Consumer advocates give Congress a different perspective on data privacy law

first_imgLawmakers heard from consumer advocates Wednesday on a potential data privacy law. Saul Gravy/Getty Images The road to a US data privacy law is paved with hearings.On Wednesday, the Senate commerce committee heard from consumer advocates on how lawmakers should craft a data privacy bill. Tech firms often have lawmakers’ attention — spending a record $65 million in lobbying last year — but Wednesday’s hearing gave consumer advocates the chance to voice their concerns.Witnesses included representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Future of Privacy Forum, Common Sense Media and the Irish Data Protection Commission, and their recommendations differed vastly from suggestions technology firms have made to Congress in past hearings. Among other things, the advocates urged federal legislators to protect state laws and give enforcers more resources to penalize companies that abuse people’s data.As privacy issues with tech giants like Facebook and Google continue to brew, US lawmakers are looking to pass legislation that can rein in how companies collect and use people’s personal data. Though the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation went into effect last May, the US doesn’t have a national equivalent regulating privacy.”It’s clear that companies have not adequately learned from past failures, and at the expense of consumers, we are seeing that self-regulation is insufficient,” Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell, a ranking member on the committee, said during the hearing.Without a federal law on privacy, a government watchdog found, there’s been weak enforcement against companies that mishandle millions of people’s data. Lawmakers have gone back and forth on a federal data privacy bill, with multiple Congress members proposing their own versions of potential legislation. Tech VIPs have also called for a federal data privacy law. Apple CEO Tim Cook has voiced his support for legislation, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has called for a privacy protection bill, and Google has shared its framework for what legislation should look like. Though there’s no federal law, multiple states have passed their own bills, including California, in a move supporters called a “milestone moment.” Tech companies are calling for a federal law that would pre-empt all the state laws that’ve already passed — telling lawmakers that multiple states with their own rules for privacy protection would lead to confusion. The advocates, on the other hand, have warned that a federal law that pre-empts state laws would be harmful to data privacy in the long run. Because technology advances fast and federal laws can’t keep up, it’s often up to states to draft new legislation. “We know firsthand that in many cases it has been states, not Congress, that have led efforts to protect consumers,” Neema Singh Giuliani, senior legislative counsel at the ACLU, said in her opening remarks. “These states have acted as laboratories. They’ve experimented and innovated with new ways to protect consumers.” The witnesses also called for stronger enforcement against tech companies. Under current laws, the Federal Trade Commission is limited in its resources when it comes to penalizing tech companies. Facebook is expecting an FTC fine of up to $5 billion, but the agency said it doesn’t have enough resources to enforce many data abuses.That’s different from the Irish Data Protection Commission, which has received 5,839 complaints in the 11 months since the GDPR came into effect, commissioner Helen Dixon said. The IDPC has 51 large-scale investigations underway, 12 of which are focused on major US tech companies, the commissioner said.Legislation should also limit how much data companies can harvest, with consumer advocates calling for data minimization. That would mean companies should be able to request only necessary data, and nothing else.”If I have a flashlight app, is it really reasonable for the app to require me to turn over all my location data or my financial data, just as a condition of using that app?” Giuliani said.If federal legislation passes, advocates said, there also needs to be a public awareness campaign on new privacy protections. And we need to see a shift from the legalese-filled privacy policies that people have routinely ignored, the witnesses said.”Clear, easy-to-use information is absolutely critical,” said Jim Steyer, founder of Common Sense Media. “This is complex stuff, and we need to make it very easy for consumers to understand what their rights are and how to exercise them.” Politics Security Tags 0center_img Share your voice Post a commentlast_img read more

India gets firstofitskind Bitcoin ATM kiosk in Bengaluru heres all you need

first_img Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:59Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:58?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … India’s first bitcoin ATM launched in Bangalorecenter_img Despite warnings by the Reserve Bank of India and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Unocoin Technologies Private Ltd has set up India’s first Bitcoin ATM in Bengaluru.Unocoin said that they are calling it a kiosk and not an ATM as many might mistake it for a regular machine from which they can withdraw cash.Unocoin, a blockchain solutions provider, has made it easier for Indians to trade bitcoins since the Indian government in February banned banks from trading cryptocurrency. Pixabay”We have a customer base of 13 lakh users and we are hoping that this will ease the pain points of customers after the ban,” says Sathvik Viswanath, CEO and founder, Unocoin.To trade cryptocurrency, Indians have to seek the help of known people living abroad, where the transactions are allowed, reports TOI.This was due to the unpredictability that the cryptocurrency posed to the markets.The bitcoin kiosk, which is similar to a normal ATM, has the card slot disabled. Instead, they will have to enter a 12-digit-pin which will allow them to withdraw money they made by trading the bitcoins. This will be done after the user contacts Unocoin and inform them of the amount they want to withdraw.”The user would then visit the Unocoin Kiosk to enter the reference number and OTP that was sent to his registered mobile number to withdraw the INR,” Unocoins was quoted by Times Now.The blockchain company added that for deposit, a one-time password and the user ID will be sent to the registered mobile number after which the customer can get the money deposited.While talking about cryptocurrency, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in his budget speech, “The government does not consider cryptocurrencies legal tender or coin and will take all measures to eliminate the use of these cryptoassets in financing illegitimate activities or as part of the payment system.”However, Vishwanath found a loophole in this statement.”The finance minister’s statement was very clear. He said cryptocurrencies are not legal tender in India. He did not say illegal tender. There’s a huge difference. It only means you bear the risk of your investment and there’s no regulation or the industry,” Vishwanath said.last_img read more

