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Agency Heads Appear Before Congress to Tackle Privacy Issues

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WASHINGTON July 18, 2011- Two congressional subcommittees called on the heads of several government agencies late last week to inquire how each addresses Internet privacy issues.

The panel, assembled by the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade and the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology included the heads of the Federal Communications Commission, Federal Trade Commission and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

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Barton, Markey Release Draft of ‘Do Not Track’ Bill for Kids

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WASHINGTON, May 9, 2011 – Reps. Joe Barton (R-TX) and Ed Markey (D-MD) released a discussion draft of to-be-introduced legislation that would update the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act to reflect changes in current technology.

The Do Not Track Kids Act of 2011 would make several changes to the existing law, which dates back to 1998. Since then, says Rep. Barton, the Internet landscape has changed dramatically.

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Congressional Members Discuss Net Neutrality, Privacy and Spectrum at CCIA Meeting

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WASHINGTON May 5, 2011- At the Washington Caucus meeting of the Computer and Communications Industry Association Wednesday, Congressional leaders presented their views on preserving the Open Internet, expanding patent reform, ensuring consumer privacy online and the need for spectrum reform.

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Barton, Markey to Wireless Carriers: ‘Do You Track Customers’ Location Info?’

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WASHINGTON, March 31, 2011 – Reps. Edward Markey (D-MA) and Joe Barton (R-TX), Co-Chairmen of the House Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus sent letters Tuesday to Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T asking the wireless companies to disclose how the firms collect and stored user location data.

The letters to all four major wireless carriers were sent response to a recent story in the New York Times, which reported that the German mobile provider Deutsche Telekom tracked the locations of German politicians.

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Reps. Barton, Markey Keep Watchful Eye On Facebook Privacy Settings

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WASHINGTON, February 28, 2011 – Reps. Joe Barton (R-TX) and Edward Markey (D-MA), Co-Chairmen of the House Bipartisan Privacy Caucus, shared Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s response to a letter they wrote to him on February 2, 2011, questioning a particular privacy feature on Facebook that would potentially share mobile numbers and home addresses with websites and third party-applications.

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House Subcommittee Puts FCC, Net Neutrality On Firing Line

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WASHINGTON, February 17, 2011 – Members of the House subcommittee on Communications and Technology took the opportunity during a hearing on Wednesday to grill the five FCC commissioners on the Commission’s recent Open Internet Order in a marathon session.

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Markey Urges FTC to Investigate In-App Purchases

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WASHINGTON, February 8, 2011 – Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA), a senior Democrat on the House subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission urging it to investigate suspect practices surrounding purchases made through mobile applications.

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Content Makers Seek Protection but Waver When It Comes to Network Neutrality

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WASHINGTON, October 28, 2010 – Many content makers have called upon the Federal Communications Commission to protect their ability to distribute content via the internet, yet these same content makers are reluctant to play by the same rules. Recent decisions by content makers to block some Google TV and an ESPN service show the murkiness of the debates surrounding network neutrality.

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Lawmakers Show Partisan Split on Open Internet Proposal

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WASHINGTON, September 2, 2010 – The request for comments by the Federal Communications Commission on the managed services aspect on the open internet has received mixed reactions from members of Congress.

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Congressional Leadership Voice Support of National Broadband Plan

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WASHINGTON, June 9, 2010 – Last week 40 house members, mostly from rural districts, said that they no longer supported the national broadband plan on the grounds that it didn’t help enough Americans. Some of these individuals went so far as to claim they would seek to stop funding for broadband-related initiative.

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