All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Legislation’

Interactive Advertising Bureau Weighs In On Obama Proposals

During Tuesday’s State of the Union Address, President Obama briefly touched on some proposals that may have an impact on the digital advertising industry. These include laws to combat cyber attacks and to protect the data of minors. Here’s the full speech in case you didn’t watch it: From the prepared remarks: We are making sure our government integrates intelligence …

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California Drones Bill Vetoed, Police Not Required to Obtain Warrants for Unmanned Surveillance

California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have instituted regulations on drone use by public agencies – including the police. Among other things, the bill would have forced police, in most cases, to obtain a warrant to surveil the public with unmanned aircraft systems. “I am returning Assembly Bill 1327 without my signature,” said Gov. Brown in …

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Orca Shows: Bill Stemming from ‘Blackfish’ Documentary is Deferred

The show will go on–for now. Following the fallout from the Blackfish documentary, an assemblyman in California proposed legislation that would end orca shows in the state–namely at SeaWorld San Diego. To the dismay of many animal rights activists, the bill was deferred until at least next year. The Orca Welfare and Safety Act bill (also called the “Blackfish bill”) …

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Arizona’s Anti-Gay Bill Gets Pushback From Apple, Other High-Profile Companies

Apple has joined a host of high-profile businesses in urging Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to veto a controversial piece of legislation that would allow businesses to discriminate against the LGBT community on religious grounds. The bill, Senate Bill 1062, amends sections of the Arizona statues to empower business owners to exercise what they would call “freedom of religion,” and what …

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Yelp Discloses Lobbying Efforts, CEO Sells 15,000 Shares

A couple of interesting pieces of Yelp news have surfaced in that the company is lobbying for patent reform and copyright laws, and CEO Jeremy Stoppelman has sold nearly 15,000 shares of the company. As first reported by The Hill, the company hired former House staffer Laurent Crenshaw as its first lobbyist a couple months ago. He is a former …

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Food Allergy Legislation: The Senate Votes Next Week

With the number of people who have food allergies on the rise, there is a lot of concern about how allergic reactions are handled in schools. Since food allergy reactions can be fatal, the Food Allergy and Research Education (FARE) group is working to get legislation passed that will make sure all schools in the nation are prepared. FARE's CEO …

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Rep. Bob Goodlatte Wants To Reign In The NSA

Whenever House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte isn’t thinking about implementing a nationwide online sales tax, he’s busy thinking about the NSA. That’s only a good thing, however, as he’s one of the lawmakers that wants to subject the agency to more Congressional oversight. The Hill reports that Goodlatte’s committee hosted a classified hearing today with senior intelligence officials. After the …

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Experts Say Congress Is Unprepared For A Cyberattack

President Obama introduced an executive order last week that intended to help protect the nation’s infrastructure from cyber attacks. It’s similar to CISPA in that it increases information sharing between government and private corporations, but thankfully lacks the privacy infringing clauses found in the aforementioned bill. Some experts, however, are saying that it’s not enough. Security experts have found that …

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Facebook Throws Its Weight Behind LGBT Tax Equity Legislation in California

Facebook is throwing its weight behind a proposed California law that would provide tax equity for the state’s LGBT couples. AB 362, proposed by Democratic Assemblymember Philip Ting (San Francisco), would provide tax relief for employees who receive reimbursement from their employer for federal taxes they paid on healthcare benefits provided to their same-sex partner and dependents. The law would …

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Should The Government Regulate ISP Bandwidth Caps?

Some of the major ISPs in the U.S. implement bandwidth caps in the name of controlling network congestion, but most caps are just a backhanded way of making more money. One senator is targeting the practice to bring better Internet availability and speed to users across the U.S. TechDirt reported Thursday that Sen. Ron Wyden, Internet freedom fighter, has introduced …

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Startup Act 2.0: Is Immigration Reform Vital in Moving Innovation Forward?

With the economy weighing heavy on everyone’s mind this election season, legislators are hoping it will help them pass a new initiative. The bill is called Startup Act 2.0 and is designed to spark new businesses and jobs. What does the U.S. need to spur the economy? Is legislation geared toward startups the answer? We’d love to hear your take …

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Should Congress Move To Ban Employers From Demanding Employees’ Facebook Passwords?

If your future employer or current boss asks you for your Facebook password, it might soon be against the law. That’s because there is new national legislation against the practice of employers demanding access to employees’ personal accounts. A group of Democrats in both the House of Representatives and the Senate have introduced similar legislation, and it’s flying under the …

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What Will the JOBS Act Do for Startups & the Tech Industry?

Last week, President Obama signed into law the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, more commonly known as the JOBS Act. The White House administration is hoping that small businesses and startups will drive recovery and create new jobs.

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Stock Act: Obama Signs To Bar Insider Trading

“It’s the notion that the powerful shouldn’t get to create one set of rules for themselves and another set of rules for everybody else,” Obama said on Wednesday. He was referencing a bill introduced this week into legislation that will make it illegal for members of congress, federal workers, and the president himself from using information gained on the job …

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What Will the FTC’s Privacy Framework Do?

