K Ten News - Why Modern Digital Estate Planning and Password Sharing Don't Mix

“Professional estate planners and clients should seek lawful, effective, and secure ways to protect their digital assets that don’t require account or password sharing,” said Carl M. Szabo, NetChoice Senior Policy Counsel. We found several companies providing estate management solutions but only one, DCS did not require account passwords,” said Szabo. “This no password solution can help estate planners avoid violating federal and state laws and website privacy policies and Terms of Service.”

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Tucson News Now - Why Modern Digital Estate Planning and Password Sharing Don't Mix

“Professional estate planners and clients should seek lawful, effective, and secure ways to protect their digital assets that don’t require account or password sharing,” said Carl M. Szabo, NetChoice Senior Policy Counsel. We found several companies providing estate management solutions but only one, DCS did not require account passwords,” said Szabo. “This no password solution can help estate planners avoid violating federal and state laws and website privacy policies and Terms of Service.”

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Medium - How will it feel to ride in a driverless car?

After reading an op-ed from NetChoice senior policy counsel Carl Szabo regarding driverless car safety, I realize more than ever the importance of everyday citizens embracing the technology of self-driving cars.

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JD Supra – Illinois Geolocation Privacy Protection Act Vetoed By Governor Rauner

JD Supra – Illinois Geolocation Privacy Protection Act Vetoed By Governor Rauner

“By eliminating the disruptions and redundancies that were part of this bill, we will allow one of the state’s fastest growing industries to succeed,” said Carl Szabo, Vice President and General Counsel for NetChoice.

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Heartland News - Gov. Rauner vetos geolocation bill Friday

“The veto allows industry to continue to do what they do best – stimulate our state’s economy, create jobs, and develop safe and amazing innovations. Illinois needs to encourage those types of efforts and find new ways to attract people to this market,” said Vice President and General Counsel for NetChoice Carl Szabo. “By eliminating the disruptions and redundancies that were part of this bill, we will allow one of the state’s fastest growing industries to succeed.”

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Illinois Policy - Rauner Vetoes Bill to Restrict Collection, Use of Geolocation Data

Carl Szabo, senior policy counsel for the e-commerce trade association Net Choicewarned that the language of the bill was too vague for companies to know how to comply with it, and that it was an unnecessary attempt to regulate practices already covered under federal law.

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Keeping self-driving cars off the road is costing American lives

Last year was the deadliest on American roads in a decade — even as cars have never been safer. In 2016, 40,000 Americans died because of automobile accidents. That’s 100 Americans each day. That’s one death every seven minutes.

In most any other context, we would call this an epidemic and call on our resources to address this dilemma. Unfortunately, some are resisting the best solutions to this epidemic and trying to stop it with illogical arguments.

Human error is to blame for 93 percent of car accidents. So, the best solution is to look for ways to make us all better drivers — or perhaps make it so we don’t have to drive at all.

That’s why it’s so important that we clear the roads for development, testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles or as they are more commonly known, self-driving cars.

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POLITICO - Former congressman lobbying for NetChoice on sex-trafficking bill

“It’s the right aim, the right idea — but in some subtle yet critical respects, the wrong approach,” Cox said of SESTA in an email. “Proper application of the existing statute will punish the guilty while protecting the innocent.”

“One of the things we’re working on is to help clarify the legislative intent and clarify what Congress was thinking when it created Section 230 to help ameliorate the confusion in the courts,” Carl Szabo, senior policy counsel at NetChoice, said in an interview.

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Chicago Tonight WTTW - Geolocation Privacy Protection Act Awaits Action by Rauner

But it could be bad for users’ experience, says Carl Szabo, senior policy counsel for the trade association NetChoice which advocates for fewer restrictions on online businesses.

“Having more pop-ups when you use your device or different pop-ups can create confusion,” Szabo said. “[This bill] begins messing with the notices we’ve become accustomed to using and become familiar with. It requires custom notifications for each app.”

Szabo is also concerned about the language in the bill, which says geolocation information includes the “precise” location of the device. “[HB3449] doesn’t define precise. Is it exactly where I am now? Is it the address? Is it the city block? … Without that that definition I worry there can be abuses of the gaps in the legislative language,” Szabo said. “[The bill] has undefined terms that leave businesses open to legal action.”

Opponents, like Szabo, say consumers are already protected under the federal legislation, specifically Section 5 of The Federal Trade Commission Act.

“We already have the laws on the books to address the concerns being raised by sponsors and supporters of the bill,” Szabo said. “The FTC Act is decades old, well established and enforced vigorously. … It prohibits unfair or deceptive trade practices.”

Both the federal government and states’ attorneys can enforce the act, according to Szabo. “Complaints are filed fairly often by consumer advocate groups not only with the state attorney general but with the Federal Trade Commission itself,” he said.

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DOJ is not wielding its power to bring down online sex trafficking

If there is one thing we can all agree on, it’s that sex trafficking is a horrendous crime, really the worst of the worst. Those who knowingly facilitate sex trafficking — whether it be online or offline — should be prosecuted and put in jail. Robbing the promise and potential of a human life is an egregious offense. One prime example is the notorious Backpage.com website, the leading U.S. website for prostitution advertising.

In August, Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) set out to thwart sex trafficking on the internet with the introduction of the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA). The bill would modify Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to make it easier to prosecute websites that contribute to sex trafficking.

On first blush this may seem like a good idea, but two issues should make us reconsider this approach..

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