulk data surveillance

April 6, 2015 2:31 pm

Tech companies, privacy advocates and civil rights groups are ramping up their opposition to bulk data surveillance practices and bulk data retention mandates ahead of any June 1 Congressional reauthorization of Section 215, part of the USA PATRIOT Act that gives the Feds sweeping surveillance [...]
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