How will the failure to extend the ITFA affect efforts to expand broadband adoption?
A clean bill would very likely pass before Congress adjourns, but amendments could serve as poison pills to the whole process.
The FTC's recently released report on data brokers is, by my count, the fourth major government privacy report in the last two years to propose new policy remedies for privacy "harms."
It's often big news when legislation is passed that aims to address technological issues such as privacy and surveillance.
Rather than trying to obscure the public record, a better approach for privacy regulators is to identify specific harms that individuals may face and craft targeted policies to mitigate those harms.
Let's start simply, having some basic rules of the road make sense.
Every day we see more evidence that income inequality has accelerated over the last few decades, leaving middle-class people frozen in stagnant wages, trapping the poor in permanent misery and enriching a small group of Americans as if they were...
Think of the possibilities of the drone society. If you are short on your taxes, the Internal Revenue Service could send a drone to your door with a notice. If you miss a credit card payment, your bank could send a dunning letter to you, delivered by drone!
Recently on CNN, former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) appeared and discussed the ongoing stall in the fiscal-cliff talks, and delivered his take.
Congress, he said, was a much different place when he first arrived, because everyone in both parties socialized more, and they all had permanent residences in Washington. Before cellphones, the Internet, fax machines and other devices, people needed each other’s presence more to fill time, and members in both parties played golf together, went to happy hours and had family dinners and barbecues.
Privacy is an ongoing concern for all of us; it's a real thing. However, there're a lot of bogus headlines regarding online privacy, and I figure some perspective is good.
Most of the panic regards Google and Facebook, and almost all of it is faked, from parties who're looking for headlines or people who don't understand tech, and panicked. Let's say very little fact-checking was done.