Topic: Rep. Joe Barton

Markey, Barton Bring Back Do Not Track Kids Bill

It would extend digital privacy protections to teens 13-15

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…

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…

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…

Lawmakers Praise Twitter, but Have Questions Too

Social networking service has until June 15 to answer queries

Twitter scored a lot of points in Washington recently when it publicly came out in support of the government's Do Not Track policy recommendation for Web companies. But that doesn't…

Pols to Google: Wrong Answers

Lawmakers want more detail from search giant about new privacy policy

Google was quick to respond to a letter sent to it last week from eight House members, dashing off a 13-pager outlining and explaining its updated privacy policy. But perhaps…