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Are the Feds Still Tracking Your GPS? One Senator Wants to Know

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The Supreme Court thought it settled the issue in January, but the debate over warrantless GPS searches won't go away.  Now, one U.S. senator is concerned that the Department of Justice hasn't fully scaled back its searches and may be subpoenaing ISPs for the GPS data it can no...
Are the Feds Still Tracking Your GPS? One Senator Wants to Know

Senator Wyden Lays Out Broad Internet Freedom Agenda, Warns Against 'Maximalist' Agenda That Harms Innovation

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This morning at CES, Senator Ron Wyden laid out a broad and detailed agenda for how Congress can and should promote internet freedom and increase innovation -- mainly by focusing on knocking down the barriers presented by legacy players who don't want to adapt or compete. Among other things, he...
Senator Wyden Lays Out Broad Internet Freedom Agenda, Warns Against 'Maximalist' Agenda That Harms Innovation

Would anyone else vote (and possibly campaign furiously) for Al Franken if he ran for president?

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Would anyone else vote (and possibly campaign furiously) for Al Franken if he ran for president?
Senator Al Franken doesn't believe AT&T should be able to charge extra for FaceTime

SF ad:tech – Your data is all fun and games until someone wants to make money

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This post is part of a series sponsored by Internet Explorer 9. Learn more here. Missed the tweet and just now seeing this post? Pin this page in IE9 to see all of the content as it happens. I’m here at the ad:tech conference in San Francisco and one...
SF ad:tech – Your data is all fun and games until someone wants to make money

Apple and Other Mobile App Distributors Agree to New Privacy Policy Notification Standards

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The California Attorney General's office today announced that Apple, Google, and other companies running mobile app marketplaces have agreed to implement new standards for notifying users of privacy policies associated with apps offered in their stores. The provisions will require that developers of apps that collect personal information include privacy...
Apple and Other Mobile App Distributors Agree to New Privacy Policy Notification Standards

Facebook Instant Personalization Protested By EFF, MoveOn.org

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MoveOn.org added a Facebook group petition page to protest Facebook's instant personalization tool. The Electronic Frontier Foundation put up a timeline showing the social network company's regression in privacy practices. The protests by the EFF and MoveOn.org come just days after U.S. Senators Charles Schumer, Michael Bennet, Al Franken and...
Facebook Instant Personalization Protested By EFF, MoveOn.org

Apple Requires User Permission Before Apps Can Access Personal Data in iOS 6

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Earlier this year, Apple came under fire from consumers advocates and Congress after it was discovered that apps, most notably Path, were uploading users' entire address books to their servers without alerting users or asking for authorization. Path deleted the information, but a pair of U.S. Congressmen sent a letter...
Apple Requires User Permission Before Apps Can Access Personal Data in iOS 6
DOJ probe investigates whether cable companies are unfairly capping online video
Privacy laws can't handle new wave of commercial drones, Senate hearing concludes

GAO report: Wireless consumers don't know how location data is shared

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A study released Thursday by the Government Accountability Office suggests that the government could do more to protect consumer privacy when it comes to mobile device location data. The report, which was requested by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), concludes wireless companies are not fully explaining how they use location data...
GAO report: Wireless consumers don't know how location data is shared

Facial regonition tech is rocketing ahead of laws that can control it

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"Many Americans don't realize they're already in a facial recognition database," Jennifer Lynch, a staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said Wednesday in a hearing on the technology. Addressing Senator Al Franken and the Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law, Lynch pointed out that there is a painful...
Facial regonition tech is rocketing ahead of laws that can control it

Verizon’s cable spectrum mash up: Evil genius or simply genius?

