Sen. Ed Markey

Lawmakers Call for Examination of Hate Speech in Media

Reacting to Sunday's hate crime at two Jewish centers in Kansas City, Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) introduced today a bill to update the government's 20-year-old report on hate speech in the media.

Senators Introduce Bill to Limit E-Cigarette Marketing to Kids and Teens

Worried that e-cigarettes are taking the same marketing path as conventional cigarettes, a group of Democratic senators introduced legislation today that would prohibit the marketing of them to children and teens.

Senators Introduce Bill to Regulate Data Collection

Commerce chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Sen.

Congressional Dems Introduce Bill to Restore FCC’s Open Internet Rules

The debate over net neutrality in Washington is just getting started. Just days after President Obama pledged during a Google+ hangout that he supported net neutrality, Democrats rallied in Congress to put some legislation behind his words. 

A Look at Some of the Key Media Bills Being Introduced

Congress is winding down for the year, making it highly unlikely that any new laws will get passed; even nominations are having a tough time. There is still a question of whether the Senate, out the first week in December, will be able to vote on the nomination of Terrell McSweeny for an open slot on the Federal Trade Commission. But that doesn’t mean pols will sit on their hands.

Facebook Goes Ahead With Updates to Data Use Policy

Facebook went ahead Friday with edits to its data use policy that the social network says really changes nothing about its advertising and policy practices.

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.

Facebook Relaxes Privacy Policy for Teens

Facebook's new relaxed privacy policy for teenagers probably won't go over very well with privacy advocates in Washington and lawmakers like Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), a persistent advocate for tighter online privacy protections for teens.

Cross-Device Tracking Could Be Next Privacy Target in DC

The relatively new practice of tracking consumers across their digital devices in order to serve up more relevant advertising is beginning to draw scrutiny among Washington policymakers.

Sen. Rockefeller Talks Privacy With Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg was in Washington to push immigration reform, but when he got to the office of Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), he was confronted with questions about Facebook's privacy policies. Following his meeting with Zuckerberg Thursday, Rockefeller tweeted out that he told the Facebook CEO that protecting consumer privacy for users must be his company's priority.