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Dateline DC Newsletter - June 18, 2014

 

House Committee Continues Efforts on Postal Reform; “Five-Day” to Pay for Highways?

Frustrated with a reticence among House leadership to consider the  comprehensive postal reform legislation his committee reported in 2013, Congressman Darrell Issa continues to try to find a way forward on postal reform... Read more

 

 

Patent Reform Halted in Senate; Likely Done for the Year

In a surprising development, and despite nearly a year of work, shortly before a scheduled Committee markup, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy (D-VT) pulled bipartisan patent reform legislation from the agenda, saying that there was “not sufficient support behind any comprehensive deal.”  Chairman Leahy laid blame on “competing companies on both sides of this issue” and put the effort on hold indefinitely... Read More
 

White House Releases Reports on “Big Data” Practices

In early May, the White House released a pair of reports centered on “big data” issues.  The first report, “Big Data: Seizing Opportunities, Preserving Values,” focused on how big data can provide key benefits to the government and the public, but also a measure of risk for consumers.  A complementary second report (“Big Data and Privacy: A Technological Perspective”) compiled by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), focused more narrowly on technology issues and solutions... Read More

 

FTC Calls for Legislation in Data Broker Report

On May 27th, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a report detailing the findings of its year and a half long investigation of the data broker industry.  The report, “Data Brokers: A Call for Transparency and Accountability” follows similar reports previously released by the Senate Committee on Commerce and Government Accountability Office... Read More
 

Several States Look to Legislate Magazine Marketing Techniques

Despite being the home state of the magazine industry, the New York legislature continues to consider bills focused on magazine media, much as they did in 2013, and once again, MPA is out front in opposing them... Read More

 

 

Quick Hits:

European Court of Justice Decision Resembles “Right to Be Forgotten”: The European Court of Justice issued a landmark decision in May, ruling that Internet search engine operators can be compelled to take down search results containing personal data if asked to do so by the data subject.  The decision highlights the European Union’s focus on upholding strong personal privacy protections, but is in stark contrast to the free expression of information.  Google (the defendant in the case) has recently added a “Right to Be Forgotten” form to its website and has received a multitude of requests.  Blumenthal Introduces Bill to Limit Advertising Deductibility: In May, Senator Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced the Stop Subsidizing Childhood Obesity Act, which would prohibit the tax deduction of advertising expenses for the advertising of food and beverages of “poor nutritional quality” targeted to children age 14 and under. A similar bill introduced in the House last year has not advanced and it is unlikely that Senator Blumenthal’s bill will advance this year. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee Holds Online Advertising Hearing: The Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations held a hearing on May 15 to examine consumer security and data privacy in the online advertising industry, with specific focus on malware in online advertising. The Committee discussed a year-long bipartisan investigation into malware advertising and the increasing number of attacks as cyber criminals are finding more ways to circumvent the safeguards in place and target consumers. The Committee deemed current protections inadequate and recommended streamlining the advertising process and implementing greater safeguards within online advertising systems. California AG Provides Guidance on “Do Not Track” Disclosures: In May, a guideline to help companies comply with the new "do-not-track" requirements of the California Online Privacy Protection Act was released.  The document, “Making Your Privacy Practices Public” includes questions to help create appropriate "do-not-track" disclosures and pointers for crafting privacy policies. Reporter “Shield” Amendment Passes as Part of Appropriations Bill: Included as part of an omnibus appropriations bill that provided funding for the Department of Justice was an amendment to prohibit a reporter from being forced to testify about information or sources that the journalist states, in a motion to quash a subpoena to testify, are regarded as confidential.  Though the measure is unlikely to survive in the Senate, it is an indication of the strong House support for a shield law.

 

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