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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:
 

Growth of Cross-device tracking of individuals, inc. merging offline and online data, require regulatory action/Banks using

We have been sounded the alarm on the growth of tracking, profiling and targeting individuals, as companies seek to seamlessly tie all our activities together so we can be more precisely reached (with offers, ads, etc).  This excerpt from a recent interview of a X+1 official in AdExchanger provides a good illustration of what's going on--and why it's time for regulatory and other federal action to protect the public.  Here's a key excerpt from the interview:

Google's Internet of Things All Tracking, All the Time Play: A view from the industry

Via Adexchanger piece from Arnold Worldwide ad exec. (excerpt):  excerpt: ... the output from Nest thermostats could provide Google with one key piece of information they might not already have: dynamic residential IP addresses of registered users.

Rubicon Project's S-1 Illustrates Fear Industry Has with Privacy Safeguards/Time to stop calling cookie data "anonymous"

Today, consumer profiles are developed that include so-called First, Second and Third Party data, linking our online and offline selves.

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.

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