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Facebook to America: We want to target your kids with ads, collect their data, violate their privacy [Annals of COPPA/FTC]

The same comedy writers at Facebook who wrote about the glories to be from its IPO--now a colossal joke--were just put to work again in the social ad network's new FTC comments on children's privacy (COPPA).  Like the hype used to blur the real financial prospects of Facebook, its arguments against strengthening rules to better protect children 12 and under from intrusive and manipulative digital data collection practices are based on a lack of candor.  Undoubtedly, Mark Zuckerberg and company will be peddling the Brooklyn Bridge for sale soon.
 

The Smear Campaign to Kill-off Privacy by Databrokers, inc ValueClick and 33 Across. Why they fear Do Not Track

Remember the names ValueClick and 33 Across, because they are behind in part the mean-spirited smear campaign against protecting our privacy on the Internet.  They have helped launched a special interest, closed-door, inside the Beltway campaign to derail Do-Not-Track (DNT).  Do Not Track could help stop some of the outrageous spying on Inte

New York Times article focuses on CDD's work about online financial marketing

For the last several years, we have been investigating and writing about the role of the online lead generation industry, especially as it relates to the consumer financial marketplace.  There are a range of disturbing practices related to targeting an individual online for various financial and credit products.  Working with our colleage Ed Mierswinski at USPIRG, we have been raising the policy issues with Congress, the FTC and now with the new C

Defining "transparency" in the App/Lead Generation/ Data Collection economy

We hope mobile and online ad industry leaders will be proactive providing the public, through the Obama Administration privacy initiative, an account of app related data practices.  Here are some excerpts from mobile marketing company Adfonic, which serves the app market.  Take a look at what they do and ask yourself--don't we need to have an informed and honest discussion of the app targeting system and its relationship to mobile marketing?

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5 Google Videos the NTIA should have shown about mobile marketing and apps

There's so much that should have been said about the mobile environment at yesterday's White House led privacy meeting organized by the NTIA.  Sadly, the Administration failed to take responsibility to ensure that all the issues are presented early and fairly.  Many consumer groups have been concerned about the Department of Commerce's role in the process--especially whether they would place the interests of business ahead of consumers/general public.  The NTIA choose low hanging "fruit loops" in the mobile space by focusing on so-called transparency.  The

Industry Silence on Mobile Data Targeting Practices Deafening/NTIA Fails to Ensure Consumers are Treated Fairly

Yesterday's NTIA stakeholder meeting failed to address the actual mobile marketing data collection practices consumers confront in both the "app" and overall mobile/geo-location market.  Neither the industry nor the Department of Commerce appears interested in ensuring that the public actually knows about the issues and practices that should be addressed in any "code of conduct" to protect consumers using mobile devices and related applications.  C

Microsoft, Do Not Track, IE, and why the Digital Ad Lobby (including Google, Yahoo, etc) are Afraid of Protecting Privacy

A firestorm of anger has erupted in the advertising industry against the decision of Microsoft to incorporate a Do-Not-Track turned on as default system in the forthcoming edition of its Internet Explorer (IE) browswer.  The online ad lobby--including the self-regulatory group called the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA)--is fearful of having better privacy as the default.  They know that defaults matter, and that from the get-go the millions of IE users may be sending a powerf

Protecting Mobile Privacy--TACD offers Guidelines to EU and US

CDD is the co-author of the TransAtalantic Consumer Dialogue policy statement on mobile marketing and privacy--entitled "Protecting Mobile Privacy in a Hyper-local World."  It raises many of the key concerns often not part of the debate.  On 5 June 2012, at the US State Department, this document was given to officials from the EU's DG Justice, the FTC and the US Department of Commerce.

Facebook Targeting Kids: New Safeguards Necessary

The Wall Street Journal reported late last night that Facebook is working on a plan to enable children under 13 to use its service, a way of being compliant with the law that my wife and I helped pass back in 1998 (COPPA).  Working with a coalition of child advocacy, public health, consumer and privacy groups, we are also behind the FTC's current COPPA review designed to strengthen its implementation for the mobile and social marketing era.

It's a Match: Online Publishers Increasingly Track You with 1st and 3rd Party Data Sources [annals of digital surveillance]

The data collection on individuals is accelerating, who increasingly find themselves in a maze constructed of their online and offline information.  This can affect how creditors and others view your financial status--and has real-life implications for a consumer's future prospects.  Later this week, USPIRG and my CDD will present a paper on this issue at a conference hosted by the National Consumer Law Center and Suffolk University Law School.  Meanwhile, here is an excerpt from a recent industry post that ill

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