Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Sen. Commerce Committee Hearing :: Sept 26 :: Examining Consumer Privacy Protections

"WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing titled “Examining Safeguards for Consumer Data Privacy,”at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. This hearing will examine privacy policies of top technology and communications firms, review the current state of consumer data privacy, and offer members the opportunity to discuss possible approaches to safeguarding privacy more effectively.
Consumers deserve clear answers and standards on data privacy protection,” said Thune“This hearing will provide leading technology companies and internet service providers an opportunity to explain their approaches to privacy, how they plan to address new requirements from the European Union and California, and what Congress can do to promote clear privacy expectations without hurting innovation.”
Witnesses:
  • Mr. Len Cali, Senior Vice President—Global Public Policy, AT&T Inc.
  • Mr. Andrew DeVore, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Amazon.com, Inc.
  • Mr. Keith Enright, Chief Privacy Officer, Google LLC
  • Mr. Damian Kieran, Global Data Protection Officer and Associate Legal Director, Twitter, Inc.
  • Mr. Guy (Bud) Tribble, Vice President for Software Technology, Apple Inc.
  • Ms. Rachel Welch, Senior Vice President, Policy & External Affairs, Charter Communications, Inc.
*Witness list subject to change.
Hearing Details:
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
10:00 a.m.
Full Committee
Dirksen Senate Office Building G50
Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

NTIA Virginia Broadband Summit Oct. 30, 2018

"NTIA's BroadbandUSA Program, in partnership with the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), will host the Virginia Broadband Summit in Roanoke, Virginia on October 30, 2018. The purpose of the Summit is to engage the public and stakeholders with information to accelerate broadband connectivity, improve digital inclusion, and support local priorities. The Summit will provide information on topics including local broadband planning, funding and engagement with service providers. Speakers and attendees from Virginia, federal agencies and across the country will come together to explore ways to facilitate the expansion of broadband capacity, access, and utilization.

The Broadband Summit will be held on October 30, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Eastern Time, in Roanoke, Virginia at the Roanoke South County Library, 6303 Merriman Road, Roanoke, VA 24018.
"For further information contact Janice Wilkins, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 4678, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-5791; email: broadbandusaevents@ntia.doc.gov. Please direct media inquiries to NTIA's Office of Public Affairs, (202) 482-7002; email: press@ntia.doc.gov.

NIST Kicking off the Privacy Framework: Workshop #1 Austin TX Oct. 16th

"This is the first in a series of public workshops NIST is hosting on the development of the Privacy Framework: An Enterprise Risk Management Tool. In this half-day event, on October 16th, in Austin, Texas, attendees will hear from NIST representatives what to expect from the framework development process. They will learn from panels of experts how organizations are currently managing privacy risks, and where the challenges lie. The workshop also will be an opportunity to begin the discussion of how the NIST Privacy Framework can meet organizations' needs to better protect individuals' privacy. NIST plans to use the interactive discussions at this workshop as input to an annotated outline of the Privacy Framework. This event takes place just before IAPP's Privacy. Security. Risk. conference begins! Register early, as space is limited.

"Workshop Inputs: Prior to the workshop, NIST will post pre-read materials on the Privacy Framework website.

"Expected Workshop Outputs: Annotated outline of the Privacy Framework.

"If you're unable to attend, a recording of this event will be posted shortly after the event on the Privacy Framework website. Additionally, this will be one of several in-person opportunities to engage with NIST on the development of this framework – so stay tuned, as we'll be announcing future events.

We'd also encourage you to sign up for our Privacy Framework listserv for updates.

