MeriTalk compiles a weekly roundup of contracts and other industry activity. Here’s what happened this week in the Federal Information Technology community. […]

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Advocates of the Federal Trade Commission’s stance on online consumer privacy are urging the Federal Communications Commission to delay the vote on new regulations in order to consider the consequences of the rules.


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The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act , a rule passed in 1998 dictating that parents must grant consent before allowing their children under 13 to access certain websites, must adapt as technology develops, the FTC said.



The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Attorney General on June 29, arguing that a section of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act unconstitutionally criminalizes research aimed at determining whether online algorithms result in discrimination against certain races, genders, and other minority groups.


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Ashkan Soltani, the former CTO at the Federal Trade Commission who joined the White House in December to advise U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith, is stepping down after being denied a security clearance. Soltani played an active role in the Washington Post’s reporting on the National Security Agency surveillance programs leaked to the media by Edward Snowden.