Digital Privacy

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

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.

CDD addresses Privacy and Big Data Issues in US/EU Trade Deal at 5th TTIP Negotiating Round Stakeholders Forum

Joy Spencer, CDD’s Associate Director made a statement on Big Data and Privacy Issues—including inadequacies in the Safe Harbor Regime at the Fifth Transatlantic Trade and Investment (TTIP) Negotiating Round Stakeholders Forum.
CDD’s statement raised concerns about the impact of contemporary data collection practices on the US privacy framework and its potential to create “new modes of discrimination” even as it exacerbates old ones. 

Wheeler's Plan at FCC to Kill Net Neutrality for Digital Highway Must be Opposed/role as cable lobbyist should be issue

It's not a surprise that FCC Chair Tom Wheeler would craft a pro-industry scheme on the Internet's future.  Tom Wheeler is a former cable TV lobbyist, where he led efforts to help that industry kill-off key public interest policies (and helped create the media monopoly in cable

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

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