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A dangerous NSA bill

Senators are likely to vote soon on S. 2685, the USA Freedom Act — which should be named the Terrorist Plot Protection Act — a bill championed by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) aimed at severely curtailing the National Security Agency surveillance operation. As a memo for the Republican Policy Committee explains, “This bill has never […]

Redbox Isn't Violating 1980s Video-Rental Privacy Law: 7th Cir.

Believe it or not, federal law prohibits disclosing a person's videotape rental records. Congress passed the Video Privacy Protection Act after Judge Robert Bork's video rental history was leaked during his failed nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1987. (The author of a widely read article on "The Bork......

Covered by CBA, Employee’s State Law Whistleblower Claim Preempted by Federal Law, New Jersey Court Rules

The National Law Review An employee represented under a collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) is barred from claiming whistleblower retaliatory discharge under the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (“CEPA”) against his...Show More Summary

Tech firms promise to safeguard student data

last monthTechnology : sCommerce

After California Governor Jerry Brown passed the Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (SOPIPA) on 29th September, a group of 14 industry players have promised to adopt its principles across the United States.

Federal Trade Secrets Protection Act Approved by House Judiciary Committee

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

On September 17, 2014, the House Judiciary Committee approved the bi-partisan federal Trade Secrets Protection Act of 2014, H.R. 5233, which we previously wrote about when introduced in July, 2014 by North Carolina Representative George Holding. Show More Summary

Senate’s new overseas-email protection act gets mixed reviews

A bipartisan group of senators are backing the idea that emails held by U.S. services providers overseas need greater legal protection than they currently enjoy, but some are praising its existence and pointing out what they see as its significant flaws. On Thursday, Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) introduced the […]

Senate’s new overseas-email protection act gets mixed reviews

A bipartisan group of senators are backing the idea that emails held by U.S. services providers overseas need greater legal protection than they currently enjoy, but some are praising its existence and pointing out what they see as its significant flaws. On Thursday, Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) introduced the […]

Feds officially kick off campaign to nail COPPA violators. Here’s why you should care

The FTC announced today that, in addition to Yelp, it has sued mobile app developer TinyCo for violating the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

FTC Goes After Yelp Because Yelp Has The Audacity To Let Kids Use Its App

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

For years now, we've discussed the ridiculousness of the COPPA law (the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act). The rallying cry of "protect the children!" quite frequently leads to very poor policy decisions, and COPPA (and the enforcement around it) is a perfect example of that. Show More Summary

F.T.C. Fines Yelp and TinyCo for Violating Children’s Privacy Rules

2 months agoTechnology : Bits

The commission found that the two companies violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, known as Coppa.

House Charts Common-Sense Course for EPA and States to Work Together on Clean Water

Yesterday evening, the House passed H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, introduced by Rep.Read the Rest...

Don't Let Misinformation Prevail Over Clean Water

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on a bill known as H.R. 5078, "Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014." This bill threatens to muddy the waters for America's wetlands and undermine...Show More Summary

California’s “Monopoly Protection Act”, AB 2145, Is Dead

Originally Published in the ECOreport California’s monopoly utilities failed in what many perceive as their latest attempt to squash community choice aggregates. Assemblyman Steven Bradford could not find a senator willing to sponsor...Show More Summary

Decatur’s Planned Actions in Response to Georgia’s “Safe Carry Protection Act

On the agenda for tonight’s city commission meeting – how Decatur will revise its policies in response to Georgia House Bill 60, known as the “Safe Carry Protection Act”.  Here’s Asst. City Manager’s summary to City Manager Peggy Merriss… In response to HB 60, the “Safe Carry Protection Act”, which was effective July 1, 2014, […]

Are Democrats Waging the Real War on Women?

Earlier this month, Senator Lindsey Graham introduced the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in the U.S. Senate. The U.S. House has already passed this bill – which would protect unborn children from abortion after the fifth month of pregnancy and their mothers from the additional harm late-term abortion can cause. But despite its popularity among […]

National Pro-Life Group Endorses Steve Daines for Senate in Montana

The National Right to Life Committee today endorsed Rep. Steve Daines for United States Senate. Rep. Daines opposes unrestricted abortion. He voted for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act – groundbreaking legislation to protect unborn children at 20 weeks, a point by which the unborn child is capable of feeling great pain when being killed […]

Commercial Use of Google Glass Faces Tough UK Data Protection Act

Google Glass used by UK businesses must comply with British data protection rules

10 of the Worst Congressional Acronyms Ever

Ten of the worst (or possibly greatest) congressional backronyms—intentional acronyms created by attention-seeking lawmakers, or more likely, their poor staffers: CHOMP: Consumers Have Options for Molar Protection Act, sponsored by former Rep. Show More Summary

Illegal Immigrant Who Killed 2 Girls Released, Protected by Obama’s DREAM Act

One of Barack Obama’s illegal aliens upon whom one of his illegal alien protection acts was bestowed has been found guilty of killing two little girls in a car accident but has been released from jail because she is protected by Obama. Show More Summary

The Importance of Multiemployer Pension Reform

Congress has left Washington for the summer and with each passing week of inaction the problems facing the 10.4 million multiemployer plan participants become tougher to fix. With key provisions of the Pension Protection Act of 2006Show More Summary

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