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News Story
9/13/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Listen to story:   mp3 (Duration: 21:06 — 19.3MB)   FEATURING JAMIE COURT – The oldest credit reporting company in the US, Equifax announced this month that a massive data breach by hacking has compromised the personal information of about 143 million people, mostly in the US but also in the UK and Canada. The multi-billion...
News Release
5/26/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today endorsed a proposed bill in the New York State Assembly that would provide the so-called “Right To Be Forgotten,” allowing people to request removal of material and search engine links from their name to information that is inadequate, irrelevant, no longer relevant, or excessive from...
News Story
4/4/2017
Posted by Connor
Stick a fork in the Federal Communication Commission’s Obama-era privacy rules. As promised, President Trump signed a bill Monday to repeal the ISP privacy regulation passed last year under former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. The repeal follows Republican-led Senate and House votes to kill the regs in late March. The rules would have required...
News Story
3/30/2017
Posted by Connor
The United States House of Representatives on Tuesday approved the Congressional Review Act, undoing privacy restrictions imposed on Internet service providers during the Obama administration. The Senate passed the CRA last week in a 50-48 vote along party lines. The White House has expressed support for the CRA. "This is one time I believe...
News Story
3/29/2017
Posted by Connor
  Groups on both sides of the braodband privacy debate flooded journalists' inboxes after House Republicans followed the Senate's lead and passed a Congressional Review Act resolution of disapproval Tuesday, repealing the FCC's broadband privacy rule framework. The President is expected to sign the resolution, which also prohibits...
News Story
3/27/2017
Posted by Connor
Privacy advocates and consumer groups are fighting back against the U.S. Senate's Thursday vote to undo privacy restrictions on Internet service providers. In a 50-48 party line vote, the Senate approved the Congressional Review Act, S.J. Res. 34. If the House of Representatives gives it the green light, it then will go to the president to be...
News Story
3/15/2017
Posted by Connor
A dual-track effort to derail—if not permanently eliminate—new federal privacy rules that would limit Internet Service Providers’ commercial use of sensitive customer data is gaining steam. On Wednesday, March 1, the Trump administration’s Federal Communications Commission voted to delay implementation of new broadband...
News Story
3/10/2017
Posted by Connor
Republicans in Washington are showing they really don’t care much about your online privacy. Over the past week, Republican policymakers at the Federal Communications Commission and in Congress have taken steps to undo a modest but important set of privacy rules governing broadband providers approved by the FCC last year. The moves could...
News Story
3/8/2017
Posted by Connor
Sen. Jeff Flake today (March 8) ihas introduced a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to invalidate the FCC's broadband privacy rules, according to a source. According to copy of the resolution, it is short and to the point, saying: "Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress...
News Story
2/21/2017
Posted by Connor
Uber’s sexual harassment case is the latest controversy in a long history of the ride-sharing company flouting regulations and, according to the company’s critics, ignoring ethical and legal standards in the name of “disruption”.     The San Francisco-based technology corporation is facing a widespread...