For more information on transportation, lodging and dining, please visit Austin, Texas Visitor Center or IAPP's conference website.

https://www.nist.gov/news-events/events/2018/10/kicking-privacy-framework-workshop-1

✏️ RFC NIST :: Draft Cybersecurity Practice Guide SP 1800-14, Protecting the Integrity of Internet Routing: Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) Route Origin Validation, is Available for Comment

"It is difficult to overstate the importance of the internet to modern business and society in general. The internet is not a single network, but rather a complex grid of independent interconnected networks that relies on a protocol known as Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) to route traffic to its intended destination.
Unfortunately, BGP was not designed with security in mind and a route hijack attack can deny access to internet services, misdeliver traffic to malicious endpoints, and cause routing instability. A technique known as BPG route origin validation (ROV) is designed to protect against route hijacking.
"NIST’s National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), together with several technology vendors, has developed proof-of-concept demonstrations of BGP ROV implementation designed to improve the security of the internet's routing infrastructure. 
"Comments for this draft are due by October 15, 2018. To review Draft Special Publication (SP) 1800-14, and for information on submitting comments, please visit the links below.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

RFC NTIA International Internet Policy Priorities - Due July 17

Docket Number: 
180124068–8068–01

In response to requests for additional time, the Department of Commerce is extending the closing deadline for submitting comments to a request for public comments entitled ''International Internet Policy Priorities'' published in the Federal Register on June 5, 2018. Through this notice, the Department extends the comment period to July 17, 2018. Comments are due on July 17, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). 

Written comments may be submitted by email to iipp2018@ntia.doc.gov. Comments submitted by email should be machine-readable and should not be copy-protected. Written comments also may be submitted by mail to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 4725, Attn: Fiona Alexander, Washington, DC 20230.

For further information contact Fiona Alexander, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 4706, Washington, DC 20230; telephone (202) 482–1866; email falexander@ntia.doc.gov. Please direct media inquiries to NTIA's Office of Public Affairs, (202) 482–7002, or at press@ntia.doc.gov.


Docket Number: 
180124068-8068-01

Recognizing the vital importance of the Internet and digital communications to U.S. innovation, prosperity, education, and civic and cultural life, NTIA has made it a top priority to encourage growth and innovation for the Internet and Internet-enabled economy. Towards that end, NTIA is seeking comments and recommendations from all interested stakeholders on its international Internet policy priorities for 2018 and beyond. These comments will help inform NTIA to identify priority issues and help NTIA effectively leverage its resources and expertise to address those issues.


Written comments may be submitted by email to iipp2018@ntia.doc.gov. Comments submitted by email should be machine-readable and should not be copy-protected. Written comments also may be submitted by mail to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 4725, Attn: Fiona Alexander, Washington, DC 20230.


Monday, May 14, 2018

Restoring Internet Freedom Fed Reg notice

AGENCY:

Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION:

Final rule; announcement of effective date.

SUMMARY:

In this document, the Commission announces that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved, for a period of three years, the information collection associated with the Commission's Restoring Internet Freedom Declaratory Ruling, Report and Order, and Order (Order)'s transparency rule. This document is consistent with the Order, which stated that the Commission would publish a notice in the Federal Register announcing the effective date of the refinements to the transparency rule, the delayed amendatory instructions revising the Commission's rules consistent with the Order, and the Order, which among other things restore the classification of broadband internet access service as an information service, reinstate the private mobile service classification of mobile broadband internet access service, and eliminate the conduct rules imposed by the Title II Order.

DATES:

The Order and amendments to 47 CFR 1.49, 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.5, 8.7, 8.9, 8.11, 8.12, 8.13, 8.14, 8.15, 8.16, 8.17, 8.18, 8.19, and 20.3, published at 83 FR 7852, February 22, 2018, are effective June 11, 2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ramesh Nagarajan, Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, at (202) 418-2582, or Ramesh.Nagarajan@fcc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

