Posts Tagged ‘Department of Justice’

FTC and DOJ Forum: Child ID Theft By Family Members Most Damaging

Cybersecurity, Privacy July 13th, 2011

WASHINGTON, July 13, 2011 – Child ID Theft more commonly occurs via organized crime, but the most severe damage happens when done by family members, experts concluded at a joint Child ID Theft forum Tuesday.

Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice held the forum one day after hacktivist group ‘Anonymous’ attacked U.S. government security contractor, Booz Allen Hamilton, resulting in the theft of 90,000 military email addresses.

Franken Introduces Geolocation Privacy Bill

Congress, Privacy, Senate June 16th, 2011

WASHINGTON June 16, 2011- Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), along with Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), introduced a bill Wednesday that would make rules more stringent for collecting geolocation data on mobile device users.

The Location Privacy Protection Act of 2011 would require companies to obtain users’ expressed consent to collect location data and to notify users when they share location data with third parties.

Senate Committee Passes PROTECT IP Act But Wyden Issues Quick Halt

Congress, Copyright, Intellectual Property, Senate May 27th, 2011

WASHINGTON May 27, 2011 – The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act, or PROTECT IP Act on Thursday, but Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) put a hold on the bill preventing it from going to the full Senate.

House Subcommittee Weighs Consequences of New Obama Cybersecurity Proposal

Congress, Cybersecurity, House of Representatives, Privacy May 27th, 2011

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2011 – House Subcommittee members received answers long on ideas but short on specifics when they probed Obama administration officials during a hearing Wednesday on the President’s cybersecurity review.

The House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet explored the ramifications of the Obama administration’s Cyberspace Policy Review in an oversight hearing that featured two witness panels representing federal and private interests.

May Broadband Breakfast Explores AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

Broadband TV, FCC, Mobile Broadband, Net Neutrality, Spectrum, Wireless May 19th, 2011

WASHINGTON May 18, 2011 – Broadband Breakfast gathered former Federal Communications Commission and Department of Justice officials along with leading industry experts to explore how the government will scrutinize the AT&T T-Mobile merger.

Will the FCC or the Justice Department Be Tougher on the AT&T/T-Mobile Merger? from Broadband Breakfast on Vimeo.

Intellectual Property Breakfast Club Examines IP Enforcement

Broadband TV, Copyright, Intellectual Property, International, Trademarks May 16th, 2011

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2011 – The Intellectual Property Breakfast Club last week featured a keynote address by Erik Barnett, Assistant Deputy Director at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and subsequent panel with industry experts, taking a closer look at administration recommendations to expand the scope of IP laws and increase certain penalties for infringement.

Barnett’s keynote focused on “Operation In Our Sites,” an ICE initiative that focuses on stopping Internet counterfeiting and piracy. The initiative seizes U.S.-based sites that provide illegal content via the web. Critics allege that the seizures deprive domain registrants of due process.

Intellectual Property Enforcement: Where Does the Law Need to be Updated?

Genachowski Addresses Economic Club of Washington

FCC, Mobile Broadband, Spectrum, Wireless April 21st, 2011

WASHINGTON April 21, 2011- Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski visited the Economic Club of Washington Wednesday to answer questions that covered spectrum auctions and the impending merger between AT&T and T-Mobile.

“To continue our growth in mobile broadband we need to free up more spectrum,” Genachowski said. “Spectrum is the oxygen of the mobile world and without more it will be stifled.”

Dems Slam Broadband Stimulus Oversight Measure As ‘Waste Of Time’

Broadband Stimulus, Congress, House of Representatives, NTIA, Rural Utilities Service April 4th, 2011

WASHINGTON, April 4, 2011 – The House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing and passed draft legislation Friday that would require unused and returned broadband stimulus funds be returned to the U.S. Treasury, but subcommittee Democrats called the bill “duplicative” of policies already in place.

AT&T Announces $39B Deal To Acquire T-Mobile

FCC, House of Representatives, Media ownership, Mobile Broadband, Spectrum, Wireless March 21st, 2011

WASHINGTON, March 21, 2011 – Nationwide wireless carrier, AT&T announced Sunday that it had finalized an agreement to acquire competitor T-Mobile from Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion in cash and stock.

The deal between the nation’s second- and fourth-largest carriers would likely create the largest nationwide wireless carrier, topping current leader, Verizon.

FCC Approves Qwest-CenturyLink Merger

FCC March 21st, 2011

WASHINGTON, March 21, 2011 -The Federal Communications Commission approved the merger of telecommunications carrier, Qwest Communications, and internet service provider, CenturyLink.

Following the completion of the merger, Qwest will become a subsidiary of CenturyLink.

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