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OVERNIGHT TECH: Senate Judiciary approves data privacy, security bills

THE LEDE: The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a trio of data security and privacy bills over objections from Republicans including Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyOn The Money: Biden says workers can't turn down job and get benefits | Treasury launches state and local aid | Businesses jump into vax push Grassley criticizes Biden's proposal to provide IRS with B The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Infrastructure, Cheney ouster on deck as Congress returns MORE (Iowa) at Thursday's markup. The bills offered by Democratic Sens. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinIf you want Julie Su at the DOL, don't point to her resume Senate Democrats push Biden over raising refugee cap Lawmakers react to guilty verdict in Chauvin murder trial: 'Our work is far from done' MORE (Calif.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) and Chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahySenate Democrats push Biden over raising refugee cap On The Money: Democratic scramble complicates Biden's human infrastructure plan | Progressives push on student debt relief No designated survivor chosen for Biden's joint address to Congress MORE (Vt.) all require firms to take precautions to safeguard personal data collected from consumers.

Grassley warned the bills could result in over-notification that would de-sensitize consumers to the threat of identity theft. He also argued the bills were more burdensome than past data breach notification legislation approved by the panel and said they could encumber small businesses. Leahy will likely huddle with his colleages to formulate a consolidated bill to send to the Senate floor.

Bachmann accuses Obama of "crony capitalism" over LightSquared: Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannBoehner says he voted for Trump, didn't push back on election claims because he's retired Boehner: Trump 'stepped all over their loyalty' by lying to followers Boehner finally calls it as he sees it MORE (Minn.) accused President Obama of overlooking national security to help wireless start-up LightSquared in an open letter on her congressional website Thursday. LightSquared plans to launch a wholesale wireless broadband service, but tests earlier this year revealed its network interferes with Global Positioning System (GPS) devices, which are considered critical to public safety. Bachmann accused the administration of trying to pressure Air Force Gen. William Shelton into changing his congressional testimony to say the GPS interference issues could be mitigated.

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Rep. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeVictims' relatives hold Capitol Hill meetings to push police reform Democrats debate timing and wisdom of reparations vote House panel approves bill to set up commission on reparations MORE (D-Texas) will host a panel discussion on increasing the number of African-Americas in the technology industry at Washington Convention Center as part of the Congressional Black Caucus's annual leadership conference.

The Federal Register will publish the Federal Communications Commission's net-neutrality rules on Friday, meaning they will officially take effect on Nov. 20. The rules prevent Internet service providers from discriminating between two similar content providers, and are expected to draw legal challenges.

Groups push for online copyright bill: A coalition of 359 firms and organizations led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce wrote to every member of Congress on Thursday asking them to pass the Protect IP Act, which would broaden the government's authority to pursue online copyright violators. The bill is currently on hold in the Senate over concerns from Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenOn The Money: Job openings jump to record high of 8.1 million | Wyden opposes gas tax hike | Airlines feel fuel crunch Green future needs to be built with union jobs and prevailing wage Wyden: Funding infrastructure with gas tax hike a 'big mistake' MORE (D-Ore.) that its provisions are too broad and could infringe on free speech.

Senators ask OnStar to change privacy policy: Sens. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenMaher chides Democrats: We 'suck the fun out of everything' Why Caitlyn Jenner should not be dismissed #MeWho? The hypocritical silence of Kamala Harris MORE (D-Minn.) and Chris CoonsChris Andrew CoonsBiden to go one-on-one with Manchin US, Iran signal possible breakthroughs in nuke talks How the United States can pass Civics 101 MORE (D-Del.) on Thursday urged OnStar to reconsider changes to its privacy policy that would allow the navigation provider to continue tracking the location of vehicles even after users cancel their service. OnStar sent emails to its customers last week notifying them of the changes to the company's policies. The senators said OnStar's actions underscore the need for new privacy laws to protect sensitive information such as consumers' location.

FCC seeks input on 911 upgrade: The FCC voted Thursday to seek public comments on ways to modernize 911 technology, in an effort to enable 911 call centers to accept emergency texts, photos and videos. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski explained that photos and videos from the scene of an emergency can help officials respond more effectively, noting that Virginia Tech students tried to send texts to 911 during the 2007 shootings there but dispatchers were unable to accept the messages.

Antitrust chief denies AT&T lawsuit is a tactic: The chief of the Justice Department's Antitrust Division denied Thursday that her agency's lawsuit to block the merger of AT&T and T-Mobile is a negotiating tactic, Dow Jones reports.

"I wouldn't call it a preemptive lawsuit of any kind," said Sharis Pozen, the acting assistant attorney general for the Antitrust Division, during an event at Georgetown University Law Center.

Pozen said the government's antitrust objections to the $39 billion merger "couldn't be clearer."

FCC says Cablevision must license MSG: The FCC also ruled Thursday that the firm that controls both Cablevision and the Madison Square Garden channel must license the MSG and MSG HD channels to competing services from Verizon and AT&T. Both firms cheered the announcement.

HP names Meg Whitman CEO: Hewlett Packard named former California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman its new CEO Thursday, replacing just-fired Leo Apotheker. Meg Whitman led eBay before losing her bid for the California governorship to Democrat Jerry Brown last year. The New York Times notes Whitman was a prolific dealmaker at eBay, making about 40 deals worth more than $9.6 billion.

"We are at a critical moment and we need renewed leadership to successfully implement our strategy and take advantage of the market opportunities ahead," said Ray Lane, chairman of HP's board of directors. “Meg is a technology visionary with a proven track record of execution. She is a strong communicator who is customer focused with deep leadership capabilities. Furthermore, as a member of HP’s board of directors for the past eight months, Meg has a solid understanding of our products and markets.”

Hillicon on TV: Yours truly will be the reporter on Saturday's edition of C-SPAN's "The Communicators," airing at 6:30 p.m. The show's topic is the Google antitrust hearing, and will feature author and frequent Google critic Scott Cleland along with David Balto of the Center for American Progress.

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