Don’t Surrender Free Speech in Effort to Regulate Online Political Ads

There has been much speculation about the online advertisements placed by Russian agents in last year’s presidential election. Was this a plot to swing the outcome? Or was it an effort to create chaos and divide our country?

Whatever the reason, there is one thing we can all agree on: foreign meddling in the domestic affairs of the United States cannot be tolerated and must be stopped.

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BNA Bloomberg - Will Goodlatte’s Retirement Lead to Federal Digital Tax Solution?

However, the congressman has nearly a year left on Capitol Hill, a period of time that won’t go to waste, Steve DelBianco, president and CEO of NetChoice, a Washington-based internet commerce trade association, told Bloomberg Tax.

“There is still plenty of time for Goodlatte to cement his legacy as a thoughtful and principled leader, and I expect he will be central to the internet tax debate right through his last day in Congress,” DelBianco said, adding that “court consideration of Quill will remind everyone that the Constitution gives Congress the power to regulate interstate commerce.”

DelBianco noted that due to GOP self-imposed term limits, Goodlatte would’ve relinquished his chairmanship at the close of the 115th Congress anyway.

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Plain Text - Public Comments on the FTC Privacy and Security Workshop: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Carl Szabo at NetChoice points out that such an approach effectively creates a “guilty before proven innocent” regime, and unjustly puts the burden of proof on the accused. Furthermore, such an arrangement has already been prohibited by the Supreme Court in Spokeo v. Robins.

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Washington Post - Internet companies drop opposition to bill targeting online sex trafficking

NetChoice, another Internet trade group that has brought lawsuits against state laws imposing sales tax mandates and privacy restrictions, used former congressman Chris Cox, who co-wrote the Communications Decency Act, to testify in the House last month that there were better ways to address the problem.

Steve DelBianco, president of NetChoice, said Monday that it was “good to see the progress made from collaborative efforts on all sides,” but that the group still favored using existing laws to go after online traffickers, as Cox advocated. “Federal prosecutors are apparently having trouble bringing sex traffickers to justice — even though they’re explicitly unhindered by Section 230″ of the Communications Decency Act, DelBianco said. “We need stronger legal remedies than just amending” the anti-sex-trafficking statute, he added.

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digiBoston - Crutchfield sues Mass over online taxes, unions protest Siemens

The Salem News also notes that NetChoice—a group representing online retailers like eBay and PayPal—is arguing “that the Baker administration doesn’t have the authority to tax businesses with no actual presence in Massachusetts.”

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Daily News of Newburyport - Va. company sues Mass. over online taxes

NetChoice — a group that represents online retailers, including Overstock.com, eBay and PayPal — argues that the Baker administration doesn’t have the authority to tax businesses with no actual presence in Massachusetts.

The group filed a legal challenge earlier this year blocking a similar policy that was supposed to go into effect July 1. Revenue officials rewrote the rules to get around issues raised by a state judge and imposed a Oct. 1 start date for the new policy.

NetChoice Director Steve DelBianco said the case could set a precedent.

“Crutchfield’s lawsuit relies on an existing Virginia law designed to protect Virginia businesses from the reach of a tax collector from a state where the business has no physical presence whatsoever — which is exactly what Massachusetts is trying to do”

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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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