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December 31, 2019

In considering revisions to COPPA, the FTC should carefully weigh these unintended effects, especially if the FTC is considering more detailed regulations that will impose additional compliance costs on sites targeted towards children. Such additional costs of regulation can readily be absorbed by large entities, such as Google and YouTube, but may put a smaller site out of business or give it an incentive to arrange their content to avoid being regulatorily labeled as a site directed to children. The results of more extensive regulation, including more complex processes and procedures for tracking and reporting on all use of children’s personal information, may reduce the quality and variety of child-appropriate content available.

December 13, 2019

In the latest episode of the Fourth Branch Podcast, Ashley Baker and Jennifer Huddleston discuss how an Illinois biometric privacy law offers a cautionary tale for policymakers as they consider data privacy regulations. What makes this law so powerful is that it allows for a private right of action for individuals to bring suit and pursue damages for violations of the act even if they suffered no injury.

December 12, 2019

In Title Source, Inc. v. HouseCanary, Inc. (currently on appeal), a Texas jury awarded more than $700 million in compensatory and punitive damages to a real estate valuation startup. The case raises many questions - do the plaintiff’s claims about stolen trade secrets hold up to scrutiny? Is the judgement realistic, and do the damages in this case have broader ramifications for the future?

November 25, 2019

This newsletter is a roundup of recent developments in artificial intelligence technology and policy including agency activities, legislation, hearings, international developments, other articles of interest, and a list of relevant events. This time we have included a few items related to privacy that may also be of interest

November 20, 2019

In a new Federalist Society Regulatory Transparency Project podcast, Ashley Baker, director of public policy at the Committee for Justice, and Jennifer Huddleston, research fellow at the Mercatus Center, discuss the implications of the Supreme Court's decision that the warrantless seizure of the cell phone location records violate the Fourth Amendment.

November 13, 2019

With emerging debates around facial recognition technology, the issue of regulating biometric access technologies has become more prominent. San Fransisco, notably, has banned government use of facial recognition, and states like Illinois and Texas have also begun more agressive regulations on biometrics.

October 16, 2019

The Committee for Justice joined a group of 71 free-market organizations and activists, lead by Americans for Tax Reform, in opposing Speaker Pelosi's proposal to impose a 95 percent tax on pharmaceutical manufacturers.

October 10, 2019

The Committee for Justice joined a group of free-market organizations and activists, lead by the American Conservative Union, in supporting the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act, H.R. 2426.

October 4, 2019

Emanating from another Eastern District of New York prosecution, an octogenarian Mafioso, Vincent Asaro, who may or may not have been involved with the famous Lufthansa heist so epically depicted in Martin Scorsese’s classic Goodfellas, has filed a cert petition with the Supreme Court, requesting it resolve: “Whether the Fifth and Sixth Amendments prohibit a federal court from basing a criminal defendant’s sentence on conduct underlying a charge for which the defendant was acquitted by a jury.”

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