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Submitted by demedia on Sat, 10/06/2012 - 21:22
Submitted by demedia on Mon, 10/01/2012 - 15:29
With kids privacy at stake, including on mobile devices, and the online ad lobby up in digital arms because the FTC is proposing a parent be in better control of data collected from children 12 and under, we need you to speak out. Special interest digital advertising industry lobbyists, joined by databrokers, and kids content and toy companies are teaming up to pressure the Federal Trade Commision so it won't support safeguards. The petition is
Facebook to America: We want to target your kids with ads, collect their data, violate their privacy [Annals of COPPA/FTC]Submitted by demedia on Sun, 09/30/2012 - 18:54
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 TrackSubmitted by demedia on Fri, 09/21/2012 - 20:51
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
Submitted by demedia on Sun, 08/19/2012 - 19:43
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
Submitted by demedia on Sun, 07/15/2012 - 18:39
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?
Submitted by demedia on Fri, 07/13/2012 - 21:03
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 FairlySubmitted by demedia on Fri, 07/13/2012 - 14:53
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 PrivacySubmitted by demedia on Thu, 06/07/2012 - 11:03
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
Submitted by demedia on Mon, 06/04/2012 - 18:55
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.