Promising Start by White House on Privacy; But will it empower people over Big Data in the digital era? Role of TTIP/trade

By: Jeff Chester | Jan 12 2015

We await to review the text of proposed privacy bills announced today by President Obama.  Next month will mark the third anniversary of the promise by the White House to release  "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights" legislation.  The "Bill of Rights" for privacy is supposed to empower an individual to have serious control over how their data is gathered and used.   While the "Bill of Rights" incorporates high-minded principles, we fear that at the end of

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Imagine a Kids Online World without COPPA: No privacy, 24/7 digital tracking & targeting/Parents/Caregivers in the digital dark/

By: Jeff Chester | Dec 10 2014

What if there wasn't COPPA (the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act)?  What we uncovered about how candy company Topps targets kids using social media would be the norm.  Marketers would be treating even very young children as they do once someone turns 13 in this country.  At thirteen, your privacy protection ends, and you are subjected to a myriad of data-driven practices that undermine your privacy and make you vulnerable to the interests of financial, health, retail and other powerful marketers and databrokers.  Without COPPA, kids would be treated like everyone else--tracked, prof

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CDD Warns EU Citizens at French National Assembly on Threats to Data Protection Arising from TTIP trade deal

By: Jeff Chester | Nov 21 2014

Last night, I participated on a panel on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations between the U.S.

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