• On February 28, 2013, Sen. John “Jay” Rockefeller IV, D-W.Va., Chair of the Senate Commerce Committee, introduced a bill called the “Do-Not-Track Online Act of 2013”. The bill would require the FTC to adopt rules within one year that enable consumers to block the tracking of their online activity. It carries an “opt in” requirement whereby a consumer must “affirmatively consent” after receiving “clear, conspicuous, and accurate notice” that an entity wishes to track them. The rules would be enforceable by the FTC and the states under Section 5 of the FTC Act and carry civil penalties not to exceed $15 Million for any one defendant. Further information about the bill, including the bill text and a summary, is available here.
  • On March 7, 2013, the House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet will hold a hearing titled “Abusive Patent Litigation: The Impact on American Innovation & Jobs, and Potential Solution” at 9:00 am Eastern in 2141 Rayburn. For more information, click here.