Friday, March 24, 2017

🚲 Capricious Links 🐢 FB and Surveillance ~ Senate Broadband Privacy Vote ~ Draft Sec. 230 Bill ~ Internet Filters Dont Work ~

, Facebook and Instagram Publicly Prohibit Surveillance of Users Following Coalition Demands, ACLU ~ Today, Facebook publicly announced updates to Facebook and Instagram platform policies to clearly prohibit the use of company data for surveillance. These updates respond to demands from a coalition that includes the ACLU of California, the Center for Media Justice, and Color of Change.


, Facebook U.S. Public Policy, Facebook ~ Today we are adding language to our Facebook and Instagram platform policies to more clearly explain that developers cannot "use data obtained from us to provide tools that are used for surveillance."


Elizabeth Dwoskin, Facebook says police can't use its data for 'surveillance', WAPO ~ Facebook is cutting police departments off from a vast trove of data that has been increasingly used to monitor protesters and activists.


Brooke Seipel, The draft bill is called the "No Immunity for Sex Traffickers Online Act of 2017." It's authored by Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.). The bill would amend Section 230 in two main ways:, The Hill ~ President Trump on Friday took credit for the creation of 20,000 jobs by telecom company Charter Communications, a deal that was originally made in 2015, during the Obama administration.


Robert Cannon, Is Call Forwarding an "Information Service" and Why It Matters for FTC Jurisdiction, CircleID ~ Time to brush the dust off your Computer II notebooks. Are voicemail, electronic fax, and call forwarding enhanced services or telecom services?


Jon Brodkin, How ISPs can sell your Web history—and how to stop them, Ars Technica ~ The Senate vote was 50-48, with every Republican senator voting to kill privacy rules and every Democratic senator voting to preserve them.


, Senate Acts on Broadband Privacy, NTCA ~ Today the Senate passed the Congressional Review Act resolution to overturn the FCC's recently adopted broadband privacy rules for Internet service providers. Throughout the development of the FCC's broadband privacy rules, NTCA has championed consumer-centric principles of notice, choice and security. At the same time, NTCA has cautioned against regulations that would treat ISPs differently than other firms in the broadband market – and frankly, some of them have far more consumer information and metrics and should be of significantly more concern than ISP operations.


, ACA Applauds Senate Passage Of Flake Resolution Voiding FCC's Broadband Privacy Rules, ACA ~ ACA is very pleased the Senate voted to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to nullify the FCC's broadband privacy regulations. ACA thanks Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and his many Senate co-sponsors of the CRA resolution for their leadership role in eliminating regulations that as applied to smaller broadband providers would impose unwarranted and burdensome regulations, harmful both to small businesses and their customers.


Shiva Stella, Senate Leaves Consumers Vulnerable in Rush to Destroy Americans' Online Privacy, PK ~ With less than 10 hours of 'consideration,' the Senate took the first step to eliminating a rule that put consumers in control of their data online. This vote is a clear sign that American interests


, Google and Symantec clash on website security checks, BBC ~ Google alleges that Symantec has not done enough to ensure that these basic and extended certificates are being issued correctly. It claims to have evidence that over the past few years 30,000 certificates are suspect.


, Doubts about whether internet filters protect teenagers online, U Oxford ~ The research paper, published in The Journal of Pediatrics, says the effectiveness of internet filters is 'dubious' and suggests that resources would be better spent trying to develop the resilience of teenagers to such experiences.


, Google Fiber Community Impact Report, Google Fiber ~ From the earliest days of Google Fiber through today, we've seen the transformational power of local partnerships and how access to super fast Internet - and all the tools that come with it - can drive progress in communities.


Karl Bode, Our $300 Million Broadband Map Is Stuck in Useless Limbo, DSLReports ~ In February of 2011 the government released our first ever broadband map (available here) after spending roughly $300 million on the project. Our readers by and large were unimpressed at the time, noting the map didn't list prices, and often reported non-existent competitors and unavailable speeds in many markets.


Eric Goldman, WARNING: Draft "No Immunity for Sex Traffickers Online Act" Bill Poses Major Threat to Section 230, Tech & Marketing Law Blog ~ The draft bill is called the "No Immunity for Sex Traffickers Online Act of 2017." It's authored by Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.). The bill would amend Section 230 in two main ways:


Cyrus Farivar, Feds: We're pulling data from 100 phones seized during Trump inauguration, Ars Technica ~ In new filings, prosecutors told a court in Washington, DC that within the coming weeks, they expect to extract all data from the seized cellphones of more than 100 allegedly violent protesters arrested during the inauguration of President Donald Trump.


, Broadband Overtakes Cable/Satellite as Leading Conduit for Video, USTelecom ~ More than two-thirds (68 percent) of consumers subscribe to a free or paid streaming video service compared to 67 percent for pay-TV service providers, according to a "The Changing Landscape for Video and Content," a new study by the Consumer Technology Association (link is external) (CTA).



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