By Marc Heller, E&E NewsApr. 19, 2018 , 2:25 PM Originally published by E&E News. A disease that kills millions of pigs a year may soon meet its match — if two federal agencies can agree on the idea. Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus is one of the latest examples of a condition that scientists believe they can beat with genetic engineering, and one that's caught up in a disagreement between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over how quickly such methods should be approved, and by whom. On one side: FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, whose agency regulates genetically engineered food similarly to a drug. On the other: Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, pushing for faster approvals of a wide range of biotechnology that could block animal diseases and help cows produce more milk, among other benefits. "I think Dr. Gottlieb and I have disagreed about FDA's position on that," Perdue said yesterday at a … [Read more...] about U.S. agencies clash over who should regulate genetically engineered livestock
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Law What The European Union's New Online Privacy Law Means For The U.S. Listen · 4:20 4:20 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/602971733/602971740" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Estelle Massé, senior policy analyst for Access Now — a non-profit organization devoted to open and secure communications worldwide — about the new law adopted by the European Union to protect online privacy. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: Lawmakers who want to protect online privacy are looking overseas for models. Here are some of the comments that came out of last week's hearings with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) LINDSEY GRAHAM: Do you think the Europeans have it right? (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) SCOTT PETERS: I want … [Read more...] about What The European Union’s New Online Privacy Law Means For The U.S.
Wells Fargo stemmed the tide of the push for new financial restrictions on gun makers and sellers by stressing that it is not a bank’s job to set U.S. gun policy. Wells Fargo believes firearm policy is a debate for Congress instead.According to Reuters, Wells Fargo CEO John Shrewsberry said, “The best way to make progress on these issues is through the political and legislative process. In the meantime, Wells Fargo is engaging our customers that legally manufacture firearms and other stakeholders on what we can do together to promote better gun safety in our communities.” Wells Fargo’s refusal to place new regulations or stipulations on legal firearm manufacturers represents a break with Citigroup and Bank of America. On March 23, 2018, Breitbart News reported that Citibank now requires customers who own gun stores to stop selling long guns to anyone under the age of 21 and to quit selling “high-capacity” magazines as well.They also ask gun … [Read more...] about Wells Fargo Stems the Tide: Not a Bank’s Job to Set U.S. Gun Policy
In a new ruling, the Irish High Court referred a complaint of Max Schrems and the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) against Facebook’s use of the Privacy Shield agreement to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). The CJEU will decide if Privacy Shield protects EU citizens against U.S. mass surveillance. The Inadequacy Of Privacy Shield Max Schrems first sued Facebook after whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA was spying on everyone’s communications and was also making deals with certain tech companies or wireless carriers to have more direct access to that data. His lawsuit eventually reached the CJEU, which ruled that the Safe Harbor agreement between the EU and the U.S. was invalid, because it wasn’t written in accordance to the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU. In response to this ruling, the European Commission (EC) quickly drafted and made another agreement with the U.S. called the Privacy Shield, which was supposed to be a … [Read more...] about Facebook Defends U.S. Mass Surveillance Of EU Citizens For ‘National Security’ Reasons
(Reuters) — The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill to renew the National Security Agency’s warrantless internet surveillance program, overcoming objections from privacy advocates and confusion prompted by morning tweets from President Donald Trump that initially questioned the spying tool. The legislation, which passed 256-164 and split party lines, is the culmination of a years-long debate in Congress on the proper scope of U.S. intelligence collection – one fueled by the 2013 disclosures of classified surveillance secrets by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Senior Democrats in the House had urged cancellation of the vote after Trump appeared to cast doubt on the merits of the program, but Republicans forged ahead. Trump initially wrote on Twitter that the surveillance program, first created in secret after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and later legally authorized by Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), had been … [Read more...] about U.S. House passes bill to renew NSA warrantless internet surveillance