Digital Privacy

Why the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Could Expand NSA and Other Governmental and Commercial Surveillance on Citizens

U.S. online marketing companies are pioneering the dramatic expansion of data collection throughout the world, as they gather, analyze, and make actionable all of our information.  Giants such as Google and Facebook effectively become “private NSAs”—tracking us on social media, mobile devices, search engines, online games, and increasingly even when we are in the grocery or department store.

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:

Facebook Expands Tracking & Targeting of Hispanic-Americans/Illustrates Need for FTC to address Spanish Language Privacy Issues

U.S. hispanics are seen as a large pot of digital dollar gold by online marketers.  Closely researched by the ad industry, Hispanics are viewed as brand loyal, significant spenders, early adopters of mobile and social media, and provide long-term marketplace growth.  Facebook is expanding how it tracks and targets Hispanics.  The company says it has 23 million people in its "U.S.

Google & Facebook Combine: Just in time for Halloween, a consumers' worst privacy nightmare

Google announced today that it had finally been admitted into the Facebook targeting system, the latter's Facebook Exchange. 

U.S. NGOs Call on the EU to Support Data Privacy


23 US Public Interest Groups Back European Union Data Protection Regulation


WASHINGTON – A coalition of 23 US consumer, privacy and public interest groups  today wrote the European Parliament expressing strong support for the proposed European Data Protection Regulation because “we believe that the promotion of stronger privacy standards in Europe will benefit consumers around the globe.”


Google's new social shopping tactic aimed at having mobile devices ring up the $ (but glad it exempted teens)

Social commerce, as it's called, is a major component of contemporary marketing.  Using friends to sell to their friends is seen as the best way to pitch products,  Brands orchestrate a complex infrastructure of viral marketing, blogger endorsing, and content sharing services designed to convince consumers that they should tell all their friends about their products and services.  The online marketing industry, armed with Big Data power that tracks and analyzes everything we do, wants us to all be digital shills for advertisers.

Cross-platform tracking of online users--learn more in CDD's mobile app privacy report

Today's New York Times has a front-page story on cross-patform tracking of users, inc.

For Twitter's Future, the Role of Big Marketers and Data, see its IPO--and also its worries that privacy will be protected

With all the breathless discussion on Twitter and its stock price, the real issues are privacy, user control over all their data, and the role of major advertisers shaping its platform.  Here are key excerpts from its newly filed IPO.   Note its concerns about privacy regulation. (my bold as well)

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