PRG News Roundup: March 29

By Alexia Ramirez

Congress overturned the FCC regulations created by the Obama Administration which would have required broadband providers to receive permission before collecting data on a user’s online activities.  Former Chairman of the FCC, Tom Wheeler, wrote an op-ed addressing the troubling ramifications of the repeal.

The European Commission announced it will propose new measures in June to make it easier for police to access data on encrypted apps such as WhatsApp. Law enforcement’s access to encrypted messaging app data has been a renewed subject of discussion in the wake of the London terrorist attack.

Google Maps will release a new feature which allows individuals to share their location with others.

Today the Supreme Court held in Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman that restrictions on how a seller describes legal transactions are speech restrictions. The Court remanded the case back to the lower court to determine whether the speech restriction was actually unconstitutional under the court’s commercial speech doctrine. Depending on how the court decides, the decision could affect how providers must convey information to users.