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.
Rep. Joe Barton
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.