Entries by Carl Szabo

Big Tech likes rules, so long as it writes them

The Times (UK) Carl Szabo is general counsel of NetChoice, one of tech’s most aggressive lobbyists, whose members include Google, Facebook, Twitter and Yahoo. He spends most of his time beating back two arguments: that tech companies are too big and should be broken up, and that section 230 — the “liability shield” that has fuelled their rise […]

NetChoice Raises concerns with Rep. Castor’s COPPA Bill

Today, Rep. Castor introduced legislation to expand COPPA. Here is NetChoice’s statement: “Rep. Castor’s bill would further distract COPPA from focusing on its original goal – to protect children from online predators,” said Carl Szabo, Vice President and General Counsel at NetChoice. “By removing the ability for young people to receive content tailored to their […]

House Bill Would Allow Suits Over Kids’ Privacy Violations

Bloomberg Government “Empowering the plaintiff’s bar to go after every business is the surest way to eliminate age appropriate content for young people,” said Carl Szabo, vice president and general counsel at NetChoice, a trade group whose membership includes Google and Twitter. “Just as COPPA was responsible for decimating innovative content for children, a private […]

Section 230 Doesn’t Just Protect the Internet — Newspapers, and TV Stations Rely On It Too

Medium Section 230 is based on the vital principle of conduit immunity — a principle relied on from cable news to bookshops to social media. The law that powers the internet, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (1996), is constantly mischaracterized. To some, it’s the law that makes online platforms like Yelp, GoFundme, and Change.org […]

Media Cheered AB5 Law Now Causing Media Layoffs

Wall Street Journal Your editorial “California Runs Off the Road” (Jan. 24) highlights the many problems California’s new AB5 law has caused for employees across the state. The overregulation of independent contractors, resulting in the persecution of freelance journalism in the state, has led to hundreds of journalist layoffs. Lower advertising dollars or decreased readership […]

NetChoice Voices Concerns with Dept. of Interior Restrictions on Drone Usage

Today, NetChoice voiced concerns with plans released by the Department of the Interior to formally ban non-emergency use of foreign-made drones. “Drone restrictions based on nationality rather than security standards won’t protect our nation from cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Discrimination against foreign-made drones means our country won’t have access to the best technologies,” said Carl Szabo, Vice […]

Feds Ground 800 Drones Over Fears About Chinese-Made Tech

Reason Magazine “Drone restrictions based on nationality rather than security standards won’t protect our nation from cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Discrimination against foreign-made drones means our country won’t have access to the best technologies,” says Carl Szabo, vice president of NetChoice, which advocates for free markets in technology. “What we really need are cybersecurity standards for drones […]

The House Democrat Taking On Silicon Valley

Politico “You can’t just ignore facts that don’t prove your presupposed conclusions. That’s not how ‘investigations’ work,” says Carl Szabo. “Especially from the Judiciary Committee? We should be better than that.” On a warm Friday in October, sun streamed in the window of Szabo’s K Street offices, decorated with thick books on telecommunications law, a LEGO R2-D2 and […]

Senate impasse on Huawei

Politico Morning Tech 2020 tech watchers are still reeling, meanwhile, from surprise support from Democratic front-runner Joe Biden for nixing the online liability protections of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Tech trade group NetChoice rushed to slam Biden’s comments, saying that scrapping the prized provision “would prevent online services from effectively curating content created by […]