A federal judge sided with privacy over taxes yesterday, signaling a victory for consumers in North Carolina. Now we’re waiting to see if this also means victory for consumers and online companies that sell into Colorado. A U.S. District Court in Seattle blocked North Carolina’s Department of Revenue from compelling Amazon to reveal the names […]
About Steve DelBianco
Steve DelBianco is Executive Director of NetChoice, where he works with members to set and execute the NetChoice agenda.
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There was a great discussion today at the New America Foundation on the technical measures of trust on the Internet and browser certificates. It was a geek-fest where nearly everyone laughed at Andrew McLaughlin’s Star-Trek analogies. But most policymakers are not so geeky, and associate Klingons with those things that stick to your clothing. […]
Yesterday I testified at a hearing by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley on commercial sexual exploitation and the Internet. When I first learned about it, I feared the worst: time to demonize the Internet. After all, the hearing announcement openly targeted Craigslist and websites generally. But this was not the case at all—as we heard, […]
The WSJ ran a front page, above-the-fold headline screaming that Facebook has had a privacy breach. For any business that holds personal data, there’s a mantra that goes, "Whatever you do, just make sure we’re never the subject of a WSJ story about breach of our customers’ data.” Companies are rightfully concerned about a data […]
Earlier this month, a coalition of ad and marketing associations made public a new self-regulatory program for behavioral advertising (or as we like to refer to them, “interest-based ads”). Will it be enough to whet the appetite of members of Congress waiting to chomp on the privacy bit when they get back in November? […]
The negative impact that a Streamlined Sales Tax (SST) would have on small businesses was once again the hot topic at this week’s meeting of the SST Governing Board. As readers of this blog know, NetChoice has consistently sounded the warning bell about the huge costs and compliance burdens small online retailers would face […]
At the Safe Internet Alliance event earlier this week there was a surprising amount of agreement on one aspect of sharing information on the Internet: eliminating the fear factor. “Facts, not fear” was a meme throughout the event. Rep. Boucher discussed how comprehensive privacy legislation encourages Internet use because consumers don’t need to fear […]
A tinge of sadness touches us upon news that the Progress and Freedom Foundation’s last day is this Friday. NetChoice has had ultimate respect for PFF over the years, and most recently for Adam Thierer and Berin Szoka – the tech policy experts among experts. Over the past few years, NetChoice worked closely with Adam […]
In an effort to prove the axiom that no good deed goes unpunished, lawmakers are now looking to potentially impose onerous and costly new rules on the private-sector companies that built and operate the vast majority of the nation’s critical Internet infrastructure. And as we expressed in a recent Reuters article, draft cybersecurity legislation could […]
Here’s one company that dominates search that isn’t named Google: ITA Software. ITA is #1 in air travel search, and its software is a highly regarded program for searching flights and fares. ITA even tests job applicants with complex brain teasers. In many ways, it’s like a small-scale Google. Which is why Google shouldn’t be […]
NetChoice engages in federal and state efforts to breakdown the barriers to e-commerce. Whether this involves dealing with taxes on the Internet and goods through the Internet, non-tech neutral privacy initiatives, or other international Internet issues, NetChoice will weigh in to protect the free operation of e-commerce.