Jul 252014
 

From EPIC: According to reports, President Obama is set to issue an executive order on drone privacy. The order would call for the development of voluntary best practices for the commercial use of drones. Senator Markey and Representative Welch immediately responded to the reports with a letter  to the President urging “strong, enforceable rules – not [...]

Jul 252014
 

Erin Mershon and Kevin Robillard report: President Barack Obama plans to issue an executive order to develop privacy guidelines for commercial drones operating in U.S. airspace, POLITICO has learned. The order would put the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, an arm of the Commerce Department, in charge of developing the guidelines. Read more on Politico.

Jul 202014
 

Cyrus Farivar writes: In May 2014, I reported on my efforts to learn what the feds know about me whenever I enter and exit the country. In particular, I wanted my Passenger Name Records (PNR), data created by airlines, hotels, and cruise ships whenever travel is booked. But instead of providing what I had requested, the United States Customs [...]

Jul 182014
 

Kashmir Hill reports: NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden continues to shock with disclosures about government surveillance a full year after he first went public. Previous reports based on documents leaked by Snowden have said that sexy images get captured during the course of mass surveillance. In a video interview with the Guardian published Thursday, Snowden said it was not unusual [...]

Jul 182014
 

Hogan Lovells today published Pan-American Governmental Access to Data in the Cloud, the fifth installment in a series of White Papers examining government access to data held by Cloud service providers. Examining the right of governments in the United States and Latin America to access data in the Cloud, the White Paper concludes that the physical location [...]

Jul 172014
 

Lindsey Tonsager writes: The FTC staff has posted revisions to three Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) related to obtaining verifiable parental consent under its COPPA Rule. For a comparison of the old and new FAQs, click here. Although the changes (which include a new FAQ H.16) may appear substantial, they mostly reaffirm the FTC’s longstanding position that the agency’s list [...]