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CDD FOIA's first annual reports on COPPA Kids Privacy Compliance by Safe Harbor Co's Submitted to FTC

As part of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the federal law protecting the digital privacy of kids 12 and under (and which empowers parents or other key caregivers to control the data collected from children), a so-called "Safe Harbor" system was created.  The theory being that companies joining a FTC approved Safe Harbor regime, which is commited to ensuring meaningful compliance with COPPA, is an effective way to have companies follow the law.  Yesterday was the deadline for Safe Harbor reports to be submitted to the FTC, and the first once sin

FTC told that iKeepSafe proposal on children's privacy will not ensure COPPA safeguards

Statement from Hudson Kingston, CDD Legal Director:
 

Groups call on White House to support safeguards on the use of "Big Data" when targeting youth, esp. for unhealthy foods and beverages

Twenty-eight consumer, child advocacy and public health groups submitted this letter today to President Obama's review on "Big Data" team.  Among the groups signing the letter included the African American Colloboraative Obesity Research Network, American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Consumers Union, Children Now, Common Sense Media, CFA, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, Momsrising, National Consumers League, Praxis Project and Salud America!
 

CDD to White House Big Data Review: data collection apparatus leading to a commercial surveillance complex

Today is the deadline for Comments to be filed for the White House's forthcoming report on "Big Data."  NGOs pressed the Administration to include public comments during its 90-day inquiry that is led by Senior WH Counselor John Podesta.  Our comments are attached.  Here's an excerpt:
 

EPIC & CDD file follow-up Whatsapp complaint at FTC; Urges Commission to listen to users and not repeat past errors in merger approval that failed to protect consumers

EPIC and CDD filed this at the FTC today.  Despite the protestations of Whatsapp's founders, they cannot guarantee that Facebook won't eventually incorporate the rich vein of mobile, location and other data that flows from its services.  If the Whatsapp founders are truly to commited to its user privacy, we ask them to enter into a voluntary 20 year consent decree with the FTC, placing on the record that they will maintain privacy practices without Facebook interference. 

CDD files follow-up COPPA complaint on Disney/Marvelkids at FTC/Company needs to do better job on kids privacy and empower parents

Here's a summary from our attorney Eric Null at Institute for Public Representation, Georgetown University Law Center:

Unsafe Harbor: The Unchecked Growth of U.S. Digital Data Collection Practices, Limits to US Regulatory Oversight on Privacy-TTIP

This presentation was delivered today by Jeff Chester at the European Commission's stakeholder meetings in Brussels.

 

Summary of key points:
 

EPIC and CDD file "Unfair and Deceptive" Practices Complaint at FTC on Facebook/WhatsApp Deal: WhatsApp Users Were Promised Privacy/Now they will have Facebook

We urge you to review the attached FTC complaint that was filed today by EPIC and CDD.  The millions of WhatsApp users who signed up for the service were promised--repeatedly as you will read in the complaint--that the company didn't want to gather and commercialize their data.   They posed as the "unFacebook," deriding the commercial surveillance apparatus that lies at the core of contemporary online practices.  Yet at the same time they made their public privacy promises, they were being

White House Announces Big Data Public Comment Period in Response to Request from NGOs, inc. CDD

We are pleased that the Administration has agreed to the request made on 10 February that its current 90-day "Big Data" review include a public comment dimension.  The White House announcement is attached.  We expect the NGO community to provide the White House review with important information and analysis on actu

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