When the Federal Trade Commission released its final report on privacy last week, it made several recommendations for the future of privacy. Thus far, it has received both praise and criticism for the framework it laid out.

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Is Cyber Warfare Imminent, Or Is the Hype Overblown?

Is cybersecurity one of your top concerns? Whatever your opinion might be, the government has taken a particularly strong interest in it lately, as security breaches appear to be on the rise. In recent years, the U.S. has seen corporations such as Sony and Citibank hacked as well as various divisions of the government including the Senate and the Pentagon. …

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Google’s Driverless Cars Inspire New California Legislation

Last summer, Nevada legalized autonomous cars, clearing the way for Google’s driverless cars program. Earlier this month, news came out that the state is developing some regulations for such cars, including new licensing procedures. California Senator Alex Padilla announced new legislation to get the driverless cars going in California similarly, after arriving at a press conference in one of Google’s …

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Could Obama’s Privacy Plan Threaten the Internet?

The ongoing debate over online privacy is in the spotlight once again. However, this time, it’s the White House that’s at the center of the controversy. Last week, the Obama Administration announced a privacy plan that would give consumers more control over their data. In the first-ever introduction of federal privacy policy, the White House proposal calls for Internet companies, …

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Nebraska Debates Ownership of Facebook, Twitter, and Email Accounts of the Deceased

If you are the executor of someone’s will in the state of Nebraska, you might have some extra responsibilities given to you in the near future. State Senator John Wightman is the sponsor of a bill that would give the deceased’s representative power over their internet life – Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, email. The bill, LB783, comes as an amendment to …

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Interview: Here’s Why Open Auctions for 2G Spectrum Are the Best Option

The war in Washington over wireless spectrum is really beginning to heat up as policymakers and the FCC aren’t seeing eye to eye. The issue is commonly referred to as the “spectrum crunch” since wireless networks are quickly becoming overloaded.

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Senate Introduces Global Cybercrime Enforcement Bill

The U.S. is trying to dabble in policing the Internet again, but in a vastly different way. Meet S.1469 or the International Cybercrime Reporting and Cooperation Act. The bill was introduced recently into the Senate by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York. It’s goal is “to require reporting on the capacity of foreign countries to combat cybercrime, to develop action …

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President Obama Doesn’t Support SOPA, But Signs ACTA?

Move over SOPA, tell ACTA the news? Or is this more of a case of “move over SOPA, it’s ACTA time?” Or does, “Stop! ACTA time!” work? For me, it’s “just when you thought it was safe to go back on the web, ACTA happens.” That’s right folks, while SOPA/PIPA were being placed in the ditch as smoldering husks, President …

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Online Poker Community Speaks Out Via Social Media, Hopes Lawmakers Will Hear

It’s an interesting time for the poker industry in the U.S. as multiple laws have been introduced to Congress regarding the legalization of the online game. The poker community has been pushing for such legislation for years and is optimistic that some type of action will happen soon.

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Facebook Privacy Questioned By European Commission – Facebook Reacts

It appears that the European Commission is preparing to crack down on Facebook. According to a report from the Telegraph earlier this week, the EC is planning to introduce a new directive that would actually ban targeted advertising on the site.

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What is the Right Solution for Internet Tax?

The Internet sales tax issue has been debated for a number of years, but the issue grew to a new level of intensity after the state of California signed into law a bill that required all online retailing sites to pay taxes on their affiliate advertising. This, of course, sparked a big dispute since many online retailers such as Amazon cut off their affiliate programs in the state.

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California’s Amazon Tax Law Forces Affiliate Marketer to Move to Nevada

After years of operating a successful comparison shopping site in California, Nick Loper recently had to shut down his business and move to another state to start over. Why? Loper was one of the affiliate marketing victims of the online sales tax law that California passed earlier this summer.

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Analyst Weighs in on New Online Poker Bill, Expresses Optimism

A new Internet gaming bill was recently introduced to the U.S. House that focuses specifically on poker. The Internet Gambling Prohibition, Poker Consumer Protection, and Strengthening UIGEA Act of 2011, or H.R.2366, would regulate online poker and would create an interstate licensing program for Internet poker websites.

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Google Lobbying Plus One: Nevada Legalizes Autonomous Cars

In case you’re still looking for futuristic flying cars, you may want to rest your gaze on the state of Nevada, thanks to some lobbying by Google. The state of Nevada has just passed legislation allowing the Nevada Department of Transportation to create rules and regulations governing the use of driverless automobiles. While the new law, Assembly Bill No. 511 …

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CA Privacy Bill Defeated – Big Win for Social Networks

Although the Social Networking Privacy Act was a proposed state law in California, it received a lot of attention. The proposed bill would have impacted not only social networks like Facebook, but it would have also affected any Web company that connected people to the Internet, such as Google, eHarmony, and Match.com.

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Texas Pulls “Groping Bill” After TSA Threatens Flight Shutdowns

Score one for the federal government, I guess. The Texas Senate was forced to abandon their plans to pass a bill referred to as the “Groping Bill” after the Transportation Security Administration played the federal trump card. According to Forbes, The Groping bill would have made illegal any pat-downs performed by the TSA that involved touching the “anus, sexual organ, …

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