Digital Privacy

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

Time Warner's 2014 SEC report illustrates COPPA's positive impact protecting young people's privacy and empowering parents

Time Warner (Cartoon Network) explains in its 2014 annual report for investors filed at the SEC:  “The Company’s businesses are subject to existing laws and regulations governing data privacy, data security and cybersecurity in the U.S. and internationally. For example, in the U.S., the Company is subject to: (1) U.S.

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

Data Minimization in the Age of Big Data

Big Data is not a panacea – We must promote data minimization
 

Databrokers says that "all [consumer] information must be linked," inc. offline and online. Business model at odds with privacy

The recent FTC databroker report was a important review of contemporary data collection practices.  The dominant paradigm is to collect and merge every bit of our information, what the data company Merkle has defined as "connected recognition."  We are assessed, scored and our information then used in "actionable" ways--for targeting, influence-building or to ignore us as unworthy prospects.  It's the business model t

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