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Ex-White House official aims to get 'do not track' back on track

December 6, 2012 Few can accuse Peter Swire of backing away from a challenge. The Ohio State law professor has agreed to take on a job that might be as hard as trying to mediate the feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys. Swire was picked last week to take over as cochairman...

Senate panel takes up electronic privacy issues

November 29, 2012 The Senate Judiciary Committee took a step on Thursday toward updating the nation’s outdated laws related to when law enforcement and other government agencies can access e-mail and other electronic communications. As part of legislation to modernize the Video Privacy Protection Act, the committee attached provisions that would update the...

House poised to pass STEM immigration bill

November 29, 2012 Despite White House opposition, the House appears likely to pass a bill this week that would allow more foreign students who graduate from U.S. schools with advanced technical degrees to stay in the country. The House failed to pass the bill, drafted by Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, when...

CEA chief calls for SOPA movement to block anti-net proposals

November 28, 2012 The CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association said on Tuesday that critics of international efforts to increase regulation of the Internet need to band together like they did last year to defeat U.S. anti-piracy legislation that was strongly opposed by Internet activists and tech companies. “The world needs a PIPA-SOPA...

Senate clears bill to fight online fraud

November 16, 2012 The Senate cleared legislation on Wednesday that would reauthorize a six-year-old law that gave the Federal Trade Commission new authority to combat cross-border spam, spyware, and other types of online fraud. The Safe Web Act, which was first enacted in 2006 and expires next year, authorizes the Federal Trade Commission...

Don't bet on an online gambling bill

November 16, 2012 Senate leaders are less optimistic about moving online gambling legislation through Congress during the lame-duck session than they were just a few months ago. Earlier this year, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Whip Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., began crafting legislation that would legalize online poker while banning other...

Advocates hope Petraeus scandal will spur action on ECPA

November 15, 2012 Privacy advocates said on Wednesday they are hopeful that the attention over e-mails that forced CIA Director David Petraeus to resign over an extramarital affair will finally push lawmakers to update a two-decade-old law dealing with government access to electronic communications. During a Capitol Hill briefing on privacy issues, privacy...

Privacy, spectrum among top mobile issues

November 9, 2012 Mobile industry policy experts on Thursday said cybersecurity, privacy, and spectrum would be among the top issues facing the mobile industry in 2013. "When I think about the next year, I think the president is focused on moving this economic engine, this dynamo forward," Jim Kohlenberger, former chief of staff...

Music industry continues fight against Internet radio bill

November 9, 2012 The music industry is continuing its lobbying campaign against legislation that supporters say is aimed at leveling the playing field for online music providers. Last month, the AFL-CIO came out against the Internet Radio Freedom Act, offered in September by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. The...

Tech industry offers congrats, wish list for Obama

November 8, 2012 Never one to hold his tongue, Consumer Electronics Association President and CEO Gary Shapiro was among the more high-profile tech-industry supporters of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, but he said on Wednesday that he is hopeful President Obama will refocus his attention on improving the federal government's fiscal house and...

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