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The Role of Facial Recognition for Law Enforcement

As facial recognition becomes widespread, the technology is raising concerns about privacy and security. 

December 17, 2019 — Deborah Collier 1576605671

A National Framework is Needed for Privacy Protection

Congress must promptly address consumer data privacy.

September 16, 2019 — Deborah Collier 1568642619

Time to Move Forward on a National Privacy Framework is Now

I was recently given a new watch by my husband.  He was excited about the watch because of all the great things it was going to do for me.  Even though I work on technology issues, the only real purpose of a watch in my mind is to tell time.  This is where I ran into trouble.

This watch is what is known as a connected device.  It will tell me when I have a text message or phone call coming in and will monitor my heart rate and count how many steps I take in a day.  What it won’t do until I connect it to my smart phone is tell me what time it is, and therein lies the problem.

July 24, 2019 — Deborah Collier 1563983070

The Net Neutrality Sham

Among the many problems with Sen. Ed Markey’s (D-Mass.) Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval of the Restoring Internet Freedom Order (RIFO) is the gaping hole in privacy protection that will occur if the legislation is enacted into law.  It is the one issue that supporters do not wish to be brought up or discussed publicly in their zeal to overturn the RIFO.

May 11, 2018 — Thomas Schatz 1526054242

An Open Internet Excludes Net Neutrality

There is a huge misunderstanding regarding net neutrality.  Silicon Valley dot-coms and big e-commerce corporations are pushing the idea that the Restoring Internet Freedom Order approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on December 14, 2017 somehow rolled back protections for consumers, and will lead to the end of the internet as we know it.  But, it did nothing of the sort.  It simply rolled back the heavy hand of government over the internet, and restored consumer protection to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which was stripped out by the 2015 Open Internet Order.

February 27, 2018 — Deborah Collier 1519772742

Microsoft/Ireland Case Poses Opportunity for Congress

Republicans and Democrats in Congress have a hard time agreeing on anything.  But, they might concur that it is not appropriate for law enforcement officials to order a cloud services provider to turn over customer data stored in another country without that country’s permission.

January 26, 2018 — Deborah Collier 1516989359

Time to Address FCC's Privacy Order

There is a point where over-regulation can lead to uncertainty.  Such is the case with the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Privacy Order.

March 21, 2017 — Deborah Collier 1490125412

ATF Fails to Comply with Appropriations Act Restrictions

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) operates 25 firearms-related data systems, 16 of which contain purchaser information given to the ATF by federal firearms licensees (FFLs).

August 5, 2016 — Rachel Cole 1470403634

IRS Hiring of Outside Litigator Appears to Violate Law and Infringe Privacy

In what appears to be an unprecedented and illegal action, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has apparently for the first time hired a law firm to assist in the income tax audit and investigation of a taxpayer.

May 19, 2015 — Thomas Schatz 1432062839

Make Vanishing Rights Reappear

The government cannot come into your home and rifle through your personal belongings without a warrant or a subpoena authorizing such a search.  However, unless the outdate Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), which was enacted in 1986, is amended, files stored online with cloud computing vendors, email service providers and others may be subject to such unauthorized searches.  Under ECPA’s current provisions, hundreds of federal entities, including the FBI, DEA, and IRS, as well as state and local law enforcement agencies, can demand access to emails and documents stored in the cl

September 18, 2013 — Deborah Collier 1379551940

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