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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

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,

Network Neutrality, Protecting Privacy & placing limits on the power of the "old" &"new" media: Net Freedom

Jeff Chester on the links between the Network Neutrality and Privacy Bill of Rights issue.  Alternet.
 

Is Apple the digital "Trojan Horse" that enables greater data collection? Its use of "behavioral targeting"

Apple's privacy announcements are a positive step.  But we cannot accept they don't know--and aren't taking advantage of--the dramatic changes transforming financial (and health) decision-making due to the convergence of our digital lifestyle and Big Data-driven society.  We believe Apple is repositioning itself to be a "middleman" between its customers and partners--which are the banks, credit card companies, retailers, fast food restaurants and health services.  The business for Apple, Google and practically everyone else is to collect as much data on

Big Data Tracking & Targeting Coming to Live Nation Rock Concerts/" we can create unique, specific targets"

Live Nation Entertainment is "the world's leading live entertainment company."  Like everyone else, it wants to use the data it gathers on its customers to target them online.  Although the company, in this interview, says this will be done in a privacy way, they should be required to publicly demonstrate the case.  This is something the FTC and other regulators should also review.  Here's the excerpt from the

Google's plans to target kids with marketing and ads/Strong safeguards required/Must demonstrate corp. responsibility

Whether a scoop or a purposeful leak to the The Information online news site in order to gauge political reaction, Google's plans to begin micro-targeting children 12 and younger is a critical public policy and child welfare issue.  As the leading digital

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