Blind Users Celebrate as Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Bill Drops

Today the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Bill was introduced into Congress by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Bob Corker (R-TN), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT). The bill implements the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for…

Senators Introduce New Bill to Protect Digital Privacy at the Border

Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Steve Daines (R-MT) introduced a new bill (S. 2462) that would better protect the privacy of travelers whose electronic devices—like cell phones and laptops—are searched and seized by border agents. While the new bill doesn’t require a probable cause warrant…

Senators Pressure Platforms for Private Censorship of Drug Information

Last month Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), John Kennedy (R-La.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) separately wrote to Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and Pinterest accusing them of facilitating trade in illegal narcotics and prescription drugs. The near-identical letters demand that each of the recipients: consider…

Senators Introduce Bill to Limit Device Searches at the Border

Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Steve Daines (R-MT) have introduced a bill that would place restrictions on searches and seizures of electronic devices at the border. The bill sets out detailed procedures for seizing electronic devices, including a warrant requirement prior to inspection of the…

Republican DACA Bill Would Expand Use of Drones, Biometrics

The Secure and Succeed Act (S. Amdt. 1959 to H.R. 2579), sponsored by several Republican Senators, would link DACA with hi-tech border surveillance. Customs and Border Protection would use facial recognition and other biometric technologies to inspect travelers, both US citizens and non-citizens, at airports….

The CLOUD Act: A Dangerous Expansion of Police Snooping on Cross-Border Data

This week, Senators Hatch, Graham, Coons, and Whitehouse introduced a bill that diminishes the data privacy of people around the world. The Clarifying Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act expands American and foreign law enforcement’s ability to target and access people’s data across international borders…

Following EPIC Letter, 31 Senators Demand Answers from CFPB on Equifax Investigation

A group of 31 Senators wrote to Acting Director Leandra English and Director Mick Mulvaney of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau about the agency’s failure to pursue the probe of the 2017 Equifax breach. The Senators wrote that “the CFPB has a clear duty to…

Senators Urge FTC to Investigate Companies Selling Social Media Influence

Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) wrote Federal Trade Commission Acting Chair Maureen Ohlhausen to urge the FTC to investigate companies that use fraudulent automated accounts to influence social media. The techniques, known as “amplification bots,” follow, retweet, and like social media content…

Senators Warren and Warner Introduce Bill To Hold Credit Reporting Agencies Accountable

consumer privacy data breach testimony Senators Warren and Warner Introduce Bill To Hold Credit Reporting Agencies Accountable Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Mark Warner (D-VA) have introduced legislation to hold credit reporting agencies accountable for data breaches. The Data Breach Prevention and Compensation Act establishes…

Senators Warren and Warner Introduce Bill To Hold Credit Reporting Agencies Accountable

consumer data breach testimony Senators Warren and Warner Introduce Bill To Hold Credit Reporting Agencies Accountable Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Mark Warner (D-VA) have introduced legislation to hold credit reporting agencies accountable for data breaches. The Data Breach Prevention and Compensation Act establishes an…

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