The Circuit:

Connected cars: An undercurrent of privacy concerns takes some of the gee-whiz excitement from automakers announcements about Web-connected cars that can download apps and pull mapping and other data from the world around them, The Washington Post reported.

The rising number of new applications for Web-connected cars has raised concerns that the technology is moving faster than the regulations about how to deal with all the data they collect, the report said, especially as the high-tech features find their way into more models.

Senate plans FCC oversight hearing: The Senate committee on commerce said Tuesday that it will call an oversight hearing of the Federal Communications Commission on March 12. All five FCC commissioners are expected to testify.

The committee conducts periodic oversight hearings on the agency’s actions.

A commerce subcommittee also announced witnesses for a separate hearing on cybersecurity, focused on President Obama’s recent cybersecurity order. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano is among those who will testify before the committee’s homeland security subpanel on Thursday.

House plans hearing on emergency communications: The House subpanel on technology said Tuesday that it will conduct a hearing on oversight of the First Responder Network Authority and Emergency Communications on March 14.

The subpanel has yet to release a witnesses list for the hearing, which will focus on testimony from those who want to partner with the government to build a national first-responder network. It will also examine other emergency communications issues.

Comcast updates Internet Essentials program: Comcast announced that its Internet Essentials program has connected more than 150,000 low-income families — an estimated total of 600,000 Americans — to the Internet.

The program, which has been operating for 16 months, provides low-cost Internet access to parents, and Comcast announced plans to extend eligibility to those with children in parochial and private schools. Comcast will also extend eligibility to families with homeschooled children.

Report says Pentagon cyberdefenses weak: A new report conducted by the Defense Science Board found that the Pentagon is unprepared for a cyber attack, according to a report from The Washington Post.

An unclassified version of the study, the report said, warns that the Pentagon must improve its offensive prowess and boost its research into the cyber-capabilities of other nations.

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.

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