Rep. Joe Barton

Markey, Barton Bring Back Do Not Track Kids Bill

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) aren't giving up on passing legislation to extend online and mobile privacy protections to teens 13 to 15. On Thursday, the privacy duo, along with Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), re-introduced the Do Not Track Kids Act.

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.

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

Lawmakers Praise Twitter, but Have Questions Too

Twitter scored a lot of points in Washington recently when it publicly came out in support of the government's Do Not Track policy recommendation for Web companies. But that doesn't mean the social networking and micro-blogging company can rest easy.

Pols to Google: Wrong Answers

Google was quick to respond to a letter sent to it last week from eight House members, dashing off a 13-pager outlining and explaining its updated privacy policy. But perhaps the search giant should have taken a little more time (it had until Feb.