• Under Fire, Uber Promises To Protect Riders' Privacy
    Faced with mounting concerns about its practices, Uber this week publicly posted its privacy policy. Reportedly, Uber hadn't previously disclosed its privacy policy -- which is curious in itself, given that the company holds the type of information that nearly everyone agrees is sensitive: users' precise location history and credit card numbers. The company's move comes the same week that a journalist reported that the company tracked her whereabouts while she took an Uber car to the company's Long Island City office.
  • Google Defeats Challenge To Search Results, Ad Policies
    Back in 2006, when the listings site Kinderstart found itself excluded from Google's organic search results, the site filed a federal lawsuit against the search company. In 2007, U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel not only threw out the case, but ordered Kinderstart's lawyer to pay Google $7,500 in sanctions. Last week, Google once again defeated a challenge to its practices.
  • Car Industry's New Code Requires Drivers' Consent To Share Location Data
    Car manufacturers won't be able to provide precise geolocations for automobiles to marketers without drivers' opt-in consent under a new privacy code adopted by the industry.
  • FCC Questions AT&T About Threat To Delay Fiber Rollout
    Net neutrality advocates have spent the better part of this year urging the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify broadband as a "telecommunications" service. That push gained significant momentum this week, after President Barack Obama called on the agency to declare that broadband will be regulated as a utility -- a move that many observers think is necessary in order for the agency to pass the kinds of net neutrality regulations that would prohibit companies from creating paid fast lanes. The FCC hasn't yet said what it intends to do, but Internet service providers are wasting no time making clear that ...
  • GOP Warns FCC Against Reclassifying Broadband As Utility
    Earlier this week, immediately after President Barack Obama said that broadband should be regulated as a utility, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) posted a much-mocked tweet comparing Internet access to health care. "'Net Neutrality' is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government," he posted on the microblogging service.
  • Pew Study: Two Thirds Say Gov't Should Limit Ways Advertisers Use Personal Data
    Almost two out of three Americans think the government should limit how advertisers draw on consumers' personal information. That's according to the Pew Research Center, which earlier today released the report, "Public Perceptions of Privacy and Security in the Post-Snowden Era."
  • IAB To FTC: Stop Focusing On Advertisers' Use Of Consumer Data
    The Federal Trade Commission should stop focusing on how advertisers use data about consumers, the industry trade group Interactive Advertising Bureau says. "It is where there are actual harms -- not theoretical or speculative harms -- that the Commission can be the most effective in carrying out its mandate of protecting the American consumer," IAB General Counsel Mike Zaneis says in comments submitted after the FTC's recent "big data" workshop. "To that end, the Commission's continued focus on advertising -- a topic explored once again in the Workshop -- does the Commission (and by extension the public) a disservice," he ...
  • Obama's Net Neutrality Stance 'Baffles' Internet Service Providers
    Democratic lawmakers, consumer rights groups and other net neutrality advocates are cheering the news that President Barack Obama publicly called on the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify broadband service as a utility. Digital rights organizations including Free Press, Public Knowledge, and the Center for Democracy & Technology likewise praised the president for explicitly urging the FCC to reclassify broadband.
  • Aereo Sheds Staff, Closes Boston Office
    It looks like online video distributor Aereo has decided it can no longer afford to continue burning $1 million a month. This week the company told employees that it would shutter the Boston office and lay off 43 people. Aereo will continue to operate a small New York office, but with a skeletal crew.
  • Verizon Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise
    Verizon today floated a new compromise over Net neutrality. The telecom suggests in a new blog post that it won't sue over any net neutrality rules that ban "harmful paid prioritization," provided the Federal Communications Commission doesn't reclassify broadband service as a utility.
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