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Senate Subcommittee Examines “Stalking Apps” Bill

This week, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law held a hearing to discuss the Location Privacy Protection Act of 2014, a bill reintroduced in March by Senator Al Franken (D-MN).  Most concerned with the potential for misuse and abuse of location data for purposes of stalking and perpetrating domestic violence, Senator … Continue Reading

Senate Panel Examines Data Broker Industry; Releases Staff Report

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing entitled, “What Information Do Data Brokers Have on Consumers, and How Do They Use It?”   Committee members expressed interest in bringing about greater transparency to what information is collected by data brokers and how it is used at the hearing, which consisted … Continue Reading

Do Not Track Online Act Reintroduced in Senate

By Emily Borgen Legislation was reintroduced in the Senate last week that would allow Internet users to opt out of certain forms of online tracking.  The bill [PDF] was previously introduced in 2011. The “Do-Not-Track Online Act of 2013,” introduced on February 27 by Senators Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Blumenthal (D-Conn.), would require the Federal Trade Commission … Continue Reading

Members of Congress Examine Impact of Media and Marketing On Children

Earlier today, members of Congress and regulators gathered for a symposium on “The Impact of Media on the Health & Well-Being of Children.”   Participants included Congressman Edward Markey (D-MA), Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Jon Leibowitz, Chairman, Federal Trade Commission, and Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission, as well as researchers … Continue Reading

Rep. Engel Introduces Federal Bill to Limit Access to Social Networking Accounts

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) recently introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would prohibit employers from requiring current and prospective employees to disclose website usernames, passwords, and other online content.  The Social Networking Online Protection Act (SNOPA), H.R. 5050, also would apply to students at colleges, universities, and K-12 schools, and impose a … Continue Reading

Maryland Legislation Bans Employers From Requesting Social Media Passwords

Yesterday, Maryland became the first state to pass legislation banning employers from asking employees or job applicants to provide their passwords to social media sites.  The legislation also prohibits employers from taking, or threatening to take, disciplinary action on employees or applicants who refuse to disclose such information. The bill now has to be signed … Continue Reading

Senate Judiciary Committee Passes Breach Notices Bills

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation introduced by Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) (S. 1151) that would require firms to develop comprehensive data security programs and would impose a federal breach notice obligation on firms.  The same day, the Committee also approved amended versions of breach notification measures introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) … Continue Reading

Senate Judiciary Committee Weighs Data Security Legislation

Last Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee began its consideration of the several pending data security bills by marking up S. 1151, the legislation introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT).  S. 1151 would require business entities to develop a data privacy and security plan for protecting sensitive personally identifiable information, require agencies and business entities to … Continue Reading

Blumenthal Introduces Data Protection and Breach Notice Legislation.

As The Hill and other news outlets are reporting, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) — who previously was one of the most active state attorneys general on privacy and data security issues before joining the Senate in 2011 — has introduced data protection legislation. This will be the eighth breach notification bill introduced on Capitol Hill during the 113th … Continue Reading
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