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…

January 24, 2013, 12:27 PM EST

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…

December 18, 2012, 12:30 PM EST

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…

November 8, 2012, 4:49 PM EST

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…

October 11, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT

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,…

July 25, 2012, 1:04 PM EDT

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…

July 13, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

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…

July 9, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

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…

June 4, 2012, 8:33 PM EDT

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…

April 16, 2012, 9:57 AM EDT

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…

March 27, 2012, 7:55 PM EDT