Alipore Zoo to trade giraffes with jaguars lions from Hyd

first_imgKolkata: Alipore Zoological Gardens will be soon sending two giraffes to Nehru Zoological Garden in Hyderabad in exchange for a pair of jaguars, two lions and six mouse deer that were procured in October 2017.Giraffes are very much in demand in zoos across the country and the city zoo boasts of having a collection of as many as 10 giraffes. “We have been able to do successful breeding of giraffes in the zoo, and currently, we have as many as 10 animals. We have procured two lions, two jaguars and six mouse deer against two giraffes which is a clear indication of the demand for these animals,” said Asis Kumar Samanta, director of Alipore Zoo. According to sources in Alipore Zoo, the two giraffes — one male and one female are named Sunny and Bunty. Sunny was born in June 2015, while Bunty in February 2017. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”We will be taking all precautionary measures for transportation of the animals by low height trailers which is around 2,500 km by road. Two keepers from our zoo will accompany these animals that are very calm by nature. There will be arrangements for food and anti-stress medicines,” Samanta said. The pair of jaguars, lions and mouse deer were kept in quarantine for a month and were set free in their enclosures sometime in December 2017. The mouse deer is found in parts of Central India and it is after a span of more than three decades that these animals became a part of Alipore Zoo. The last female jaguar had died in Alipore zoo in 2013 after a prolonged illness. The two pure Asiatic lions, which are hybrids of African and Asiatic lion have already emerged as the prime attraction for the visitors. The two lions in the zoo are aged and are hardly put on display.last_img read more

Were Getting a FullSize Commodore 64 in 2019

first_img There was much excitement back in 2017 when a C64 Mini got announced. However, the version that hit store shelves wasn’t without its problems, most notably the poor joystick. It did include 64 games and could run BASIC, but the keyboard didn’t function meaning you needed to plug another one in to type. An almost great release then, but not the end of the story.Retro Games Ltd., who gave us the C64 Mini, this week revealed we’re getting a follow-up device. This time it’s a full-size Commodore 64 complete with a working keyboard!Related: Inspiring Quotes From ’80s and ’90s MoviesOn Christmas Eve, the first photos of a working prototype were posted on Facebook. The images reveal an early version of the Commodore 64 direct from the manufacture and “small modifications” are likely. There is no release date yet beyond 2019, but with the pre-production prototype already created it will hopefully appear before the summer.Retro Games isn’t revealing the final spec just yet, but I’m confident they will have taken into account all the complaints and feedback received about the C64 Mini. It’s also pointed out in the Facebook post how much the Mini has been improved by recent firmware updates. At the very least that shows they are listening, which bodes well for the full-size Commodore 64.Related: The Most Successful Companies Led By EntrepreneursFor now, the C64 Mini can be picked up for just $50. As the next model is much larger and includes a functioning keyboard I expect it to cost more than the $79.99 price point the Mini launched at. If they can keep the price below $100 then it should do well and entice many Mini owners to make the upgrade. Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. This story originally appeared on PCMag Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 2 min read December 28, 2018last_img read more

New Siġġiewi Archpriest prepares meal for village feast volunteers

first_imgThe newly appointed archpriest Fr Josef Mifsud for Siġġiewi brought together the parishioners and various volunteers around the table, as the celebrated together with food.Fr Josef Mifsud invited all the volunteers who are involved in the organisation of St Nicholas feast to join, bringing together the two village band clubs, and the other organisations. Whilst preparations are underway for Sunday, the volunteers sat down and ate together.One of the volunteers described the event as a “beautiful moment” during which all the volunteers bonded and got to know one another better. He added that such an event during which rivalry was set aside sends a positive message, reminding that the Catholic spirit should be the main focus of the feasts organised by the parishes in Malta and Gozo.The feast will be celebrated this Sunday.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more