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WENDY DAVIS

Wendy Davis is a Senior Writer at MediaPost. You can reach Wendy at wdavis@mediapost.com

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  • Privacy Concerns Spark Government To Revise Health Insurance Site in Daily Online Examiner on 01/23/2015

    Earlier this week, it emerged that the White House's health insurance site, HealthCare.gov, was leaking information about visitors to ad networks. The data sent to ad networks potentially included people's ZIP codes, income levels, and health-related information, like whether they smoked or were pregnant, according to reports by The Associated Press and Electronic Frontier Foundation. By today, however, the site was reconfigured so that it's no longer leaking the information, the AP reports.

  • Anti-Piracy Group Sides With Miss AG Against Google in Online Media Daily on 01/23/2015

    The International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition this week asked a federal judge to deny Google's request for an injunction that would prohibit Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood from enforcing a subpoena for documents from the company. Google sought to enjoin Hood from following through on a threat to sue the company for enabling Web users to access "illegal" content.

  • FTC Consumer Protection Head Warns Ad Companies About Privacy in Daily Online Examiner on 01/22/2015

    The ad industry shouldn't "play games" with privacy by crafting policies that use language in ways that defy consumer expectations, Federal Trade Commission consumer protection head Jessica Rich said this week at an industry event. "If they purport to limit tracking based on sensitive data," Rich said, referring to industry privacy codes, "they shouldn't play games about what 'sensitive data' means, such as defining medical data to mean only official medical records."

  • Google, Viacom Prevail In Video Privacy Battle in Online Media Daily on 01/22/2015

    In a dismissal order issued this week, U.S. District Court Judge Stanley Chesler in New Jersey rejected the argument that data stored in cookies amounts to personally identifiable information. The decision ends a lawsuit dating to late 2012, when several children under 13 alleged that Viacom allows Google to set tracking cookies on Nick.com

  • Democrats Express Concern About Net Neutrality Compromise in Daily Online Examiner on 01/21/2015

    For at least a decade, Republican lawmakers have said there's no need for net neutrality regulations that would prohibit ISPs from blocking or degrading traffic. But now that the Federal Communications Commission appears poised to impose common-carrier rules on broadband companies, the GOP is changing its tune. Late last week, Republicans in the House and Senate unveiled a compromise bill that would require broadband providers to follow some net neutrality principles, and would ban ISPs from blocking sites, throttling content and from engaging in "paid prioritization" -- the industry term for charging companies higher fees for faster delivery of their content.

  • Dish Gets Partial Win In Battle Over Streaming TV in Online Media Daily on 01/21/2015

    Dish didn't violate Fox's copyright by streaming TV programs to Dish subscribers' smartphones and tablets, U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles has ruled. But Gee also said that Dish broke its contract with Fox by offering subscribers the opportunity to watch both live and recorded programs on devices other than television sets.

  • Amazon Criticizes GOP Net Neutrality Proposal in Daily Online Examiner on 01/20/2015

    Amazon is raising concerns about a net neutrality proposal unveiled late last week by Republicans. The draft bill, circulated by GOP lawmakers, would impose some net neutrality rules on broadband providers, including a ban on throttling and pay-for-play fast lanes. But the measure also would limit the Federal Communications Commission's power to craft new regulations.

  • Google Says FTC Settlement For In-App Purchases Requires Dismissal Of Class-Action By Parents in Online Media Daily on 01/20/2015

    Google recently agreed to refund at least $19 million in order to settle "family fraud" charges that it unfairly billed parents for their children's in-app purchases. Now, Google says its settlement with the FTC requires dismissal of a class-action lawsuit by parents Parents say in court papers that they "strongly disagree."

  • FCC's Republicans Oppose Obama On Muni-Broadband in Daily Online Examiner on 01/19/2015

    Last week, President Obama threw his support behind muni-broadband and called for an end to state laws that prevent cities from building their own networks. Shortly after his speech, the Commerce Department's official comments on the matter were filed. "Communities have a critical role in ensuring that the broadband needs of all of their citizens are met, particularly in unserved or underserved areas," Lawrence Strickling, assistant secretary for communications and information, said in a letter to the FCC. "The Administration urges the FCC to ensure that communities have the tools necessary to satisfy their citizens' demand for broadband."

  • GOP Unveils Net Neutrality Bill That Limits FCC's Power Over Broadband in Online Media Daily on 01/19/2015

    Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate have unveiled legislation that would require broadband providers to follow some Net neutrality principles, but would also prevent the Federal Communications Commission from enacting more stringent rules.

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