SNOPA reintroduced in Congress: Reps. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Michael Grimm (R-N.Y) have reintroduced legislation that would limit how employers, schools and universities can ask employees, applicants and students for social networking information.
Under the Social Networking Online Protection Act (SNOPA), would prohibit institutions from requiring users to give up their log-in credentials and would also protect users from being punished for refusing these requests.
Former USPTO head hired by Cravath: Former United States Patent and Trademark Office head David Kappos has been hired by Cravath, Swaine and Moore as a partner to advise clients on intellectual property issues.
In a release, the law firm said that Kappos — who stepped down from his USPTO post last week — also will work with clients on litigation and antitrust matters.
FCC sunshine bill: Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and John Shimkus (R-Ill.) reintroduced a bill Wednesday that would modify a Federal Communications Commission rule that prohibits more than two FCC commissioners from speaking outside of an official public meeting. The new law would allow commissioners to speak to each other as long as no agency action is taken.
“If the FCC is expected to tackle some of the nation’s most pressing communications issues, Commissioners must have the ability to communicate freely,” said Eshoo, the ranking member of the House subpanel on technology.
Data efficiency bill: The House subpanel on technology also introduced a bill encouraging the federal government and others to use energy-efficient.
Supporters estimate that the Energy Efficient Government Technology Act would save taxpayer money by placing greater incentives on more efficient data center technology. Federal agencies would have to coordinate with the Office of Management and Budget to develop plans to implement the technology and conduct an annual evaluation of data center efficiency. It also would create an open data initiative that would make federal energy use data available for other firms to analyze — within in the bounds of what’s permitted for national security reasons.