A month ago, I noted the apparently ironic declaration of the “Bipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus”:
The Bipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus was designed to educate Members of Congress and their staff on matter of individual privacy, to provide a forum for the discussion of these issues, and to serve as a legislative advocate for personal privacy [...]
As time passes, the usefulness of the party labels “Democrat” and “Republican” as a reliable shorthand for policy preference seems to be falling away. Bipartisan coalitions for bills are there in the 113th Congress, if you look beyond the headlines for them.
Consider the Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance Act (also known as the “GPS Act”), [...]
Two congressional caucuses declare their interest in protecting Americans’ freedom from privacy invasions and liberty violations.
Bipartisan Privacy Caucus:
“The Bipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus was designed to educate Members of Congress and their staff on matter of indiviual privacy, to provide a forum for the discussion of these issues, and to serve as a legislative [...]
Because President Barack Obama has not bothered to open a web page for the underfunded, unstaffed and unchaired Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, the only way for members of the public to know about its activities is to pay close attention to this website maintained by the Federal Registry. Despite federal law, the Board [...]
On February 14 2013, the Senate Judiciary Committee was poised to consider the confirmation of David Medine as Chair of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB). For people who care about the U.S. Constitution and the preservation of constitutional liberty in America, this confirmation is a pretty big deal. It’s sad to say, [...]
Because the White House does not post any public information about the activities of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, the only record of its activities are held in the Federal Register. According to the Federal Register, the board has gone 114 days since its last public meeting. This inactivity reflects the lack of [...]
Last year, Senator Al Franken of Minnesota introduced a location privacy bill to the U.S. Senate that cleared the Senate Judiciary committee but didn’t make it onto the floor. The bill (read the text here) would have stopped the pernicious practice by corporate America of selling information about your location that you generate when you [...]
After three and a quarter years of non-existence, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board for the federal government was finally brought into being with the nomination and confirmation of four members in August of 2012. Unfortunately, this board cannot exercise any of its legal powers to investigate and report on unconstitutional activity within the [...]
The U.S. Senate has officially confirmed a working quorum of members to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. There is No Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.
Both statements are true. On August 3 2012, as the Obama administration notes, the U.S. Senate confirmed “four of the President’s five nominees to the Privacy [...]
Just last week, I added Opera web browser to my computer, in an attempt to diversify my approach to the Internet. There are so many different companies and government agencies collecting information about my online activities, I figure it’s safer to use different tools for different sorts of activities, reducing the chances that they’ll be [...]