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House privacy group talks with FTC

The House Commerce Privacy Working Group met with Federal Trade Commission (FTC) officials Tuesday as part of an ongoing series of meetings to examine online privacy that began last fall.

The group, led by co-chairmen Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.), met with Democratic Commissioner Julie Brill and Republican Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen to discuss the agency's role in protecting online privacy. 

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House Republican working on demand letter bill

Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) said is working on a bill to address demand letters from “patent trolls.”

“These bad actors are arrogantly manipulating the intellectual property system—and they’re getting away with it,” he said Tuesday, during a hearing on the topic held by the House Commerce subcommittee on Trade, which he chairs.

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Senate patent markup pushed back again

The Senate Judiciary Committee's consideration of Chairman Patrick Leahy's (D-Vt.) patent reform bill, scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, has been pushed back again.

The markup of the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act, authored by Leahy and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), has now been pushed back three times as committee members negotiate the contentious provisions being considered.

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Report calls 2013 ‘year of the mega breach’

Last year was the “year of the mega breach” at retailers and other websites, according to analysis from a top cybesecurity firm.

The report from Symantec released on Tuesday found that there were 62 percent more data breaches in 2013 than in 2012. Eight of those were massive breaches that exposed information about more than 10 million people each, as opposed to just one the previous year.

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