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Net neutrality: Congress, FCC

Democrats will try the Republicans’ favorite trick to save net neutrality

December 18th, 2017

In a 3-2 vote last week, the Federal Communications Commission voted to overturn 2015 net neutrality rules. The vote was a win for big telecoms companies, who framed the rules as government regulation gone wild. Public opinion is strongly behind net neutrality, however, and that favorability is emboldening Senate Democrats to actually do something. In …

How to Protect Your Privacy Online

What you can do now that Congress sold out your online privacy

March 29th, 2017

Yes, Congress did “sell you out” earlier this week, by passing a bill that will let internet service providers (ISPs) collect your browsing data and use it for their financial gain. But that doesn’t mean that all hell will break loose, or that there aren’t ways to still try to protect that precious personal data now that …

Congress Airline Seating Regulation

Congress refuses to make air travel more comfortable

February 12th, 2016

Congress is nowhere near ready to regulate seating on passenger jets, and a recent vote in House committee proves it. In other words, airlines can keep shrinking airplane seats and make air travel as uncomfortable as they want without worrying about breaking any laws.

WTF is CISPA?

May 2nd, 2012

The United States House of Representatives voted last Thursday to pass a piece of legislation called the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA. The controversial bill now sits in the hands of the Senate and faces further modifications if it hopes to gain approval from the White House, which has already gone on record with …

Congress blocks law that would prevent employers from demanding Facebook passwords

March 29th, 2012

A proposed amendment to FCC legislation that would have prevented current or potential employers from seeking access to employee Facebook accounts was shot down by the House of Representatives on Wednesday. The amendment was put forth by Democratic Congressman Ed Perlmutter, and it was defeated 236 to 184 with only one republican voting in favor of the change. “Nothing …

Google responds to Congress’s concern over new privacy policy

January 31st, 2012

Google on Monday announced that the company would combine individual privacy policies from a variety of its products into one main policy. Critics of the change were worried that Google was now collecting more data than before, and the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee demanded answers. The Mountain View-based company has now responded to Congress and defended …