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CDD statement on Yelp, COPPA and FTC

This case shows that even large companies are rushing to make mobile apps without building in appropriate safeguards for children, required by COPPA. Yelp not only collected information from children, it published their reviews to anyone who checked the site—potentially putting child users at further risk in terms of privacy and safety harms.

CDD Statement on FTC legal action against Amazon's unfair practices regarding kids, apps and purchasing

"Amazon’s policies of making it simple for children to accidentally spend hundreds of dollars in a “kids” app, and its apparent refusal to refund the money to complaining parents, are irresponsible and unfair.   Today’s FTC action shows that consumers who have been charged for their kids unauthorized in-app purchases should not have to foot the bill.

The FTC databroker report--a chilling analysis of a out-of-control US commercial data surveillance complex; but more action required

The Federal Trade Commission has issued a powerful and disturbing privacy wake-up call. The report reveals the largely invisible Big Data-driven complex that regularly spies on every American, comprehensively following our activities both online and off. It delivers a critical “black eye” to the data-broker industry, which has cynically expanded its surveillance on Americans without regard to their privacy.

White House commended for "Big Data" report, but should have addressed commercial data surveillance complex

The White House should be commended for reviewing issues related to “Big Data,” including acknowledging the discriminatory role this technology can play. However, the report failed to identify the commercial surveillance complex that has been put in place by Google, Facebook, and many other data-driven businesses.

CDD applauds FTC for telling 9th Circuit Facebook was incorrect on COPPA and that teen privacy can be protected by state law/Calif also weighs in

We were pleased to learn that the FTC filed an Amicus brief in the 9th Circuit yesterday to help create the misleading record Facebook created in the so-called "Sponsored Stories" case.  CDD, along with Public Citizens and the Children's Advovacy Institute (U of San Diego) have been closely working together on the case, to support an outcome that provides the privacy safeguards teens require.  Here's what CDD's attorney Hudson Kingston said about the FTC's filing:
 

Public Citizen, Children's Advocacy Institute & CDD Oppose Facebook Sponsored Stories Deal That Threatens Teen Privacy/CCFC Rejects Facebook Settlement, Turns down $290K

 
Feb. 13, 2014

Facebook Settlement Endangers Kids and Breaks Law in Seven States, Public Interest Groups, Parents Tell 9th Circuit
Children’s Privacy Organization Denounces Settlement, Refuses Money
 

CDD commends FTC on today's Apple decision designed to protect digital consumers

 “The Federal Trade Commission’s investigation of Apple sheds light on a growing practice that poses risks to children and families,” commented Jeff Chester, Executive Director of the Center for Digital Democracy.  “Children are spending increasing amounts of time with mobile apps, generating potentially huge profits for the rapidly expanding gaming and app industries.  In-app purchasing is becoming the dominant business model in many online games and other children’s entertainment content on mobile phones, tablets and gaming devices.  Yet t

Why Twitter Users Should Protect Privacy & use Do Not Track for its Big Data tracking & targeting ad scheme

Twitter's new "Tailored Audiences" digital marketing system is another expansion of how individuals (and their friends) are increasingly subjected to commercial surveillance techniques.  Of course, Twitter is just among the many that feel they have the right to collect, analyze and then make actionable information on us.  The company (like Google and Facebook) principally rely on advertising revenues generated by selling our identities to advertisers.  This business model is a serious threat to privacy.   Twitter

EU and US NGOs respond to EU Date Safe Harbor report: Safe Harbor Program should be suspended until US protects online privacy

Today, the European Commission issued a report evaluating its "Safe Harbor" agreement on data with the U.S.   Here's a statement from BEUC, the European Consumer Organization, and also from CDD:
 

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