Lawmakers from around the county just introduced 30 new privacy laws in what Buzzfeed calls “a bipartisan, state-led effort to bolster consumer protection and limit the government’s surveillance powers.” As Buzzfeed reports: “Legislators from both parties are drawing from the state-based strategy of the marriage equality movement and marijuana legalization efforts.”
Even though Netflix has long lobbied for net neutrality rules, the company now says it supports T-Mobile's Binge On service. Binge On lets consumers stream video from dozens of companies, including Netflix, without counting the data against users' caps. "It’s voluntary to the customer. Every customer of T-Mobile can decide to turn it on or turn it off," Hastings said in an earnings call.
Lawmakers in 16 states have introduced new privacy bills that cover a broad swath of topics, including email, social media and cell phone data. The bills were introduced on Wednesday as part of a lobbying initiative by the ACLU. veryone should be empowered to decide who has access to their personal information,” ACLU executive director Anthony Romero said in a statement.
Math professor Paul-Olivier Dehaye describes how he obtained data associated with his cookies and Apple ad identifiers from the ad company Turn. "Turn initially fought against this request, but quickly caved when I started suing them," he writes. "Now everyone should have an easier time asking for their data."
Europe's top antitrust regulator plans to examine whether data collection by Google and Facebook violates laws aimed at preserving competition. “If a few companies control the data you need to cut costs, then you give them the power to drive others out of the market,” Margrethe Vestager said Sunday at a conference of digital executives and policy makers, The New York Times reports.
The Federal Communications Commission recently met with representatives from Comcast, AT&T, and T-Mobile to discuss their recent decisions to exempt some material from data caps, Ars Technica reports. "FCC staff had productive discussions with company representatives as part of a larger policy examination of trends in the market. We cannot comment on the details of individual meetings," an FCC spokesperson told Ars Technica.
Netflix said today that it will move to stop people from streaming videos that aren't yet available in their countries. "In coming weeks, those using proxies and unblockers will only be able to access the service in the country where they currently are," David Fullagar, Netflix's VP of content delivery architecture, wrote in a blog post.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, copyright enforcement outfit Rightscorp and BMG Rights Management will pay $450,000 to more than 2,000 alleged file-sharers in order to settle robocalling allegations. The companies were accused of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by robocalling alleged copyright infringers and demanding that they pay $20 for sharing content online. Robocall recipients are each eligible to receive $100 of the settlement.
Lawmakers in the House of Representatives have approved a bill that limits exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act. The measure also bill creates an online portal for FOIA requests, and calls for agencies to post some records on the Web.
A Kentucky lawmaker has proposed legislation that would mandate a one-hour waiting period before anyone could post information "identifying the potential victims" of serious injury. Even if the bill passes, it likely would face challenges in court, Ars Technica reports.