Senate Panel Examines Data Broker Industry; Releases Staff Report

By | Inside Privacy | December 19, 2013

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing entitled, “What Information Do Data Brokers Have on Consumers, and How Do They Use It?”   Committee members expressed interest in bringing about greater transparency to what information is collected by data brokers and how it is used at the hearing, which consisted of a single panel of witnesses from the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, the World Privacy Forum, Experian, and the Direct Marketing Association.

A Hypothetical – Living in a State of De-Nile: Are Commercial Drones Viable?

By | Tilting the Scales | December 19, 2013
A Hypothetical – Living in a State of De-Nile: Are Commercial Drones Viable?

Soon, the days of having to wait for your online purchase to arrive may be a thing of the past.  Nile, giant online retailer of everything from books to breakfast cereal, announced that it intended to deploy a fleet of commercial drones to deliver packages mere minutes after your order is placed.  Are there legal hurdles that might ground Nile’s ambitious plan?