All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘law’

FTC Strengthens Online Privacy Rules For Children

As has been documented many times before, us adults on the Internet really have no privacy. Advertisers want to know what we’re doing to sell us products, and the government wants to know what we’re doing in case we’re terrorists. Children, however, still enjoy quite a bit of privacy online, and new FTC rules are going to ensure they’re even …

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Rep. Zoe Lofgren Plans Amendment To CFAA Called Aaron’s Law

In the wake of Aaron Swartz’ passing over the weekend, many people questioned why such a brilliant young man would take his own life. His family and many others said his death was “the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach.” Now people are calling for reforms to the law that allowed the justice system …

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Obama Signs Amended VPPA Into Law: Netflix Users Can Now Share Viewing History On Facebook

In 2012, Netflix spent the year battling a decades old law that said its users couldn’t share what their viewing history on Facebook or social networks. The company started lobbying Congress and its efforts finally paid off with a bill that passed both the House and the Senate. Now the bill is officially signed into law. The Hill reports that …

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New Laws Banning Employers From Asking For Facebook Passwords Go Into Effect

The new year brings with it a number of things, including new laws. One of those laws, going into effect in California and Illinois, seek to protect your privacy during the employee screening process. At 12:01 a.m. on Monday morning, a new law went into effect banning employers from requesting Facebook passwords from potential or current employees. The law is …

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The FISA Debate Proves That Congress Doesn’t Care About Your Privacy

Online privacy was a big ticket item in 2012. More and more people are becoming concerned with just how much of their personal lives are available online for everyone to see. In fact, there’s been a push to adopt certain standards like Do Not Track to better protect the privacy of those who use the Internet day in and day …

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House Approves VPPA: Americans Might Soon Be Able To Share Netflix Viewing Data On Facebook

In the last few weeks of the current congress, members seem to going into overdrive as they introduce some last minute bills. The latest bill to reach approval in the House is of particular significance as its an update to the archaic, and frankly rather stupid, VPPA. The Hill reports that the House, by voice vote, approved H.R. 6671 which …

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House Unanimously Opposes UN Takeover Of The Internet

Politics are messy. It’s hard to get any two parties to agree on something, and it’s still full of vitriol and mudslinging when they do. That’s why it’s so refreshing to see lawmakers agree on something for once, even if it might not accomplish much. On Wednesday, the House unanimously passed a Senate resolution that calls for the US to …

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Law Enforcement Now Wants Wireless Carriers To Store Your Text Messages As Evidence

Last week, the ECPA amendment that would greatly enhance Americans’ privacy has passed its first hurdle in the Senate. Now the bill will head for a proper vote in the Senate and House next year. If passed in its current state, the bill will force law enforcement to obtain a warrant when snooping through your email. Law enforcement groups wont …

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ECPA Clears Senate Committee, Will Go To Vote Next Year

Sen. Patrick Leahy’s ECPA amendment is an important one. It would require the authorities to obtain a warrant before pilfering emails. The current bill allows the authorities to access email with only a subpoena if the email in question is over 180 days old. There was a lot of resistance on the part of law enforcement when the amendment was …

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Rep. Darrell Issa Seeks Input On New Bill From Reddit

Rep. Darell Issa has been one of the few guys in government that Internet freedom fighters actually like. He’s been very outspoken in regards to SOPA, and co-sponsored its alternative – the OPEN Act. He now has a new bill in the works, and wants the Internet to help him craft it. The new bill from Rep. Issa is called …

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It’s Your First Amendment Right to Record Cops [Supreme Court]

In a victory for the ACLU and First Amendment activists everywhere, the United States Supreme Court has denied a request to review a decision that blocks the enforcement of an Illinois law barring the public from recording police officers. Back in 2010, the ACLU filed suit against a specific application of the Illinois Eavesdropping Act that made the audio recording …

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Should Law Enforcement Be Required To Obtain Warrants When Snooping Through Email?

Senator Patrick Leahy was one of the good guys back in September. He was proposing a rewrite to the 26-year-old Electronic Communications Privacy Act that would require the feds to obtain a warrant to read your email. The Justice Department didn’t like that requirement and complained. It looks like it worked as the bill is just a shadow of its …

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