This Week in Tech: House to examine email privacy rules

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Revising the law to protect all electronic communications, regardless of how old they are, is a top goal for Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahySanders, liberals press Obama to expand closure of private prisons Police union: Clinton snubbed us Congress saving the past for the future MORE (D-Vt.).

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob GoodlatteBob GoodlatteGOP chairman denounces FCC media rules GOP preps tough perjury case against Clinton House Republican raises concerns over immigration fraud MORE (R-Va.) said earlier this month that modernizing the privacy act to “reflect our current digital economy” will be a priority for his committee. Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Ted PoeTed PoeOvernight Tech: Dem presses Facebook on gun sales | Praise for new librarian of Congress | Fourth Amendment Caucus to push privacy concerns Overnight Cybersecurity: Guccifer 2.0 releases more DNC docs; China hacked banking regulator Texas lawmaker announces leukemia diagnosis MORE (R-Texas) and Suzan DelBeneSuzan DelBeneOvernight Tech: First on The Hill – Key senators team up against robocalls | Social media giants back revenge porn bill | Facebook's diversity numbers Overnight Tech: Feds pressed to review social media in background checks Small businesses and the woman card MORE (D-Wash.) have introduced legislation that would require police to obtain a warrant before accessing private online communications or mobile location data.

Tuesday’s hearing, which will be held by the subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations, will be a chance to discover other lawmakers’ opinions on the issue and whether law enforcement groups plan to push back aggressively on the proposal.

In other technology news, the House Judiciary’s subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet will hold a hearing on Wednesday afternoon to consider revising copyright law. Lawmakers will likely bring up the issue of cellphone unlocking, which allows owners to switch their device to a new carrier, as well as a broader look at the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, according to a committee aide.

It’s also another packed week of cybersecurity-related hearings, with three different congressional committees examining the issue.

On Tuesday, Mandiant CEO Kevin Mandia will brief the Senate Armed Service Committee’s subpanel on Emerging Threats and Capabilities about cyber threats the computer security firm is observing. The subcommittee will then hold a closed briefing with Stephanie O’Sullivan, principal deputy director of national intelligence, and Lt. General Jon Davis, deputy commander of U.S. Cyber Command.

The House Homeland Security Committee’s Cybersecurity subpanel will hold a Wednesday hearing that will cover the cyber threats stemming from Iran, China and Russia. The witnesses slated to testify are Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University; Richard Bejtlich, chief security officer at Mandiant; Ilan Berman, vice president of the American Foreign Policy Council; and Martin Libicki, senior management strategist at the RAND Corporation.

On Thursday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s subpanel on Emerging Threats will hear from Mandiant Chief Security Officer Richard Bejtlich and Coalition for a Prosperous America senior economist Greg Autry at a hearing that will examine the national security threat that cyberattacks pose.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday morning to examine the privacy issues surrounding domestic drone use.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold three days of hearings to examine regulation and taxation of health information technology, including smartphones and tablets.

The Association of National Advertisers will hold a two-day conference on advertising law and public policy. Sen. Mark PryorMark PryorCotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Top Democrats are no advocates for DC statehood MORE (D-Ark.) will give the opening remarks on Tuesday morning, Federal Trade Commission Commissioner Julie Brill will speak on Wednesday morning and Fadi Chehadé, the president and CEO of ICANN, will speak on Wednesday afternoon.

Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioAnalysis: Clinton speaks at higher grade level than Trump Trump poised to betray primary supporters on immigration Senate Dems' campaign arm knocks GOP for Trump support MORE (R-Fla.) and Ajit Pai, a Republican member of the Federal Communications Commission will speak at the Free State Foundation’s Telecom Policy Conference on Thursday.


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