Sen. Jay Rockefeller

White House Report on Big Data and Privacy Largely Ducks Surveillance Issue

There were no surprises in the highly anticipated release of the White House report on big data and privacy, especially since the most controversial conclusion—that big data could lead to discriminatory outcomes—was leaked to the press last weekend. 

Fandango, Credit Karma Settle FTC Charges in Data Security Case

The Federal Trade Commission continues to step up its data security enforcement in an attempt to stop data breaches before they harm consumers. On Friday, the agency announced Fandango and Credit Karma agreed to settle charges the companies misrepresented the security of their mobile apps.

Target Is Washington’s Poster Child for Data Breach Debate

Target is quickly becoming the poster child for Washington policymakers anxious to find a solution to curb the growing number of data breaches that steal and compromise the personal information of millions of consumers. 

Senator Blasts .Sucks as a Generic Top-Level Domain

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) thinks .sucks, one of hundreds of new generic top-level domains being considered for the Internet by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, should not be approved because it will undermine the credibility of Icann's gTLD expansion.

Senate Bill Targeting Patent Trolls on Fast Track

While patent reform advocates wait for the Senate Judiciary Committee to move a comprehensive bill to crack down on patent trolls, another bill providing some limited relief is moving fast in the Commerce Committee.

Influential Rep. John Dingell to Retire From Congress

The longest-serving lawmaker in congressional history, Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) announced Monday he is retiring at the end of the 113th Congress. He will have served 29 terms.

Senators Introduce Bill to Regulate Data Collection

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

Why Would Anyone Need to Update Facebook While Driving?

A Mazda Super Bowl ad showcasing the connected capabilities of its new cars became the poster child for distracted driving during a day-long summit held by the Senate commerce committee.

Senate Commerce Report Says Data Brokers ‘Operate Behind a Veil of Secrecy’ [Updated]

Today was Jerry Cerasale's last day as the head lobbyist for the Direct Marketing Association. It may also have been one of his least enjoyable.

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.