This document announces that, on May 2, 2018, OMB approved, for a period of three years, the information collection requirements relating to the transparency rule contained in the Commission's Order, FCC 17-166, published at 83 FR 7852, February 22, 2018. The OMB Control Number is 3060-1158. The Commission publishes this document as an announcement of the effective date of the refinements to the transparency rule, the delayed amendatory instructions (amendatory instructions 2, 3, 5, 6, and 8 published at 83 FR 7852, February 22, 2018), and the Order, which among other things restore the classification of broadband internet access service as an information service, reinstate the private mobile service classification of mobile broadband internet access service, and eliminate the conduct rules imposed by the Title II Order. If you have any comments on the burden estimates listed below, or how the Commission can improve the collections and reduce any burdens caused thereby, please email PRA@fcc.gov or contact Nicole Ongele, Federal Communications Commission, at Nicole.Ongele@fcc.gov or (202) 418-2991. Please include the OMB Control Number, 3060-1158, in your correspondence.

To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an email to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (TTY).

Synopsis

As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3507), the FCC is notifying the public that it received final OMB approval on May 2, 2018, for the information collection requirements contained in the modifications to the Commission's rules in 47 CFR part 8. Under 5 CFR part 1320, an agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless it displays a current, valid OMB Control Number.

No person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act that does not display a current, valid OMB Control Number. The OMB Control Number is 3060-1158.

The foregoing notice is required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13, October 1, 1995, and 44 U.S.C. 3507.

The total annual reporting burdens and costs for the respondents are as follows:

OMB Control Number: 3060-1158.

OMB Approval Date: May 2, 2018.

OMB Expiration Date: May 31, 2021.

Title: Transparency Rule Disclosures, Restoring Internet Freedom, Report and Order, WC Docket No. 17-108, FCC 17-166.

Form Number: N/A.

Respondents: Business or other for-profit entities, Not-for-profit entities, State, local, or Tribal governments.

Number of Respondents and Responses: 1,919 respondents; 1,919 responses.

Estimated Time per Response: 26 hours.

Frequency of Response: On-occasion reporting requirement; Third-party disclosure requirement.

Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain or retain benefits. The statutory authority for this information collection is contained in Section 257 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 257.

Total Annual Burden: 49,894 hours.

Total Annual Cost: $560,000.

Privacy Act Impact Assessment: No impact(s).

Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: There is no need for confidentiality with this information collection.

Needs and Uses: The Order revises the information collection requirements applicable to internet service providers (ISPs). The Order requires an ISP to publicly disclose network management practices, performance characteristics, and commercial terms of its broadband Start Printed Page 21928internet access service sufficient to enable consumers to make informed choices regarding the purchase and use of such services, and entrepreneurs and other small businesses to develop, market, and maintain internet offerings. As part of these disclosures, the rule requires ISPs to disclose their congestion management, application-specific behavior, device attachment rules, and security practices, as well as any blocking, throttling, affiliated prioritization, or paid prioritization in which they engage. Specifically, the rule requires ISPs to disclose:

  •  Blocking. Any practice (other than reasonable network management elsewhere disclosed) that blocks or otherwise prevents end user access to lawful content, applications, service, or non-harmful devices, including a description of what is blocked.
  •  Throttling. Any practice (other than reasonable network management elsewhere disclosed) that degrades or impairs access to lawful internet traffic on the basis of content, application, service, user, or use of a non-harmful device, including a description of what is throttled.
  •  Affiliated Prioritization. Any practice that directly or indirectly favors some traffic over other traffic, including through use of techniques such as traffic shaping, prioritization, or resource reservation, to benefit an affiliate, including identification of the affiliate.
  •  Paid Prioritization. Any practice that directly or indirectly favors some traffic over other traffic, including through use of techniques such as traffic shaping, prioritization, or resource reservation, in exchange for consideration, monetary or otherwise.
  • Congestion Management. Descriptions of congestion management practices, if any. These descriptions should include the types of traffic subject to the practices; the purposes served by the practices; the practices' effects on end users' experience; criteria used in practices, such as indicators of congestion that trigger a practice, including any usage limits triggering the practice, and the typical frequency of congestion; usage limits and the consequences of exceeding them; and references to engineering standards, where appropriate.
  • Application-Specific Behavior. Whether and why the ISP blocks or rate-controls specific protocols or protocol ports, modifies protocol fields in ways not prescribed by the protocol standard, or otherwise inhibits or favors certain applications or classes of applications.
  • Device Attachment Rules. Any restrictions on the types of devices and any approval procedures for devices to connect to the network.
  • Security. Any practices used to ensure end-user security or security of the network, including types of triggering conditions that cause a mechanism to be invoked (but excluding information that could reasonably be used to circumvent network security).

