Topic: Rep. Ed Markey

Markey Not Seeing Magic in Disney MagicBand

Representative asks how company will use kids' personal information

Congressional privacy hawk Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) isn't quite seeing the magic in Disney's new MyMagic+ system, which leverages mobile apps and a radio frequency-enabled (RFID) bracelet called a MagicBand…

FTC Launches Probe of Data Broker Privacy Practices

9 companies must respond to commission by Feb. 1

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…

Lawmakers Come Up Short in Data Broker Probe

Responses from 9 companies raise more questions

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…

New Government Report Calls for Rules on Mobile Tracking

Consumers often unaware they are being tracked

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. Consumers have…

Lawmakers Open Data Broker Probe

Nine companies queried about 'consumer dossiers'

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,…

Facebook Skirts Lawmakers' Questions About Kiddie Version

Says no decision has been made to change current policies

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…

Law Enforcement Mobile Phone Requests Raise Privacy Concerns in Washington

1.3 million made last year

Is tracking consumers across the Internet more or less frightening than law enforcement's habit of requesting personal data from mobile phone carriers? An eye-popping 1.3 million requests were made for…

Congressional Privacy Hawks Question Facebook for Kids

Social net has until June 25 to respond

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…

FCC Fines Google for Impeding Investigation

Google plans to file a response

The Federal Communications Commission late Friday proposed slapping Google with a $25,000 fine for impeding the commission’s investigation into whether the data it collected from consumers via its Street Views…

FCC Process Reform Bill Passes House

Bill likely DOA in Senate

Dems put up a vigorous attack of the GOP's bill to reform how the Federal Communications Commission conducts its rulemaking process and reviews mergers, but they couldn't get the votes…