INTERNET DO NOT TRACK LEGISLATION
The House Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection subcommittee released
details on its hearing set for tomorrow regarding the "Do-Not-Track
Legislation: Is Now the Right Time?" It will "examine the feasibility of .
providing Internet users a simple and universal method to opt out from
having their online activity tracked by data-gathering firms."
The hearing's purpose is to address growing interest in privacy legislation
or regulations that curb the amount of data collected by Web sites. The
Federal Trade Commission is also expected this week to announce its report
Witnesses expected to be called are:
Daniel J. Weitzner, associate administrator for policy analysis at the
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
David Vladeck, director of the consumer protection bureau at the Federal
Susan Grant, director of consumer protection at the Consumer Federation of
Joe Pasqua, vice president of research at Symantec Corporation
Gail MacKinnon, executive vice president and chief government relations
officer at Time Warner Cable
Eben Moglen, professor of law at Columbia University and founding director
of the Software Freedom Law Center
Daniel Castro, senior analyst, for the Information Technology and Innovation
There are a number of bills pending which are concerned with this topic.
ISPLA's evaluation of them, thus far, is that they presently will affect
very few professional investigators, if any. That said, we will still
continue to monitor them to thwart any last minute amendments which may
affect our members.
ABA RED FLAGS LEGISLATION PASSES SENATE
The American Bar Association's all-out attack against the Federal Trade
Commission's attempt to regulate the practice of law was helped yesterday by
the U.S. Senate unanimously voting that the commission's "red flags rule"
doesn't apply to lawyers. Senators John Thune [R-ND] and Mark Begich [D-AK]
sponsored the bill to narrow the scope of the Red Flags Program
Clarification Act of 2010 in reference to Section 114 of the Fair and
Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 (FACT Act).
The legislation at issue, which seeks to curb identity theft among credit
and financial regulatory agencies through prevention and detection programs,
"makes clear" that lawyers, doctors, dentists, accountants and other heath
care and service providers "will no longer be classified as 'creditors' for
the purposes of the red flags rule just because they do not receive payment
in full from their clients at the time they provide their services, when
they don't offer or maintain accounts that pose a reasonably foreseeable
risk of identify theft," stated Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) into the record after
the vote. A vote is now expected on similar new legislation by the House.
The vote regarding the Red Flag Program Clarification Act of 2010 came as
the ABA awaits a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of
Columbia Circuit to affirm the district court's ruling to exempt lawyers
from the original legislation, the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act
AVIATION SECURITY THREATS
Finally, a topic of concern to our frequent flying investigative and
security professionals may be found at WWW.ISPLA.ORG <http://www.ispla.org/
in our "Security Related Topics" section where Stratfor Global Intelligence
has allowed us to post their report "Aviation Security Threats and
ISPLA Director of Government Affairs
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