On September 26, 2018, the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation convened a hearing on Examining Consumer Privacy Protections with representatives of major technology and communications firms to discuss approaches to protecting consumer privacy, how the United States might craft a federal privacy law and companies’ experiences in implementing the EU General Data Protection Regulation and the California Consumer Privacy Act.
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On July 12, 2018, two U.S. Senators sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission asking it to investigate the privacy policies and practices of smart TV manufacturers. The Senators cite the history of unique privacy concerns raised by companies tracking information about the content viewers watch on TV.
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On January 9, 2017, Representatives Kevin Yoder (R-KS) and Jared Polis (D-CO) reintroduced the Email Privacy Act, which would amend the Electronic Communications Privacy Act to require government entities to obtain a warrant, based on probable cause, before accessing the content of any emails or electronic communications stored with third-party service providers, regardless of how long the communications have been held in electronic storage by such providers.
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On February 10, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Judicial Redress Act, which had been approved by the Senate the night before and included a recent Senate amendment. The Judicial Redress Act grants non-U.S. citizens certain rights, including a private right of action for alleged privacy violations that occur in the U.S.
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