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ITU treaty: Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) and Michael McCaul (R-Texas), co-chairs of the House Cybersecurity Caucus, praised the United States decision not to sign the International Telecommunications Union treaty that suggests additional regulation on the Internet.

“It appears that the telecom treaty considered in Dubai would result in a significant setback for anyone who believes free expression is a universal right,” said Langevin and McCaul.

The United Stats, Britain and Australia were among those who said they would not sign the treaty, which was finalized without a provision that addresses the content aspects of telecommunications.

In remarks Friday, National Telecommunications and Information Administration director Larry Strickling reaffirmed a commitment to the multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance and said it is the United States’s ”challenge” to convert more countries to that way of thinking.

Stalking apps: The Senate Judiciary committee passed the Location Protection Privacy Act Thursday, a bill introduced by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) dealing with location information on smartphones.

The bill would require apps to get permission from users before collecting location information and would require apps to disclose if data is shared with third parties. The bill applies to adults and children.

“I believe that Americans have the fundamental right to control who can track their location, and whether or not that information can be given to third parties,” said Franken. “But right now, companies — some legitimate, some sleazy — are collecting your or your child’s location and selling it to ad companies or who knows who else.”

USTR piracy report: The United States Trade Representative released a list of “notorious markets” for intellectual property rights, identifying countries that “exemplify wider concerns about global trademark counterfeiting and/or copyright piracy.”

The list, the USTR said, does not indicate findings of legal violations.

Over 30 sites and services are on the list, based in countries including China, Mexico and Russia.

FCC media ownership: Several Democratic members of the House Energy and Commerce committee wrote to the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday expressing deep concerns over Chairman Julius Genachowski’s proposed changes to media ownership rules.

Changing the rules, the lawmakers said, could damage the localism and diversity of the broadcast market. The FCC said that it will consider the issue next year.

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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