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ISPLA: DO NOT TRACK, RED FLAGS LEGISLATION & AIRPORT SECURITY

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  • Peter Psarouthakis
    INTERNET DO NOT TRACK LEGISLATION The House Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection subcommittee released details on its hearing set for tomorrow regarding
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      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
      on Internet privacy policy recommendations.

      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
      Trade Commission

      Susan Grant, director of consumer protection at the Consumer Federation of
      America

      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
      Foundation

      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
      of 2003.

      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
      Realities."

      Bruce Hulme

      ISPLA Director of Government Affairs



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