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  • GAO To Congress: Revisit Privacy Concerns Over Facial Recognition Technology

    GAO To Congress: Revisit Privacy Concerns Over Facial Recognition Technology

    Today, Senator Al Franken announced a new report by the GAO on the use of facial recognition technology. Franken has been on the side of looking into the privacy implications on that type of tech and says today that the report shows that there needs to be a set of federal standards in place before widely adopted. Read More

  • Senator Al Franken’s Concerns About Uber’s Privacy Policy Linger

    Senator Al Franken’s Concerns About Uber’s Privacy Policy Linger

    U.S. Senator Al Franken today sent another letter to Uber’s Travis Kalanick, probing the embattled CEO to provide more information about the company’s privacy policies. Franken, a Minnesota Democrat, first contacted Kalanick about the car service’s policies in November. The inquiry came after BuzzFeed reported that an Uber executive suggested the company would intimidate… Read More

  • GOP Net Neutrality Proposal Draws Ire, Praise

    GOP Net Neutrality Proposal Draws Ire, Praise

    A preliminary Congressional GOP net neutrality plan earned modest praise today from the Internet Association, while Senator Al Franken tried to rally his troops this morning in the opposite direction. Congressional hearings on net neutrality are planned for next week. The Internet Association, which counts Facebook and Uber as members, managed to produce a lukewarm statement concerning the… Read More

  • The Mobile Privacy Hearings: Senators Prod, Apple And Google Defend

    When researchers Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden announced at the Where 2.0 Conference in Santa Clara a few weeks ago that iPhones and 3G iPads are storing records of where their users are and where they’ve been, the news created quite a stir. Google also stores a similar list on Android devices, so naturally questions have swirled in the last few weeks around how both Apple and Google… Read More

  • Can Al Franken Save Net Neutrality?

    It looks like Sen. Al Franken, of Minnesota, wants to be Net Neutrality’s white knight. In the end, it doesn’t matter who want to be “that guy” so long as there’s a voice in Washington saying the right thing. Because as much as we can bang on here about Net Neutrality, we don’t exactly have millions of dollars to lobby Congress to see our point of view. Read More

  • Al Franken Needs Your Help To Save Net Neutrality

    Al Franken, the junior senator from Minnesota, wants you to help him save Net Neutrality. Given that Google may or may not be actively plotting to destroy Net Neutrality, it may be worth your time to sign the petition. Read More