Tag Archives: data privacy

Privacy vs. Security in the Post-pandemic World

Do you give up a little liberty to get a little protection?” As green sprouts start to appear in parts of the global economy, much uncertainty remains about how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect our collective future.  Amidst this ambiguity, one of the few things that appears certain is that technology will play a significant … Continue Reading

EU Public Policy Update ICT and Digital Markets – Select Developments from First Half of (H1) 2020

The European Commission (i.e. the European Union’s Executive Body) has started a new 5-year political mandate on 1 December 2019 under the leadership of its new President, the German Ursula von der Leyen. Three overarching priorities are woven into the EC policy agenda until 2024: (1) sustainability/climate neutrality (under the new European Green Deal), (2) … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade: US and European Trade Talk Update – May 1, 2020

Google and Apple are collaborating on contact-tracing technology that allows for better communication between the two operating platforms to help alert individuals that may have crossed paths with a confirmed COVID-19 case. The two companies noted in a joint statement issued earlier this month, “[W]e hope to harness the power of technology to help countries … Continue Reading

House Commerce Committee to Hold Hearing on Broadband Privacy Rules

Legislative Activity House Lawmakers Discuss Movement on Telecom Bills Before Recess and Election During a Federal Communications Bar Association lunch held June 8, House Energy & Commerce Committee (House Commerce Committee) counsel discussed pending communications legislation and the likelihood of seeing movement in the coming months. Majority counsel David Redl expressed interest in advancing H.R.4889, … Continue Reading

House Passes Bill Preventing Broadband Rate Regulation

Legislative Activity House Passes Bill Preventing Broadband Rate Regulation On April 15, the House of Representatives (House) passed H.R.2666, the No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act by a vote of 241-173. The bill’s main provision states that “the Federal Communications Commission may not regulate the rates charged for broadband Internet access service.” The … Continue Reading

Washington Seeks to Protect the Homeland from the Rapidly Spreading Zika Virus; Ambassador Froman Heads to the TPP Signing Ceremony; Safe Harbor Negotiators Fail to Meet EU Deadline

Historic snowfall levels kept the U.S. Federal Government from officially reopening until Wednesday of last week.  President Barack Obama, however, met the day before with his health and national security teams to discuss the rapid spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne viruses in the Americas and steps being taken to protect U.S. citizens.  The President … Continue Reading

House & Senate Leaders Urge Action on European Invalidation of Data Transfer “Safe Harbor”

Legislative Activity House & Senate Leaders Urge Action on European “Safe Harbor” Ruling Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (Senate Commerce Committee) Chairman John Thune (R-SD) along with Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Reps. Fred Upton (R-MI) and Frank Pallone (D-NJ) wrote a letter to Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Federal Trade Commission … Continue Reading

FCC Adopts Rules for the Citizens Broadband Radio Service that Enable Spectrum Sharing

Legislative Activity House Introduces Joint Resolution to Repeal FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules On April 13, Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) introduced a Joint Resolution to invalidate the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) open Internet rules adopted on February 26. The resolution states that Congress disapproves of the FCC’s rules and that those rules will have no effect. … Continue Reading

White House Briefs Senate Staffers on Iran Negotiations

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity National Security Agency The Senate Intelligence Committee will hold a closed door meeting this week on competing National Security Agency (NSA)-related bills that might be considered in that panel. Senate Judiciary Committee leaders are expected to unveil their bipartisan measure, which will also address NSA initiatives. Reports emerged last week … Continue Reading