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Lawmakers Call for Examination of Hate Speech in Media Bill introduced in wake of Kansas City shooting

Reacting to Sunday's hate crime at two Jewish centers in Kansas City, Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) introduced today a bill to update the government's 20-year-old…

April 16, 2014, 3:49 PM EDT

Senators Introduce Bill to Limit E-Cigarette Marketing to Kids and Teens No Joe Camel

Worried that e-cigarettes are taking the same marketing path as conventional cigarettes, a group of Democratic senators introduced legislation today that would prohibit the marketing of them to children and…

February 26, 2014, 1:59 PM EST

Senators Introduce Bill to Regulate Data Collection Sets the stage for pushback from the ad industry

Commerce chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) have introduced a bill to lift the "veil of secrecy" behind data broker data collection practices, making good on a…

February 12, 2014, 7:34 PM EST

Congressional Dems Introduce Bill to Restore FCC's Open Internet Rules Bill could serve to nudge FCC's Wheeler to act soon

The debate over net neutrality in Washington is just getting started. Just days after President Obama pledged during a Google+ hangout that he supported net neutrality, Democrats rallied in Congress…

February 3, 2014, 3:54 PM EST

A Look at Some of the Key Media Bills Being Introduced Testing the waters for support in an upcoming election year

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…

November 25, 2013, 9:59 PM EST

Facebook Goes Ahead With Updates to Data Use Policy Says language changes do not affect a change in policy

Facebook went ahead Friday with edits to its data use policy that the social network says really changes nothing about its advertising and policy practices. The language changes, proposed in September…

November 16, 2013, 11:52 AM EST

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…

November 14, 2013, 4:08 PM EST

Facebook Relaxes Privacy Policy for Teens Could D.C. lawmaker blowback be far behind?

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…

October 16, 2013, 6:19 PM EDT

Cross-Device Tracking Could Be Next Privacy Target in DC Sen. Markey asks FTC to open investigation into device fingerprinting

The relatively new practice of tracking consumers across their digital devices in order to serve up more relevant advertising is beginning to draw scrutiny among Washington policymakers. Called digital fingerprinting, the…

October 10, 2013, 5:36 PM EDT

Sen. Rockefeller Talks Privacy With Mark Zuckerberg In town for immigration reform, Facebook chief blindsided by privacy questions

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…

September 20, 2013, 9:33 AM EDT

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