Overnight Tech: Franken questions Pokemon Go on privacy | FCC grilled on set-top box plans | House votes to boost Obama's tech fellows program

LEDE: Pokemon Go has caught the nation's attention and garnered millions of downloads. Now its privacy policy is getting a closer look.

Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenElection Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls #MeToo era shows there's almost never only one accuser, says Hill.TV's Krystal Ball Hypocrisy in Kavanaugh case enough to set off alarms in DC MORE (D-Minn.) sent a letter to the game's developer, Niantic, expressing concern about its collection of users information and asking if there is a way to make that collection opt-in by default.

ADVERTISEMENT

The company updated the app Tuesday so that it no longer requests full access to a person's Gmail account. But like other apps, it can still collect location information, IP addresses, and web pages visited immediately before using the app.  

A privacy letter from Franken puts the app in prestigious company. The senator has questioned a who's who of major tech companies on their practices, including Oculus, Google, Samsung, Uber, Lyft.

NO MORE ACCENT FOR POKEMON: Readers may see the normal accent in "Pokemon Go" omitted from news articles that follow AP Style. The AP decided on Tuesday that the game should have no accent and include quotation marks around it.

TALENT ACT PASSES: The House on Tuesday passed a Republican-led bill that would put the force of law into a tech fellows program started by President Obama. The Talent Act, backed by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), would protect the Presidential Innovation Fellows Program for the long term. The program, started in 2012, hires tech experts from the private sector to work short terms of service throughout the government. It passed 409-8.

"Why is it that we expect more technology from our phones every month yet tolerate the exact same from our government year after year after year?" McCarthy asked, when talking about why the bill is necessary.

Please send your tips, comments and stray observations to David McCabe (dmccabe@thehill.com) and Mario Trujillo (mtrujillo@thehill.com) and follow us on Twitter: @dmccabe@_mariotrujillo and @HilliconValley.

SET-TOP BOX CONCERNS AT HEARING: All five FCC commissioners joined the House Energy and Commerce Committee's tech subcommittee on Tuesday, where they faced questions about Chairman Wheeler's contentious set-top box item. Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump questions Kavanaugh accuser's account | Accuser may testify Thursday | Midterm blame game begins The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh, accuser say they’re prepared to testify The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh and his accuser will testify publicly MORE (R-Tenn.) went down the line with several yes-or-no questions about what the commissioners thought of the order. Notably, Democrat Mignon Clyburn -- a necessary vote for any of Wheeler's controversial items -- said she thought the proposal needed some work.

Asked about the copyright implications of the proposal, Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel offered this: "My office has met with the copyright office and I know that the copyright office has expressed concern about just what you describe, so I think that more work is necessary on our part."

ALSO ON THE DOCKET: There were also questions about Wheeler's privacy proposal, his recent media ownership rules update and the Lifeline program. Watch the whole thing here.

COMCAST TEAMS WITH HUD TO CONNECT POOR: The Department of Housing and Urban Development is teaming up with Comcast to announce a "major expansion" of the internet service provider's program that offers low-cost monthly service to low-income families. The government and company are hosting a conference call on Thursday to announce the expansion. The program has been used by at least 600,000 families, according to Comcast.

HEALTH APPS HEARING TOMORROW, BUT NO NEWT: The Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee of House Energy and Commerce will hold a hearing tomorrow on mobile health applications. It features witnesses from the healthcare industry and academia, but there's a notable absence. As we reported last week, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was originally scheduled to testify before the panel but cancelled because of a scheduling conflict. Gingrich, of course, is among the people being vetted as a potential vice presidential candidate for presumptive Republican nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHannity urges Trump not to fire 'anybody' after Rosenstein report Ben Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate MORE.

 

ON TAP:

At 11 a.m., a group of lawmakers plan to launch the "Fourth Amendment Caucus."

 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

A group of senators launched a new caucus to promote broadband deployment on Tuesday.

Intel's CEO says he canceled a planned meeting with Donald Trump because it "turned into a fundraiser," according to Bloomberg.

Lawmakers on Tuesday sparred over the Federal Communications Commission's Lifeline subsidy program, which pays for internet and phone service for low-income Americans.

Online lenders are pleading with lawmakers for time and patience as they attempt to solve one of finance's most stubborn issues.

The U.S. Holocaust Museum is telling visitors to stop playing the wildly popular Pokémon Go game, according to a new report.

Microsoft says it has patched a "critical" security flaw that affected all versions of its Windows software dating back years.

Google notifies customers of 4,000 state-sponsored cyber attacks a month, an executive said at a conference Thursday.