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Oscar Gandy--communications scholar, known in part for his prescient "The Panoptic Sort," joins CDD board

CDD is honored to have Professor Oscar Gandy on its board.  Prof.

How General Mills lures consumers online-- its new "you can't sue us" policy a digital bait and switch/FTC must review

General Mills has changed its privacy policy to say, according to the New York Times, so consumers now "give up their right to sue the company if they download coupons, “join” it in online communities like Facebook, enter a company-sponsored sweepstakes or contest or interact with it in a variety of ot

How General Mills lures consumers online: its "you can't sue us" a digital bait and switch/uses Big Data targeting [updated]

General Mills has changed a policy to say, according to the New York Times, so consumers now "give up their right to sue the company if they download coupons, “join” it in online communities like Faceboo

IAB's new data targeting in real-time committee, with Google as a leader. See brand-targeting focus

The Interactive Advertising Bureau has created a new committee--called the "Programmatic Council."  It's designed to help companies further advance the real-time tracking, targeting and data-enabled buying of individuals that is commonplace today.  Across the Internet--on PCs, mobile devices, and even soon TV's--a user (or the "inventory" as the industry calls people) are sold via real-time auctions or thru direct sales.  That's because, as is often said, "Math Men a

FTC Tells Facebook it will have to honor Whatsapp's privacy promise; EPIC and CDD letters spur commission action

The Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection sent a letter to Facebook and Whatsapp [attached] requiring the companies to honor the latter's privacy promises (no advertising, highly limited data collection etc).  Facebook is in the process of acquiring Whatsapp.  The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and CDD

How the Guardian uses “Big Data” to help its advertisers target users/News orgs should be in forefront addressing privacy online

The U.K-based Guardian is one of the world’s best news organizations—from reporting on the NSA and related government spying revelations or singlehandedly exposing the shadowy world of phone “hacking” connected to Rupert Murdoch and others—they stand out as courageous.  Perhaps more than any other news outlet, they have helped ma

Behind the Commercial Facial Recognition (FR) Digital Curtain: Privacy & Consumer Protection Safeguards Required as NTIA Stakeholders Address FR

Beginning a more informed discussion on the privacy and consumer protection implications of Facial Recognition Technology:  NTIA Privacy Multi-stakeholder Process:
 

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:

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