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News Story
6/7/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The revelations in the Washington Post's report on PRISM trains the spotlight on a sticky dilemma. PRISM is a U.S. government anti-terrorism surveillance program that hinges on data mining of Internet traffic records contributed by Microsoft, Google and several other tech giants, It's hard to argue against leaving no stone unturned in...
News Story
6/7/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The U.S. National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation have access to servers at Google, Facebook, and other major Internet services, collecting audio, video, email, and other content for surveillance, the Washington Post and the Guardian reported on Thursday. The surveillance is taking place in real time under a classified program...
News Story
6/7/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
New documents reveal that the National Security Agency and the FBI are secretly gathering data from nine large U.S. internet companies. The Washington Post reported that the secret wiretapping program codenamed PRISM may be unprecedented. The internet companies involved include Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, and...
Blog Post
5/21/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
There's growing evidence that privacy is not a partisan issue. Representative Joe Barton, a conservative Republican from Texas, has signed on to be a co-sponsor of Rep. Hank Johnson's bill to increase consumer privacy protection on mobile devices. Barton is the co-chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus, eight members of...
News Story
5/17/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google Glass isn't officially available to all consumers yet, and it's already drawing concerns from Congress. They've sent a letter to Google asking about privacy issues for those wearing the glasses, and those who will be on the receiving end of a Glass-wearer's gaze. Google may answer the questions -- or it could wait until a...
Blog Post
5/16/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
Eight members of Congress have sent a letter to Google CEO Larry Page asking tough and necessary questions about the Internet giant's new wearable computing device, Google Glass. The letter from members of the Bipartisan Privacy Caucus, whose Co-chairman is conservative Joe Barton, (R-TX), says, "As members of the Congressional Bipartisan...
News Story
5/15/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog praised Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) for introducing a bi-partisan bill that would increase consumer privacy protection on mobile devices. According to a release, the bill, H.R. 1913, is known as the Application Privacy, Protection and Security (APPS) Act of 2013. Among its co-sponsors is Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH). The bill would...
News Story
5/10/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The mobile industry's efforts to convince lawmakers that self-regulation alone is the best way to address growing concerns over privacy-invading mobile applications appears to be running into some headwind. On Thursday, Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) introduced new legislation that would require mobile application developers to provide clear...
News Story
5/10/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Georgia Democrat Hank Johnson today introduced a bill that would require app makers to present privacy policies to users before they collect any data from their mobile devices and to securely maintain the data they collect.  The bill — called the Application Privacy, Protection and Security Act, or Apps Act — essentially follows...
News Release
5/9/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON – Consumer Watchdog today praised Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) for introducing a bi-partisan bill that would increase consumer privacy protection on mobile devices.   The bill, H.R. 1913, is known as the Application Privacy, Protection and Security (APPS) Act of 2013. Among its co-sponsors is Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH).  The...