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COVID-19 privacy protection bill introduced with bipartisan support

COVID-19 privacy protection bill introduced with bipartisan support

Enlarge / A global pandemic is no excuse for sticking your nose in other people's private data. A group of lawmakers from both parties is putting forth legislation that aims to protect Americans' privacy and personal data while advancing public health initiatives in the face of COVID-19. Well over 100,000 people in the United States…
“Fired for being right”: Trump admin whistleblower testifies to Congress

“Fired for being right”: Trump admin whistleblower testifies to Congress

Enlarge / Rick Bright, former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, steps out of the hearing room before testifying about the government response to the novel coronavirus pandemic to the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Capitol Hill May 14, 2020 in Washington, DC.Getty Images | Chip Somodevilla US Rep. Anna Eshoo…
Republican Congress members upset banks dropping support for fossil fuels

Republican Congress members upset banks dropping support for fossil fuels

Last week, Republican House members sent a letter to President Donald Trump in which they decried banks' recent re-evaluations of the risks of fossil fuel investments. While the letter doesn't call for any particular action, it repeatedly mentions the assistance offered to banks via the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act 9 (CARES Act),…
Senator backing anti-crypto bill calls out Zoom’s lack of end-to-end crypto

Senator backing anti-crypto bill calls out Zoom’s lack of end-to-end crypto

Richard Blumenthal, the US senator sponsoring a bill that critics say will limit the use of encryption, is calling for an investigation of video-conference provider Zoom, in part over its false claim it offered... end-to-end encryption. The Connecticut Democrat is a sponsor of the EARN IT (Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies) Act…
Senators push to allow remote Senate votes during emergencies

Senators push to allow remote Senate votes during emergencies

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Enlarge / Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).Win McNamee/Getty Images Two senior senators—Republican Rob Portman of Ohio and Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois—are introducing legislation to allow Senate votes to be held remotely. "In times of extraordinary national crisis, the Senate must be able to convene and act expeditiously even if we can't be together…
Congress Considers Bipartisan Compromise Legislation On Surprise Medical Bills

Congress Considers Bipartisan Compromise Legislation On Surprise Medical Bills

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Consumers often get hit with large surprise medical bills after an emergency and in other situations when they're seen by out-of-network providers. A bipartisan push to curtail the practice is making its way through Congress. Paul Burns/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Paul Burns/Getty Images Consumers often get hit with large surprise medical bills after…
Senate takes another stab at privacy law with proposed COPRA bill

Senate takes another stab at privacy law with proposed COPRA bill

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Enlarge / Sen. Maria Cantwell during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Aug. 22, 2018. Perhaps the third time's the charm: a group of Senate Democrats, following in the recent footsteps of their colleagues in both chambers, has introduced a bill that would impose sweeping reforms to the current disaster patchwork of US privacy law.…
FTC head asks Congress genuine personal privacy laws he can implement

FTC head asks Congress genuine personal privacy laws he can implement

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Enlarge / FTC Chairman Joseph Simons testifying about antitrust matters before a Senate committee in September 2019. In testimony before a House subcommittee Wednesday, Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joseph Simons renewed his call for Congress to pass new privacy legislation, telling representatives, essentially, he can't enforce a law that doesn't exist. Simons was on Capitol…
Congress worried teens’ preferred app is nationwide security risk

Congress worried teens’ preferred app is nationwide security risk

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Enlarge / Visitors visit the booth of Douyin (TikTok) at the 2019 smart expo in Hangzhou, China, Oct. 18, 2019. Trade War! USA v. China View more stories Two senators are pressing for an investigation into TikTok, a short-form video app that's mostly popular with teenagers, for potential national security concerns. Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.)…
Republicans storm ultra-secure “SCIF,” some with cellular phone blazing [Update]

Republicans storm ultra-secure “SCIF,” some with cellular phone blazing [Update]

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Enlarge / The US House of Representatives. On Wednesday, Republican lawmakers committed a major breach of security guidelines when they carried cell phones as they tried to force their way into a secure room where a closed-door impeachment hearing with a Defense Department official was taking place. At least one House member, Rep. Matt Gaetz…

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