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CDD Asks Federal Court Make FTC Provide Information on COPPA Safe Harbors via FOIA

Last summer, we asked the FTC to provide us with information on the so-called "Safe Harbors" for the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).  We told the FTC that the public needs to review how these Safe Harbor programs actually operate including how they ensure that a child's privacy is protected.  The FTC has not made the information available, claiming that if it provided it the companies under its purview would be less forthcoming to the agency.  That position is absurd and inappropriate.  When we are talking about programs that are suppo

Privacy Groups Call for Major Changes on APEC Cross-Border Data Rules; Raises Questions about work of TRUSTe

On 3 December 2014 a coalition of privacy and consumer groups sent a Joint Submission to APEC asking for significant changes to the APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules system (CBPRs). The submission is available here.

CDD Warns EU Citizens at French National Assembly on Threats to Data Protection Arising from TTIP trade deal

Last night, I participated on a panel on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations between the U.S.

Bravo, President Obama on Net Neutrality and Supporting People over the Telecom Monopolies

The President understands what's at stake for Americans if the country allows the phone and cable industry to successfully control the online medium.  His support for Title II regulation stands as a key acheivement of his Administration.  The goal of the cable and phone lobby has always been to extend into the Internet world the same domination they have enjoyed providing phone and TV service.  Hopefully, FCC Chair Tom Wheeler, a former cable and telec

Digital Junk Food Marketing and African American Youth/Infographic by CDD

Youth of color are a key focus for digital marketers, especially for fast-foods and beverages linked to the youth obesity epidemic.  The digital targeting of African American and Hispanic youth is growing, and uses a full array of sophisticated mobile, geo-location, social media and other cutting-edge marketing strategies.  Food and beverage marketers should adopt practices that stop unfair and irresponsible digital marketing practices.  The FTC and State AG's should call for safeguards.
 

Is Apple the digital "Trojan Horse" that enables greater data collection? Its use of "behavioral targeting"

Apple's privacy announcements are a positive step.  But we cannot accept they don't know--and aren't taking advantage of--the dramatic changes transforming financial (and health) decision-making due to the convergence of our digital lifestyle and Big Data-driven society.  We believe Apple is repositioning itself to be a "middleman" between its customers and partners--which are the banks, credit card companies, retailers, fast food restaurants and health services.  The business for Apple, Google and practically everyone else is to collect as much data on

CDD statement on Yelp, COPPA and FTC

This case shows that even large companies are rushing to make mobile apps without building in appropriate safeguards for children, required by COPPA. Yelp not only collected information from children, it published their reviews to anyone who checked the site—potentially putting child users at further risk in terms of privacy and safety harms.

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