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CDD tells Obama Adm. its Drone Privacy Plan Won't "Fly." Calls on Commerce Dep't to withdraw "Multi-Stakeholder" approach and ask FTC to Address this Key Privacy Issue

Comments of the Center for Digital Democracy
 
Request for Comments on Privacy, Transparency, and Accountability Regarding Commercial and Private Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Docket No. 150224183-5183-01
 
The Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) calls on the Department of Commerce and its NTIA division to withdraw from overseeing a “multi-stakeholder” process designed to develop a framework to protect the privacy of U.S. citizens and consumers from the commercial use of drones (unmanned aircraft systems).
 

CDD urges Consumer Regulators at ICPEN 2015 to tackle Data Driven Digital Marketing: must address privacy & online ad practices

CDD's executive director Jeff Chester called on regulators representing dozens of nations to address the role that today's data collection complex plays in consumer transactions and services.  Speaking at the 2015 annual meeting of the International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network (ICPEN), Chester said that in order to protect consumes today's regulatory agencies--such as the FTC--must understand how data issues are integrally a part of consumer services, including in the financial, health, and retail marketplace.  A modified version of the presentation is

Child and Consumer Advocates Urge Federal Trade Commission to Investigate and Bring Action Against Google for Excessive and Deceptive Advertising Directed at Children

So-called “Family-Friendly” YouTube Kids App Combines Commercials and Videos,
Violating Long-Standing Safeguards for Protecting Children
 

YouTube, Big Data, Big Brands = Trouble for Kids and Parents: A CDD Special report

As part of today's filing at the FTC of a complaint on how Google's new YouTube Kids app fails to implement well-known federal safeguards when providing video content to children, CDD prepared this backgrounder.  As you will see, Google's overall approach to YouTube, including how it targets kids on its service, features "channels" that are nothing more than ads for toys, promotes junk food and well-known commercial brands, and works closely (via research,

Obama Administration Consumer Privacy Bill Fails to Protect Consumers, Gives Greater Control of our Information to Data Companies

Three years ago,  President Obama promised that his administration would deliver a “Privacy Bill of Rights” to protect American consumers. The bill released today is a serious setback for privacy.

FTC Agrees with CDD, Rejects AgeCheq COPPA Scheme

In December, CDD urged the FTC to reject the verifiable parental consent mechanism for COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protect Act) proposed by AgeCheq.  The comments are attached.  Ensuring meaningful parental consent so their child's data can be gathered and used requires a robust and effective system.  Parents need to understand precisely what data is collected and by what means; how it is to be used--now and in the future--as well as the business models and online marketing practices that can affect them.  CDD and its attorneys at Georgetown Law Center found

Consumer, Privacy, Child Health Groups Challenge Federal Trade Commission’s Proposed Settlement with TRUSTe

 
 
 
Consumer, Children’s, and Privacy Groups Challenge Federal Trade Commission’s Proposed Settlement
with TRUSTe (True Ultimate Standards Everywhere, Inc.) As Too Lenient
 
Stronger Sanctions Needed for TRUSTe’s Violation of the Public Trust
 
Consumers—Especially Parents—Materially Harmed by Years of Deception

Topps Company, Trading Card and Candy Company Charged with Violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA); Coalition of Groups Groups Urge FTC to Investigate and Bring Action

Topps Company, Trading Card and Candy Company owned by Michael Eisner,
Charged with Violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act
 
Consumer, Child Health, and Privacy Groups Urge Federal Trade Commission to Investigate and Bring Action Against Topps for Violating Children’s Privacy Rights through its Child-directed Website Candymania.com and its
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