OVERNIGHT TECH: Debate grows over Patent Office fees

Hillicon's Sara Jerome highlights a section of the report that encourages policymakers to see the benefits of online targeted advertising even as a debate rages on the Hill about how to regulate the way firms use and protect consumer data. The report describes behavioral advertising as an important way to make hometown journalism more profitable. It also notes lawmakers have a "legitimate concern" about online tracking.

The recommendation marks one of the first times the FCC has expressed a policy perspective on behavioral advertising. The FCC will begin later this month to play a greater role in the mobile privacy debate, holding a public forum on June 28 at which staff members will discuss privacy issues with tech companies, consumer advocates and wireless providers. 

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Citi breach draws fire from House Democrat: Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), co-founder of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus, slammed Citigroup for reportedly waiting weeks before notifying 200,000 customers that their data may have been breached. If Citigroup is found to have waited a significant amount of time between identifying the breach and notifying customers, it could face  scrutiny similar to that experienced by Sony, which has become a target of lawmakers for waiting roughly a week before emailing customers about an attack on the PlayStation Network.

“I was shocked by the report that Citigroup knew that their customers’ data was potentially exposed back in early May, but is only now, a full month later, informing the public about this threat to their personal information," Langevin said. "Citigroup has a large customer base, including many government clients, and the reports of this incident by the press are highly concerning."

Holder says cybersecurity is a 'top priority' at DOJ: Attorney General Eric Holder used a speech at the Northwest Indiana Cyber Security Summit to tout the Obama administration's recent enforcement actions involving cybercrime and piracy. Holder said cybersecurity is now a Cabinet-level priority and will remain a crucial part of the administration's agenda going forward. He emphasized the need for private and international cooperation, arguing the government can't go it alone against hackers and criminal organizations.

Data breach hearing next week: The House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing to discuss upcoming legislation that would require firms to safeguard consumers' personal information and notify them in the event of a data breach.

AT&T goes on merger media blitz: Officials from the telecom titan seemed unconcerned by silence from some of the most prominent tech firms regarding AT&T's proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom. Bob Quinn, AT&T senior vice president for federal regulatory and chief privacy officer, suggested the lack of an endorsement from Apple and Google may be a result of the firms' attempts to avoid the spotlight after drawing political scrutiny in recent months.

Another AT&T official praised the FCC for generally tailoring its merger conditions to address specific harms raised by the transactions.

Apple agrees to ban future drunk-driving apps: Apple will ban all future DUI checkpoint smartphone apps after Senate Democrats pressed the firm to do so beginning in March. BlackBerry maker RIM has already complied with the request, while Google has yet to indicate whether they waiver from their earlier refusal to pull the apps from the Android platform. Senate Majority Leader Harry (D-Nev.) and colleagues praised Apple but asked the firm yank the applications that are currently available, which will be reviewed.