OVERNIGHT TECH: Data-theft hearing draws government officials

DATA-THEFT HEARING TO DRAW TOP GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS: A data-theft hearing at the House Energy and Commerce Manufacturing subcommittee will include top government officials as witnesses on Wednesday. The hearing follows data breaches for Sony customers that allowed hackers to access personal information from millions of users. 

Testifying, Panel I: David Vladeck, the director of the consumer protection bureau at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and Pablo Martinez, the deputy special agent in charge in the criminal investigation division of the U.S. Secret Service. 

Testifying, Panel II: The director of the consumer privacy project at the Center for Democracy and Technology and Gene Spafford, executive director of a security research center at Purdue University. 

Not testifying: Sony

BACKDROP: Chairwoman Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) is preparing legislation to enhance data privacy protections. She wrote to Sony on Friday with ranking member G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) to question the company about the breach. Responses are due close of business Tuesday. 

Sony looks for help: The Wall Street Journal reports that Sony's internal investigation has drawn on the expertise of several security firms. 

ALSO WEDNESDAY — CCIA SUMMIT: The Computer Communications and Information Association, a trade group that includes Google, Yahoo and Microsoft, holds a summit at the Newseum this week with lots of congressional participants. That includes Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.). 

Netflix CEO predicts 'we will have a gigabit to the home': Via TechCrunch, CEO Reed Hastings said, " 'We took out our spreadsheets and we figured we’d get 14 megabits/sec to the home by 2012, which turns out is about what we will get.' So what does his spreadsheet tell him about the next 10 years? 'If you drag it out to 2021, we will all have a gigabit to the home.' " 

CMS relaxes telemedicine rules: Via The Hill's Healthwatch, "The agency that oversees Medicare issued new rules Monday that it said will make it easier for hospitals to use new technology when treating patients. The regulations relax the process for using certain types of electronic communication, usually to connect doctors from large hospitals with patients in smaller, more remote hospitals. The smaller hospitals can now rely on data from the larger facilities when giving doctors permission to practice via an electronic connection, as opposed to conducting their own credentialing process." 

Comcast profit rises on NBC purchase: Bloomberg reports, "Comcast, the largest U.S. cable company, reported an increase in first-quarter revenue and profit with the addition of broadband subscribers and the completion of a deal for control of NBC Universal." 


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