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Kerry: Self-regulation alone won’t protect online privacy #thecircuit

Kerry calls for more than self-regulation on privacy: Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) said Thursday that industry self-regulation is not adequate to protect consumers online, and renewed his call for a baseline online privacy law.

In a hearing of the Senate subpanel on communications and technology, Kerry said that self-regulation, “though improved under the pressure of agency and policymaker advocacy, remains inadequate and can only cover those who volunteer to participate, not all collectors of our personal information.”

Verizon unwilling to consider net neutrality in cable deal: Verizon Chief Executive Lowell McAdam said Thursday that he would not consider accepting a net neutrality condition on its pending deal with cable companies. McAdam told Politico that Verizon would not consider such a provision to win government approval.

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) issued a statement saying that Verizon “does not get to dictate conditions on its own deal,” and called on the Justice Department and the FCC to impose strong open Internet conditions on Verizon if the government approves the deal.

Supreme Court dismisses First American: The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed the First American suit, which technology companies and privacy advocates were watching closely because of its possible implications on privacy policies. The case, which would have determined whether or not users could sue companies for violating laws even if there was no demonstrable harm, was dismissed with no explanation.

As SCOTUSBlog noted, this means that the Ninth Circuit’s decision that such cases do have standing “remains intact.”

FCC to look at next-generation mapping: In a tentative agenda for its July meeting, the Federal Communications Commission said that it will look at using mapping technology to accomplish the agency’s objectives. The agency has also scheduled an update on the users of white space technology.

T-Mobile loses CEO to Vodafone: T-Mobile USA announced late Wednesday that its chief executive, Philipp Humm, was leaving the company after two years in the top seat and was returning to Germany, in part to be with his family.

Close on the heels of the release, Vodafone — a rival of T-Mobile parent Deustche Telekom — had a staffing announcement of its own: Humm will now be its chief executive for the Central and Southern European regions.

T-Mobile’s chief operating officer, Jim Ailling, will serve as interim chief executive while the company conducts a search.

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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