• This past week, Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., unveiled a discussion draft of a new bill he’s calling the Application Privacy, Protection and Security (APPS) Act of 2013. APPS would regulate how the developers of mobile applications, including mHealth apps, collect personal data. If enacted, it would require developers to disclose how they collect personal data and what other parties would have access to that data. In addition, the legislation would allow consumers to prevent developers from sharing or collecting their data. Under the proposed legislation, the FTC would be required to adopt implementing rules within a year of its enactment and would be charged with enforcing those rules. States’ attorneys general would also be authorized to enforce the statute. The text is available here.
  • The IEEE Power & Energy Society has announced its fourth Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) to be held February 24-27, 2013, in Washington, DC. The ISGT Conference will provide a forum for participants to discuss state-of-the-art innovations in smart grid technologies. According to the announcement, it will feature “plenary sessions, panels, technical papers, and tutorials by international experts on smart grid applications.” Researchers and practitioners from around the world are also invited to submit papers for review and possible presentation at the ISGT Conference. More information about the ISGT Conference is available here.