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5/28/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google's self-driving car had already logged hundreds of thousands of miles on Bay Area roads before Gov. Jerry Brown took a ceremonious spin in an autonomous Prius last year and signed a law allowing the vehicles to operate in California. Now bureaucrats in state government are playing catch-up, writing a whole new set of rules of the road....
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5/23/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Just a few years ago, the idea that a 19-year-old from Romania had built a self-driving car would’ve sounded like science fiction. Now, to get attention, Ionut Alexandru Budisteanu had to do it on the cheap. While Google’s (GOOG) autonomous driving vehicle costs $75,000, Budisteanu’s system—which uses 3D radar and a mounted...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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5/9/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The APPS Act would require app developers to obtain consent before collecting personal data New legislation introduced by a group of U.S. lawmakers would require mobile application developers to obtain consent from consumers before collecting their personal data and to secure the data they collect. The Application Privacy, Protection and Security...
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5/7/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
An effort to lift the state's 38-year cap on medical malpractice lawsuit payouts through a 2014 ballot initiative may be little more than an attempt to pressure the state Legislature to act on the matter, according to capitol sources and critics of the proposal. But the coalition behind an as-of-yet unwritten ballot initiative says it intends...
News Release
4/22/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – A coalition of six consumer and privacy public interest groups today praised Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W VA) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) for introducing a Do-Not-Track bill, which would charge the Federal Trade Commission with establishing standards by which consumers could tell online companies, including mobile...
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4/22/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Privacy Groups Complain Progress Is Too Slow The Do Not Track privacy hearing called by Sen. Jay Rockefeller for Wednesday before the commerce committee is bound to feature some fireworks. That's because Rockefeller has shown himself to be no fan of the advertising industry's self-regulating Ad Choices program, which gives consumers the...