Sen. Jay Rockefeller

Government Report Calls For Comprehensive Privacy Law

A new report on consumer privacy from the Government Accountability Office concludes that there ought to be a comprehensive federal law governing the collection, use and sale of personal information by companies since there currently is none.

Rockefeller Wants to Give Online Video Services Parity With Cable

Hoping to give cord-cutters more options and more content, Sen. Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) this afternoon will introduce a bill that offers online video services like Aereo and Netflix the same regulatory protections as cable and satellite TV.

Cory Booker Joins Senate Commerce Committee

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) will sit on the Senate Commerce Committee. Booker, the former mayor of Newark and a rising star in his party, was sworn in Thursday morning by Vice President Joe Biden.

Senate Confirms Tom Wheeler as Next FCC Chairman

The Senate confirmed former telecom lobbyist Tom Wheeler to be the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. It also confirmed Mike O'Rielly to fill the vacant GOP commissioner slot. Both were unanimously confirmed in a voice vote early Tuesday evening, just hours after Sen.

Sen. Cruz Puts a Hold Vote on FCC Chairman Nominee

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), the controversial lawmaker blamed for the nation's second largest government shutdown, is now taking aim at the Federal Communications Commission by putting a hold on a Senate vote to confirm Tom Wheeler (D) as chairman.

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.

Sen. Rockefeller Looks Into How Web Surveys and Sweeps Aid Data Brokers

Trying to determine where data brokers get personal information about consumers, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) queried 12 personal finance, health, and family-focused websites that collect and share visitors' information from surveys, sweepstakes and questionnaires.

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.

FCC and FTC Nominees Couldn’t Be More Different

Mike O’Rielly, the GOP nominee for the Federal Communications Commission, and Terrell McSweeny, the Democratic nominee for the Federal Trade Commission, couldn’t be more different. The contrasts were on display during the Senate commerce committee nomination hearing, the first major step in filling out two agencies that have been short-handed for several months.

Senate Commerce Votes to Approve Tom Wheeler as Next FCC Chairman

Telecom vet and Obama loyalist Tom Wheeler has passed the first hurdle on his way to becoming the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. In a voice vote, the Senate Commerce committee voted in favor of the president's nominee to lead the agency.