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Oscar Gandy--communications scholar, known in part for his prescient "The Panoptic Sort," joins CDD board

CDD is honored to have Professor Oscar Gandy on its board.  Prof.

How General Mills lures consumers online: its "you can't sue us" a digital bait and switch/uses Big Data targeting [updated]

General Mills has changed a policy to say, according to the New York Times, so consumers now "give up their right to sue the company if they download coupons, “join” it in online communities like Faceboo

IAB's new data targeting in real-time committee, with Google as a leader. See brand-targeting focus

The Interactive Advertising Bureau has created a new committee--called the "Programmatic Council."  It's designed to help companies further advance the real-time tracking, targeting and data-enabled buying of individuals that is commonplace today.  Across the Internet--on PCs, mobile devices, and even soon TV's--a user (or the "inventory" as the industry calls people) are sold via real-time auctions or thru direct sales.  That's because, as is often said, "Math Men a

How the Guardian uses “Big Data” to help its advertisers target users/News orgs should be in forefront addressing privacy online

The U.K-based Guardian is one of the world’s best news organizations—from reporting on the NSA and related government spying revelations or singlehandedly exposing the shadowy world of phone “hacking” connected to Rupert Murdoch and others—they stand out as courageous.  Perhaps more than any other news outlet, they have helped ma

CDD joins NGOs calling on White House "Big Data" report to support safeguards, inc. oversight, accountability and control

This letter signed by leading NGOs was sent to the White House's BIg Data review.  Excerpt and letter is attached:

Unsafe Harbor: The Unchecked Growth of U.S. Digital Data Collection Practices, Limits to US Regulatory Oversight on Privacy-TTIP

This presentation was delivered today by Jeff Chester at the European Commission's stakeholder meetings in Brussels.


Summary of key points:

White House Announces Big Data Public Comment Period in Response to Request from NGOs, inc. CDD

We are pleased that the Administration has agreed to the request made on 10 February that its current 90-day "Big Data" review include a public comment dimension.  The White House announcement is attached.  We expect the NGO community to provide the White House review with important information and analysis on actu

Candy Crush IPO: " We collect and store significant amounts of information about our players... PII and Non-PII"

The IPO SEC filings help provide a roadmap for privacy and consumer advocates, as well as regulators.  Read some of the telling practices found in the new IPO filed by the creators of Candy Crush and other games.  Excerpt:
"We collect and store significant amounts of information about our players—both personally identifying and non-personally identifying information...

Future of Privacy Forum's Opt-out for the Tracking of Individuals and their location Fails to Protect Privacy

Companies engaged in the tracking, analyzing and targeting of consumers need to do much more than merely sign up for a very weak "Code of Conduct" on mobile location ("Smart Stores") that has been developed by the Future of Privacy Forum.  The code doesn't really empower, inform and protect consumers from the incredibly invasive system being put in place by retailers, fast food companies, malls, and sporting venues, etc.  A serious set of safeguards

Call for Safeguards for NSA and Commercial Spying via EU Parliament (and note what it says about U.S. data companies)

In the EU, where privacy, or data protection as its called--is a human right.  The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the EU Parliament issued an important draft report as part of its inquiry into the impact of the NSA and related surveillance programs.  The report is attached as well. Here's a very important excerpt:

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