The electorate has spoken, and there will be four more years of a Barack Obama presidency. The Democrats have retained control of the Senate, and the Republicans have a comfortable margin in the House of Representatives. Since neither party has been given a mandate to govern, it means that either gridlock will continue or bipartisanship will return to Washington.
As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to
promoting the vast economic opportunity of the Internet and protecting
individual privacy, the National Science
and Technology Council has launched a new Subcommittee on Privacy and
Internet Policy. Populated by representatives from more than a dozen
Departments, agencies and Federal offices, and co-chaired by the two of us, the
subcommittee will develop principles and strategic directions with the goal of
fostering consensus in legislative, regulatory, and international Internet
In this digital age, a thriving and dynamic economy requires
Internet policies that promote innovation domestically and globally while
ensuring strong and sensible protections of individuals’ private information
and the ability of governments to meet their obligations to protect public
Recognizing the global nature of the digital economy and
challenges and develop approaches to meeting those challenges through
coordinated U.S. government action. The Subcommittee is committed to
fostering dialogue and cooperation between our Nation and its key trading
partners in support of flexible and robust privacy and innovation policies.
Such policies are essential to the health of competitive marketplaces for
online goods and services.
PARIS (Reuters) - The hero of France's top movie comedy of the moment is a French foreign minister who complains about American isolationism and says the Germans must be humored - but above all kept off the U.N. Security Council.
At a Social Media Week panel this week on digital privacy, it became clear how much data companies gather every time people sign in online. Even more concerning, no one seems to have a plan for how to protect that information.
EDMONTON — The Supreme Court of Canada on Friday struck down Alberta’s privacy law as unconstitutional in a case where a union photographed and videotaped people crossing a picket line during a long strike.
Union lawyer Gwen Gray said the high court’s unanimous decision to throw out the law shows how restrictive it is.
“The union is very pleased with the Supreme Court ruling. It has been a long court battle,” Ms. Gray said in an interview.
The end is near! No, we’re not talking about the Mayan apocalypse, but rather the federal government’s nearly two-year antitrust investigation of Internet search giant Google. The Federal Trade Commission and the Web titan are nearing a deal that would end the government’s probe into allegations that Google has used its search market power to harm rival companies unfairly, according to multiple reports. Google is poised to offer a set of voluntary concessions addressing complaints about its search practices, according to a D.C. source fanilar with the matter.
[AP] - The European Union's competition watchdog will investigate whether Google Inc. has abused its dominant position in the online search market -- the first major probe into the online giant's business practices.