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October 31, 2014

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October 31, 2014

Friday Q&A: CDT’s Chris Calabrese

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Chris Calabrese, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union at the time, testifies at a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on the future of unmanned aviation on January 15, 2014. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Tech companies and public interest groups have been calling for an update of the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). Technocrat talked with Chris Calabrese, who previously worked at the American Civil Liberties Union lobbying on privacy issues and now is senior policy director the Center for Democracy & Technology, about the details of the law.

He said the 1986 law stemmed from a concern that third parties were beginning to retain increasing amounts of communications and information on individuals and that according to the Supreme Court, it didn’t have Fourth Amendment protection.

In starting to grapple with that in the 1980s, ECPA was their solution, he said.

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October 27, 2014

The Week Ahead: Yelp’s CEO, Cybersecurity & Identity Theft

Events on cybersecurity and identity theft are on tap this week and Yelp’s Jeremy Stoppelman stops by 1776.

Monday

The State Educational Technology Directors Association and the National Association of State Boards of Education host a day-long education technology event.

Tuesday

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a day-long cybersecurity forum.

The Progressive Policy Institute hosts an event on wireless policy.

Wednesday

The Identity Theft Resource Center hosts an event related to a survey they’re releasing on the impacts of identity theft on victims.

Thursday

Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy & Technology hosts a day-long event on the Privacy Act and the 1974 amendments to the Freedom of Information Act.

1776 hosts a discussion with Jeremy Stoppelman, co-founder and chief executive officer of Yelp.

October 24, 2014

Weekly Wrapup: Spectrum Incentive Auction, ECPA & Online Sales Tax Bill

Among some of the news in tech policy this week: the Federal Communications Commission announced a delay of the spectrum incentive auction as well as a pause on its 180-day review of the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable and AT&T-DirecTV transactions. In case you missed it, Technocrat had posts on Sen. Orrin G. Hatch‘s call for enactment of legislation targeting abusive patent litigation and changes to electronic privacy law next Congress as well as the state of play on the online sales tax bill.

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October 21, 2014

Hatch Calls for ECPA, ‘Patent Troll’ Legislation in Next Congress

 

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Sen. Orrin Hatch the leaves the Senate side carriage entrance of the Capitol. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

In prepared remarks for a speech Tuesday detailing a wide-ranging “innovation agenda” for the next Congress, Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, called for enactment of legislation targeting abusive patent litigation as well as changes to electronic privacy law.

In his written remarks for a speech at Overstock.com in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Utah Republican said about a patent litigation bill: “I intend to do everything in my power next Congress to pass such legislation.”

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October 20, 2014

The Week Ahead: ‘Right to Be Forgotten,’ Net Neutrality and Cybersecurity

Events on the “right to be forgotten,” net neutrality are cybersecurity are on tap for this week.

Monday

Georgetown University holds a panel event on the “right to be forgotten.”

Tuesday

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai holds a net neutrality forum at Texas A&M University.

Wednesday

The Atlantic Council hosts an event on the current landscape of cyber threats.

Microsoft hosts a panel discussion on cybersecurity and state and local governments.

The Brookings Institution holds a panel discussion on the 1934 Communications Act.

Thursday

The George Washington University Law School holds an event on net neutrality and global Internet freedom.

October 17, 2014

Weekly Wrapup: Encryption, Patent Office and Robots

FBI Director James B. Comey’s remarks on encryption and law enforcement access to data, the nomination of Michelle K. Lee to head the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and a Q&A on robots and the law were among the highlights from the last few days. Check out the Mid-Week Catchup for happenings from earlier this week.

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October 15, 2014

How Should the Government Approach Self-Driving Cars?

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An interior view of a Google self-driving car is seen in Mountain View, California, on May 13, 2014. (GLENN CHAPMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

When thinking about possible privacy and security-related regulation of intelligent vehicle technologies, the Mercatus Center’s Adam Thierer wants to see voluntary best practices along with evolving common law, as opposed to passing laws he contends could quickly become outdated.

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October 10, 2014

Weekly Recap: Net Neutrality, Mobile ‘Cramming’ and a Spacewalk

Among the highlights in happenings from the past few days: President Barack Obama talked net neutrality, AT&T Mobility agreed to a $105 million settlement over mobile “cramming” allegations, and an astronaut popular on Twitter took his first spacewalk outside the International Space Station. That and more news highlights as well as some Technocrat posts are below. For happenings from earlier this week, check out the Mid-Week Catchup.

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October 8, 2014

Mid-Week Catchup: Twitter’s Lawsuit, Student Data Privacy & AT&T’s Data Breach

Need to catch up on what’s happened in tech policy news over the past day or so? A few highlights include Twitter’s lawsuit against the federal government, student data privacy and an AT&T data breach.

  • The Software & Information Industry Association and the Future of Privacy Forum released an education privacy pledge on student data, with Microsoft and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt among the companies that signed on.  A few stories point out that some big name companies did not sign on, like Apple, Google and Pearson.

October 2, 2014

Tech Subcommittee Chairmen Vulnerable in November

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Lee Terry, R-Neb., participates in a House Energy and Commerce Committee Communications and Technology Subcommittee hearing on Tuesday July 10, 2012. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The November elections are just around the corner, and among Roll Call’s lists of most vulnerable lawmakers are chairman of a few subcommittees with jurisdiction over tech issues.

Among the 10 most vulnerable House members is Nebraska Republican Lee Terry. He’s chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, which has jurisdiction over certain tech issues. Terry’s bill targeting “patent troll” demand letters was marked up by the subcommittee in July.

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