Overnight Tech: US, India to boost cyber threat sharing | House panel reviewing internet privacy rules | Another Dem questions FCC cable box plans

THE LEDE: President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a new framework for cooperation on cybersecurity issues on Tuesday.

"The leaders emphasized that cyberspace enables economic growth and development, and reaffirmed their commitment to an open, interoperable, secure, and reliable Internet, underpinned by the multistakeholder model of Internet governance," read a joint statement issued by the White House. "They committed to deepen cooperation on cybersecurity and welcomed the understanding reached to finalize the Framework for the U.S.-India Cyber Relationship in the near term."

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The two countries committed to sharing information related to cyber threats and to continue cooperating on law enforcement matters. They will also work to promote joint research opportunities, according to a White House fact sheet.

SILICON VALLEY AND MODI: Modi has hobnobbed with many in Silicon Valley -- where executives believe they can tap the Indian market. Google's CEO praised him before a visit to Silicon Valley last year. His most recent visitor was Apple CEO Tim Cook, who is hoping to increase Apple's share of the smartphone market in the country. He also has his own initiative to increase connectivity in India.

HOUSE PLANS HEARING ON FCC PRIVACY PLAN: The House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Communications and Technology will hold a hearing next Tuesday on FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's broadband privacy proposal.

"When the FCC overreaches, it's normally bad news for consumers and the economy," said subcommittee chairman Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.). "Consumers deserve to be protected and the FCC's privacy approach simply misses the mark. Next week's hearing will provide the opportunity to examine the consequences of the FCC's proposal to regulate ISPs under separate privacy rules from the rest of the Internet."

FLASHBACK: Walden and other members of committee leadership sent Wheeler a letter last week raising issues with the proposal. They are echoing industry arguments that having the FCC regulate privacy for internet service providers while the Federal Trade Commission regulates content providers will cause confusion for consumers.

MANCHIN RAISES CABLE BOX CONCERNS: Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinBriahna Joy Gray: Push toward major social spending amid pandemic was 'short-lived' Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Emissions heading toward pre-pandemic levels Biden discusses agenda with Schumer, Pelosi ahead of pivotal week MORE (D-W.V.) became the latest upper chamber Democrat to raise concerns about Wheeler's set-top box proposal. He said in a letter to Wheeler that he wanted the agency "to fully consider the effects of the proposed rule on consumer privacy and customer service to ensure the voices of all stakeholders are being considered before approving a final rule." He added: "While I share the goal of the Commission to bring more competition to the set-top box marketplace, I strongly encourage the Commission to fully consider the innovation and rapid evolution of the current market." Morning Consult has more here.

GET READY FOR THE CONGRESSIONAL APP CHALLENGE: The Congressional App Challenge, which allows students to show off their programming skills in the U.S. Capitol, will get underway next month and run until November. The Congressional Internet Caucus announced the third-annual competition. The challenge will be chaired by Reps. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Seth Moulton (D-Mass.).

ANOTHER WORRY FOR PRIVACY ADVOCATES: Privacy advocates have a long list of targets heading into a Senate markup of email privacy legislation on Thursday. The legislation would require law enforcement to get a warrant for any electronic communications.

But some amendments would provide exceptions that privacy advocates warn could expand the data available to law enforcement without warrants.

With nine amendments offered last month, one that could expand the scope of National Security Letters has received the most pushback. But other advocates, including American University Professor Jennifer Daskal, are hoping to reiterate their concerns with another amendment, which would require technology companies to hand over a customer's emails during an emergency.

CLINTON, SANDERS TIED IN GOOGLE INTEREST: The two Democratic candidates face off in tonight's California primary. Google says they're neck and neck among search users in the state. Fifty percent of the search interest was for Sanders, while the other half was interested in Clinton.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

The National Football League's Twitter account was apparently hacked on Tuesday afternoon when it posted false news that Commissioner Roger Goodell had died.

The technology chief at the Federal Trade Commission is calling on mobile carriers to boost their customer verification features after the official's mobile phone account was hijacked in Ohio a few weeks ago.

A House subcommittee will look to advance a bill this week that would give a government agency the power to target online scalpers who use computer programs to buy up swaths of tickets to live events.

Google and Facebook are spearheading an effort to block part of a major email privacy bill that they say would dangerously expand what data law enforcement can obtain without a warrant.

The FBI last month warned banks to be vigilant in the wake of the $81 million cyber heist at the Bangladesh central bank, Reuters reports.

A former IT aide responsible for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonAttorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation Durham seeking indictment of lawyer with ties to Democrats: reports Paul Ryan researched narcissistic personality disorder after Trump win: book MORE's private email server appears to be trying to keep the details of his immunity agreement with the FBI secret.

The FBI has asked a federal judge for permission to file a second secret declaration detailing its probe into Hillary Clinton's private email server.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on Tuesday formally relaunched its "Get Transcript Online" service, following last year's data breach that compromised the sensitive information of hundreds of thousands of taxpayers.

 

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