Sep 25, 2018

Trump administration asks for public input on data privacy proposal

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The Department of Commerce on Tuesday asked for public input on a "proposed approach" to consumer data privacy rules.

Why it matters: This could be the first step to an administration-backed privacy plan.

“The Trump Administration is beginning this conversation to solicit ideas on a path for adapting privacy to today’s data-driven world.”
— National Telecommunications and Information Administration chief David Redl in a statement.

The details: The agency will seek comment on a range of proposed outcomes for privacy rules, including —

  • That organizations should be “transparent” about their use of personal information.
  • That users should have a say over how their personal information is used.
  • That organizations “should be accountable” for their use of personal data.

What's next: Redl said on a call with reporters that the agency would "certainly consider" backing legislation as a path forward, if public comments supported that approach.

The bottom line: New European privacy regulations and rules just approved in California have put pressure on the Trump administration to articulate its own vision of privacy policy in the age of Facebook and Google.

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Biden formally secures Democratic presidential nomination

Joe Biden speaks at Delaware State University's student cente on June 5. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden became the formal Democratic presidential nominee on Friday evening, per AP.

The big picture: Biden has been the presumptive frontrunner to take on President Trump since Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign in early April.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 9 p.m. ET: 6,724.516 — Total deaths: 394,018 — Total recoveries — 2,996,832Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 9 p.m. ET: 1,894,753 — Total deaths: 109,042 — Total recoveries: 491,706 — Total tested: 19,231,444Map.
  3. Public health: WHCA president says White House violated social-distancing guidelines to make reporters "a prop" — Jailing practices contribute to spread.
  4. Sports: How coronavirus could reshuffle the sports calendar.
  5. Jobs: Better-than-expected jobs report boosts stock market.
  6. Media: The Athletic lays off 8% of staff, implements company-wide pay cut.

Scoop: German foreign minister to travel to Israel with warning on annexation

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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is expected to travel to Israel next week to warn that there will be consequences if Israeli leaders move forward with plans to annex parts of the West Bank, Israeli officials and European diplomats tell me.

Why it matters: Israeli and European officials agree that if Israel goes ahead with unilateral annexation, the EU will respond with sanctions.