Rep. Ed Markey

Markey Not Seeing Magic in Disney MagicBand

Congressional privacy hawk Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) isn't quite seeing the magic in Disney's new MyMagic+ system, which leverages mobile apps and a radio frequency-enabled (RFID) bracelet called a MagicBand that can serve as a credit card, room key, parking ticket and other functions.

FTC Launches Probe of Data Broker Privacy Practices

Last week's Congressional Bipartisan Privacy Caucus briefing on data brokers and privacy must have left quite an impression on Federal Trade Commission chairman Jon Leibowitz, who opened a probe today to study the privacy practices of the data broker industry.

Lawmakers Come Up Short in Data Broker Probe

Data brokers, both online and offline, are fast becoming the latest privacy bogeymen on the Hill. But pinning down what a data broker is and determining if its consumer data collection violates consumer privacy may not be so easy.

New Government Report Calls for Rules on Mobile Tracking

A new report from the Government Accountability Office today is giving privacy advocates another opportunity to press for new laws that could potentially limit the promise of mobile advertising.

Lawmakers Open Data Broker Probe

A bipartisan group of eight lawmakers opened a probe today into the privacy practices of data brokers, companies that compile databases of consumers and then sell them to third parties, including marketers.

Facebook Skirts Lawmakers’ Questions About Kiddie Version

If Facebook is working on a way for kids ages 12 and younger to join the social networking site, it's keeping those plans close to the vest. Not even a query from congressional privacy hawks Reps. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Joe Barton (R-Tex.) could get the company to respond to a series of questions about how Facebook would handle child users or if it would target advertising to them.

Law Enforcement Mobile Phone Requests Raise Privacy Concerns in Washington

Is tracking consumers across the Internet more or less frightening than law enforcement's habit of requesting personal data from mobile phone carriers? An eye-popping 1.3 million requests were made for the cell phone records of consumers last year by police agencies, according to data compiled by Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.).

Congressional Privacy Hawks Question Facebook for Kids

When The Wall Street Journal broke the news that Facebook was developing technology to let kids under 13 use the social networking site, it was only a matter of time—one day, to be exact—before congressional privacy hawks swooped in requesting

FCC Fines Google for Impeding Investigation

The Federal Communications Commission late Friday proposed slapping Google with a $25,000 fine for impeding the commission’s investigation into whether the data it collected from consumers via its Street Views product violated the Communications Act.

FCC Process Reform Bill Passes House

Dems put up a vigorous attack of the GOP's bill to reform how the Federal Communications Commission conducts its rulemaking process and reviews mergers, but they couldn't get the votes to defeat the bill, which passed the House 247-174, with 12 Democrats joining the GOP.