The rule also requires ISPs to disclose performance characteristics, including a service description and the impact of non-broadband internet access services data services. Specifically, the rule requires ISPs to disclose a general description of the service—including the service technology, expected and actual access speed and latency, and the suitability of the service for real-time applications—as well as what non-broadband internet access service data services, if any, are offered to end users, and whether and how any non-broadband internet access service data services may affect the last-mile capacity available for, and the performance of, broadband internet access service.

Finally, the rule requires ISPs to disclose commercial terms of service, including price of the service, privacy policies, and redress options. Specifically, the rule requires disclosure of, for example, monthly prices, usage-based fees, and fees for early termination or additional network services; a complete and accurate disclosure about the ISP's privacy practices, if any, including whether any network management practices entail inspection of network traffic, and whether traffic is stored, provided to third parties, or used by the ISP for non-network management purposes; and practices for resolving complaints and questions from consumers, entrepreneurs, and other small businesses. The rule requires ISPs to make such disclosures either via a publicly available, easily accessible website or through transmittal to the Commission, which will make such disclosures available via a publicly available, easily accessible website.

The Order eliminates the additional reporting obligations adopted in the Title II Order and the related guidance in the 2016 Advisory Guidance and returns to the requirements established in the Open internet Order. In addition, the Ordereliminates the direct notification requirement adopted in the Title II Order.

The Commission anticipates that the revised disclosures will empower consumers and businesses with information about their broadband internet access service, protecting the openness of the internet. The information collection will assist the Commission in its statutory obligation to report to Congress on market entry barriers in the telecommunications market.



Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Senate Subcommittee Hearing: There’s an App for That: Trends in Mobile Technologies

Press Release: “WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, will convene a hearing titled “There’s an App for That: Trends in Mobile Technologies,” at 2:30 p.m. on May 15, 2018. The hearing will examine the state of the mobile app economy and its role in fostering job creation, e-commerce, innovation, and technology investment in the United States, and how apps are disrupting traditional business models and evolving in their sophistication and utility for consumers and businesses. Additionally, the hearing will explore ways to improve mobile broadband connectivity and how to address policy issues to support the continued growth and prosperity of the app economy.
Witnesses:
  • Mr. Mike Forster, Chairman, Innovate Mississippi and Founder, Mississippi Coding Academies
  • Dr. Sarah Oh, Research Fellow, Technology Policy Institute
  • Mr. Morgan Reed, President, ACT – The App Association
*Witness list subject to change.
Hearing Details:
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
2:30 p.m.
Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet
This hearing will take place in Russell Senate Office Building, Room 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.

Monday, May 07, 2018

🎥 Antitrust & The Internet: A New Way Of Looking At Competition?, Congressional Internet Caucus

Notice of NTIA 2018 Spectrum Policy Symposium

Notice "NTIA will host a symposium on June 12, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EDT, focusing on the development and implementation of national spectrum policies to support continuing U.S. leadership and innovation in wireless telecommunications and other spectrum-dependent technologies. The symposium will be held at The National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC 20045. For further information please contact John Alden, Telecommunications Specialist, Office of Spectrum Management, NTIA, at (202) 482-8046 or spectrumsymposium@ntia.doc.gov. Please direct media inquiries to NTIA's Office of Public Affairs, (202) 482-7002; email: press@ntia.doc.gov.