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06/11/2013
“You can’t have 100 percent security and also then have 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience” These words were part of a statement made by President Obama in San Jose regarding revelations of data gathering to support anti-terrorism efforts. “We’re going to have to make some choices as a society.” With these words the President framed the debate over the sweeping and scouring of phone logs and emails by U.S. intelligence services as part of Prism. We’ve all heard about it and hopefully thought about it. It isn’t quite a cover-up since the effort has congressional oversight and the tacit...
05/14/2013
Companies from around the world are gathering in Berlin in response to the possibility the EU may enact the toughest personal data privacy regulations anywhere. The multi-nationals are concerned since anywhere may easily morph into everywhere. The debate weighs an individual’s rights with respect to the portability and outright withholding of personal data against the desire, if not the need by corporations to leverage that data for commercial purposes. Though relatively early in the process, the measure has grown quite complex, while members of the European Union Parliament remain at odds...
05/13/2013
An FTC sting operation has revealed what the agency believes to be violations of the Fair Credit reporting Act (FCRA) . Warning etters have been sent to 10 out of 45 data brokering companies involved in the test-shopping procedure conducted by FTC staff members posing as companies or individuals seeking data related to the credit worthiness, insurability or potential employment of consumers. The FTC sent the letters in conjunction with an international privacy practice compliance sweep run by the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN).>Complete Federal Trade Commission Release
05/13/2013
The hasty passing (69-27) by the U.S. Senate of the Marketplace Fairness Act has aroused the ire and concern of The American Catalog Mailers Association and the Direct Marketing Association. The bill compels remote sellers to collect and remit sales tax to relevant state and local jurisdictions including more than 500 Indian tribes. The measure is now headed for the House, whose members the ACMA and DMA will visit, expressing their concerns over issues of fairness to medium and small catalog and internet businesses while offering alternative solutions. In fact, the ACMA and DMA will be...
04/20/2013
Bowing to an onslaught of criticism regarding changes to the Consumer Fraud and Abuse Act, the House subcommittee that was about to vote on a reform of the bill has set it aside until further notice. At stake according to internet activist individuals and organizations is the fundamental nature of everyone's right to use the internet free from the prospect of draconian criminal measures (as in, cruel and unusual punishment) for use deemed "harmful" by service providers and employers.While not advocating for anarchy or truly unlawful use and behavior, the activist community intends to prevent...
04/20/2013
A political game of hot potato has come to a head, if not a conclusion with the USPS Board of Governors voting to prohibit the cessation of mail delivery on Saturday, as proposed by Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe last February to trim $2 billion from the USPS operating deficit.Shortly after Donahoe made the recommendation, Congress effectively cut the legs out from under it by passing a Continuing Resolution funding the USPS as long as it maintained 1984 levels of service, which of course includes Saturday mail delivery (packages are excepted). The rationale for the Board's decision is...

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