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U.S. Senator Al Franken finds the deal "troubling." Congress is eyeing the competitive implications of Verizon’s $4 billion deals to buy spectrum from the cable companies, hoping to understand how the deals could affect both wireless and wireline markets. Much like those of us at GigaOM, some in the Senate are...
Verizon’s cable spectrum mash up: Evil genius or simply genius?
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Sen. Franken slams Comcast for potentially anti-competitive behavior, demands improved oversight

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Media concentration and Net Neutrality are two issues that Comcast is constantly in the middle of, given its role as a leading ISP, cable provider, and content originator. The company is at the crossroads of the delivery and creation of media, and the rules that dictate what constitutes anti-competitive behavior....
Sen. Franken slams Comcast for potentially anti-competitive behavior, demands improved oversight

Google's Heart Warming Videos Supporting Marriage Equality Laws This Election

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Google continues its election tradition of supporting gay marriage with a heart-string-tugging new video of Googlers confessing what equality means to them. “TheFour2012” alerts voters to initiatives in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington and provides opportunities to support campaigns in each state (Main Maryland, and Washington will approve equality, Minnesota’s...
Google's Heart Warming Videos Supporting Marriage Equality Laws This Election

Senator Al Franken on Facebook and Google: “You are not their client, you are their product”

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United States Senator Al Franken spoke to the American Bar Association last night on the topic of antitrust laws in the US and had some interesting thoughts throughout his speech. He started out by talking about general antitrust issues that most of us know about, like having the option to...
Senator Al Franken on Facebook and Google: “You are not their client, you are their product”

Let Your Senator Know Right Now That You Are Watching If They'll Vote To Protect Privacy

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On Friday, we mentioned that this week is the week in which the Senate will wrangle over the new Cybersecurity bill. The current bill has some privacy safeguards, but not nearly enough. Senators Al Franken and Rand Paul have put together an amendment to strengthen the privacy safeguards even more...
Let Your Senator Know Right Now That You Are Watching If They'll Vote To Protect Privacy

FTC: Companies should limit facial recognition in some cases

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Web companies using facial recognition technology should avoid identifying anonymous images of consumers to someone who could not otherwise identify them, unless the companies have the consumers' consent, a U.S. Federal Trade Commission report said. Companies using facial recognition software should also obtain consumer consent before using images or...
FTC: Companies should limit facial recognition in some cases

Next Week: The Senate Fights Over Whether It Can Take Away Your Online Privacy

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If you haven't been keeping up on all the politics of the cybersecurity bill fight over the past few weeks, a new bill was recently introduced that at least had some improvements concerning privacy (though it still had lots of problems). Yesterday, the Senate basically made it clear that they're...
Next Week: The Senate Fights Over Whether It Can Take Away Your Online Privacy
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Is it Time for Facebook to Make Opt-Out the Default?

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Facebook's Open Graph API is getting some negative attention in Washington today. Four democratic U.S. senators, Charles Schumer, Michael Bennet, Mark Begich and Al Franken, sent a letter to Facebook's founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg earlier this morning, asking for clarification about the privacy implications of Facebook's latest initiatives. Specifically,...
Is it Time for Facebook to Make Opt-Out the Default?

Congress's New 'Apps Act' Could Change How You Use Your Mobile Phone Forever

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Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) has published a draft of his proposed "Apps Act," which if enacted will govern advertising, user privacy and data tracking on mobile phones. The area is currently mostly unregulated. The act has sympathizers elsewhere in Congress, as Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) also wants some kind of...
Congress's New 'Apps Act' Could Change How You Use Your Mobile Phone Forever

The Lengths Cable Companies Will Go to Sell You a Bundle of Shit You Don’t Need

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(Photo: sorryalltheclevernamesaretaken) Anyone that’s ever had the pleasure of a telephonic interaction with their unfriendly, corporate cable and broadband provider knows just how invested they are in upselling. Calling because you’re cable box stopped working for no discernable reason? Well, how would you like add a landline while you wait....
The Lengths Cable Companies Will Go to Sell You a Bundle of Shit You Don’t Need
Is Comcast prioritizing its Xfinity app over competitors like Netflix?
Al Franken asks Department of Justice for answers on phone GPS tracking

How much is each Facebook user worth?

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Facebook’s latest valuation just reached over $100 billion, and for some reason that struck a chord with me, especially considering the number of users on Facebook. So, just because it’s an interesting thing to think about and not a serious calculation, we decided to do some math: We reported earlier today that the last auction of...
How much is each Facebook user worth?
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Social purpose corporations: Good business can now do good

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(Flickr photo via JMRosenfeld) We all know that entrepreneurs and investors in startups hope to make money.  Conveniently, the traditional corporate form allows that.  In fact, directors of traditional corporations are required to base decisions on just one thing:  maximizing financial return to shareholders. In the words of Al Franken,...
Social purpose corporations: Good business can now do good
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