SPYING VIA SET-TOP BOX? When FCC chairman Tom Wheeler unveils a proposal to disrupt cable set-top boxes next week, it will include privacy protections so that manufacturers don’t abuse the behavioral data they collect about viewers. “Federal rules prohibit cable companies from collecting ‘personally identifiable information’ on consumers without first getting their consent. They also prevent cable companies from sharing that data with third parties without subscribers’ written or electronic consent, except when it is necessary for providing cable service. Under Wheeler’s proposal, third-party set-top box makers could be subject to similar requirements, though not necessarily the same exact ones,” The Post reports.
PANEL OKAYS OPM NOMINEE: The Senate Homeland Security Committee approved Beth Cobert to head the Office of Personnel Management on a permanent basis. “Cobert has been the OPM’s acting director since June, when former Director Katherine Archuleta resigned in the wake of the data breaches that exposed over 22 million people’s personal information. In November, President Obama tapped Cobert to take over the agency full time. In her first few months on the job, Cobert received praise from both sides of the aisle for her work to overhaul the OPM’s archaic networks,” The Hill reports.