Twitter Reports Legislative Risks/Opportunities Before IPO

Posted October 21, 2013 at 2:13pm

Those considering investing in the upcoming initial public offering of Twitter Inc. may find some risk in the long list of legislative bills of concern to Twitter.

Twitter Inc. registered to lobby in July of this year and just reported they spent $40,000 lobbying the executive and legislative branches during the third quarter. But it is the long list of bills in the issue areas of civil liberties, copyright/patent, immigration, and telecommunications, that show how many government actions may impact on the company in the future.

Here are the issues reported:
Reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986
NSA surveillance
H.R. 983, Online Communications and Geolocation Act (ECPA Reform)
H.R. 1312, Geonational Privacy and Surveillance Act (GPS Act)
H.R. 1852, Email Privacy Act
H.R. 1913, Application, Privacy, Protection, and Security (APPS) Act
H.R. 2014 Telephone Records Protection Act
H.R. 2399, To prevent the mass collection of records of innocent Americans under FISA, as amended by the USA Patriot Act, and to provide for greater accountability and transparency under the same.
H.R. 2818, Surveillance State Repeal Act
H.R. 3035, Surveillance Order Reporting Act
S. 418, D0-Not-Track Online Act
S. 607, Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act (ECPA Reform)
S. 639, Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance Act (GPS Act)
S. 1037, Fourth Amendment Preservation and Protection Act
S. 1130 A bill to require the Attorney General to disclose each decision, order, or opinion of a FISA Court that includes significant legal interpretation of section 501 or 702 of the FISA
S. 1215 FISA Accountability and Privacy Protection Act
S. 1452, Surveillance Transparency Act
H.R. 845, Saving High-tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes (SHIELD) Act
H.R. 2693, Patent Abuse Reduction Act
H.R. 2766, Stopping the Offensive Use of Patents (STOP) Act
S. 866, Patent Quality Improvement Act
S. 1103, Patent Abuse Reduction Act of 2013
S. 169, Immigration Innovation (“I-Squared”) Act of 2013
S. 744, Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013
H.R. 1468, Strengthening and Enhancing Cybersecurity by Using Research, Education, Information, and Technology (SECURE IT)
H.R. 1580, A bill to affirm the policy of the United States regarding Internet governance
S. 21, Cybersecurity and American Cyber Competitiveness Act
S. 1353, The Cybersecurity Act of 2013