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Rubicon Project addresses COPPA with changes to its ad targeting system/But what are the "300 data" points it uses?

We told the FTC about Rubicon Project's approrpriate changes in its targeting system to address the more effective COPPA safeguards.  In its SEC S-1 filing, Rubicon Project explains that:

Verizon Wireless & Big Data: Linking together all its info on the consumer for 1:1 Targeting

As the Federal Trade Commission reviews databrokers, Congress tackles privacy, the White House examines Big Data,  and we wait (now for almost two years) for the Obama Administration to introduce a Privacy Bill of Rights, it's important to address the contemporary realities of data gathering.  Today, companies use Data Management Platforms (DMPs) to pull together all the information on a single individual (see this video to learn mor

Concerns over privacy hit record high, says new survey. Even business interests alarmed

excerpt via Exchangewire:    Privacy awareness body Truste has today (28 January) released its annual Consumer Confidence Index, revealing 60% of participants in the survey were more concerned about their online privacy compared to 12 months ago, with 89% actively “avoiding” companies they don’t believe protect their privacy adequately....However, it seems that contagion has spread to the private sector too, as there are three times as many survey participant

White House "Big Data" Review Must Address Commercial Surveillance, Discriminatory & Unfair Practices

John Podesta's post at the White House discusses the newly announced Big Data review they will tackle over the next 90 days.  CDD and its NGO colleagues will work with John and his colleagues to ensure that the report to the President includes issues that effect consumers and citizens.

Role of health technology may distract, not empower providers & patients. A reminder via NY Review of Books essay

A personal essay in the New York Review of Books by Dr. Arnold Relman on his recent serious accident reminds us that not only does fate play an important role in our lives, but the limits of our health care system.  I urge you to read it.  But in addition to the horrific experience he (and his family) had to undergo (and he's a lucky one). Dr.

Where is Pres. Obama "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights" as part of NSA reform. Two-year anniversary of plan and still no proposal

While President Obama correctly connected the commercial and governmental collection of citizen information in his speech today, what was missing was any reference to consumer privacy protection.   Yet next month (Feb.

To see how we lost Network Neutrality at the FCC, read Digital Destiny's chapter on Michael K. Powell

In my book Digital Destiny: New Media and the Future of Democracy I discuss how then FCC Chair Michael K.

UK Investigation into Mobile App Purchasing and Children Provide a Roadmap for further U.S. Action

Yesterday's FTC announcement regarding its Apple settlement on consumer consent and in-app purchases by children is just part of what will eventually become a fully developed framework to protect users in the mobile/locational marketplace.  As Kathryn Montgomery and I noted yesterday, the FTC should propose a "rules of the digital

The Hill Publishes BEUC/CDD Commentary: US/EU trade deal will expand surveillance

Co-authored by Kostas Rossoglou of BEUC and and Jeff Chester.  Here's an excerpt:

Law Review Article Explores New World of Consumer Credit, Digital Decision-making, and FCRA, by CDD & USPI

"Selling Consumers-Not Lists: The New World of Digital Decision-making and the Role of the Fair Credit Reporting Act" has just been published in the Suffolk University Law Review (Vol. XLVI, No. 3, 2013).  Co-authored by Ed Mierzwinski (USPIRG) and I, an earlier version of the paper was frst delivered at a 2012 conference organized by the National Consumer Law Center and Suffolk.   It accompanies other papers on credit scoring on a range of important issues.

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