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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 Judiciary Subcommittee To Examine “Stalking Apps”

Tomorrow, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law will hold a hearing on legislation reintroduced in March by Senator Al Franken (D-MN), the Location Privacy Protection Act of 2014.  The bill would regulate the development, operation, and sale of “stalking apps” and also would require companies to get consumer permission before collecting … Continue Reading

Senate Judiciary Committee Passes Amendment to ECPA, VPPA

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the much-discussed update to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 and the Video Privacy Protection of 1988 (“VPPA”).  The Committee adopted Senator Leahy’s manager’s amendment (which we discussed here), with a minor modification proposed by Senators Cornyn and Lee.  Senator Feinstein also offered an amendment to the VPPA … Continue Reading

No Federal Court Jurisdiction to Review FTC Enforcement of Google Buzz Consent Decree, Judge Rules

An action brought by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (“EPIC”) asking that the FTC be compelled to enforce its Google Buzz consent order (previously described, here) was dismissed by Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, who held that “enforcement decisions are committed to agency discretion and … Continue Reading

Video Privacy Protection Act Consent Bill Passes House Committee

Following up on a meeting last week, today the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s proposed amendment to the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA). The Committee favorably reported (i.e., approved) a modified version of Rep. Goodlatte’s bill, H.R. 2471, which would permit consent to be given to sharing video usage information … 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

Goodlatte to Focus on Cybersecurity Legislation

Multiple press outlets are reporting on remarks from Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R-Va.) regarding his intent to take up cybersecurity legislation during the 112th Congress.  In remarks at the 2011 State of the Net Conference, sponsored by the Congressional Internet Caucus, Goodlatte reportedly said that the Judiciary Committee should explore the use of “limited liability protections” as an incentive … Continue Reading
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