• New Report: Health Wearable Devices Pose New Consumer and Privacy Risks

    By: Jeff Chester | Aug 29 2017

    Personal health wearable devices that consumers are using to monitor their heart rates, sleep patterns, calories, and even stress levels raise new privacy and security risks, according to a report released today by researchers at American University and the Center for Digital Democracy.

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  • Broadband Co’s Spy on Your TV Viewing and sell to Political Groups

    By: Jeff Chester | Aug 28 2017

    FourthWall Media and Data Trust announced a partnership that will create a unique feed utilizing Data Trust’s comprehensive data warehouse. Data Trust will connect FourthWall’s census-level television viewership data to its GOP dataset of over 190 million American voters from all 50 states. The integrated solution will help allied analytics companies build media and television-centric targeting solutions for their customers.

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  • Google Expanded Influencer Marketing: Industry Stealth Apparatus Requires Scrutiny

    By: Jeff Chester | Jul 11 2017

    FameBit is an online marketplace that connects YouTubers with brands that are interested in advertising their products and services.
    This provides creators an opportunity to earn money with their content by partnering with brands that are relevant to their audience. 
    Learn about Famebit, the Self-Service Influencer Marketing Platform.
     

     
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  • New Report by Cracked Labs: Corporate Surveillance in Everyday Life

    By: Jeff Chester | Jun 13 2017

    The new report by Cracked Labs titled "Corporate Surveillance in Everyday Life" with contributions by CDD's Katharina Kopp, provides a powerful overview of the commercial surveillance infastructure, key players and trends. 

    The report is available as a ten-part overview online and as a free, detailed 93-page PDF.

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  • No kidding: Facebook and Alphabet are Online Advertising Companies Above All

    By: Katharina Kopp | May 31 2017

    Chart: Here’s How 5 Tech Giants Make Their Billions

     

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  • U.S. Privacy Dealt Major Set-back as Broadband Protections are Overturned by Congress and President Trump

    By: Jeff Chester | Apr 3 2017

    President Trump has killed the first real protections for commercial privacy that Americans have online. Phone and cable giants, allied with the GOP Congressional majority, have just voted to overturn the historic consumer-data safeguards adopted last year by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). AT&T, Comcast, Verizon—the country’s dominant providers of high speed broadband—along with industry and Congressional GOP allies, intensely opposed the new FCC rule. Why?

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  • People Have No Control

    By: Jeff Chester | Mar 30 2017

    CDD Executive Director, Jeff Chester speaks on Congress’ dismantling of the FCC Privacy Rule with CNN’s Jake Tapper on March 29th, 2017.

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  • Americans Lose Privacy Rights in Senate Vote

    By: Jeff Chester | Mar 23 2017

    Americans lost a crucial right today as the GOP-controlled Senate voted to overturn the only federal protection that could have protected their privacy online. This is a key victory for lobbyists from the ISP monopolies, such as AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon. These companies have built a “Big Data" business model to track—and profit from—our every move online. Today, Americans who use personal computers, mobile phones and other online devices are the victims of continuous monitoring of their digital activities.

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  • Empowering and Protecting Youth in the Big Data Era: Issues and Perspectives from the EU and U.S.

    By: Jeff Chester | Mar 21 2017

    Young people are growing up in a digital world of constant connectivity – engaging 24/7 through social media, mobile devices, gaming platforms, and video streaming channels.  While offering important opportunities for youth to express their creativity, explore and learn, interact with their peers, and participate in civic discourse, contemporary digital media can also pose threats to their privacy and can negatively impact their development.  Children and teens spend or influence an estimated $1.2 trillion a year worldwide.

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  • Big Data Power Grab by AT&T, Comcast, Verizon and other Broadband ISPs: Part 1

    By: Jeff Chester | Mar 16 2017

     

    Phone, Cable Giants Build Digital Data surveillance systems to better spy on consumers.  

    9 reasons why they are lobbying Congress to kill your new privacy rights.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


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  • Digital Data Ads on People to be Traded like Stock Shares, Rising Consumer Protection & Privacy Concerns

    By: Staff | Mar 15 2017

    FinTech meets AdTech Requires Scrutiny from Regulators, Advocates. Safeguards Needed.    


    NYIAX aims to transform ad inventory into standardized and durable securities. 

    A blockchain-enabled media trading platform running in the cloud and powered by Nasdaq. 

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  • Music Streaming Co’s and Big Databrokers Track/Target You

    By: Staff | Mar 10 2017

    As marketers think about reaching their audiences at the right moment with the right message, music streaming offers a powerful channel to seamlessly activate CRM data and engage customers during high-impact moments. Today at RampUp 2017, Spotify and LiveRamp™, an Acxiom® company, are partnering to enable marketers in the U.S.

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  • FCC Places Consumer Privacy at Greater Risk as it Seeks to Overturn Safeguards

    By: Staff | Mar 8 2017

    Today in the over-the-top (OTT) world, broadcasters and OTT service providers have few insights into what their viewers’ consumption habits are. Insights are key to making real-time decisions and personalizing a viewer’s experience, from content to ads and more.

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  • Comcast Expands Use of Big Data to Track What You Do

    By: Staff | Feb 23 2017

    Making a key big data move, Comcast has quietly scooped up a small video metadata specialist to delve deeper into the programming that it delivers, improving the viewing experience for subscribers while opening up possible new advertising revenue opportunities for the giant US MSO. 

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  • Safeguards needed for Big Data targeting in political campaigns

    By: Staff | Feb 21 2017

    Resonate’s HI-RES Intelligence-to-Activation platform enhances your understanding of your audience with unique insights about their motivations, values, media consumption habits and behaviors–to illuminate why they make the decisions they make–or don’t make. Then Resonate puts your message in front of them – wherever they are online.

    Statistics:

    58% of consumers are more likely to be influenced by their friends and family

    47% of consumers are less likely to think immigration strains the US economy

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  • Digital Safeguards Needed for Global Youth as Toy Companies Join Forces with Online Data Marketers

    By: Staff | Feb 16 2017

    Mattel, Inc., the leading global childhood play and development company, today announced a new strategic partnership with Alibaba Group, the world's largest online and mobile commerce company. Leveraging Mattel's iconic brands and expertise in play as well as Alibaba's wealth of data and insights into the Chinese consumer base, the expanded partnership aims to re-shape the way parents in China think about play.

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  • These digital coupons may give you a discount, but track and target you

    By: Staff | Feb 13 2017

    Quotient Technology Inc, a leading digital promotions and media company connecting brands, retailers, and shoppers, today announced the launch of the Quotient Media Exchange (QMX), a data-drive

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  • The FCC and Congress Must Preserve the Privacy Rights of Broadband Internet Customers!

    By: Staff | Feb 13 2017

    After a long and fair rulemaking process during most of 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted ground-breaking privacy rules last October protecting the personal information of broadband Internet service customers. Both industry—including powerful phone and cable companies that provide the majority of broadband connections—as well as consumer, civil rights, and privacy groups, had ample opportunity to make their case—which they did.

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  • Growing Threats to Consumer Privacy via Connected TVs

    By: Staff | Feb 9 2017

    With the addition addressable TV to the Drawbridge Cross-Device Platform, brands now have the ability to seamlessly reach their audiences across desktop, mobile, connected TV, and now programmatic TV inventory sources, ensuring that both traditional cable subscribers and cord-cutters are exposed to your brand's message on all of their devices. If you're looking to reach TV viewers – not programs – contact us today to learn more.

    The New TV Landscape

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  • With Departure of Consumer Bureau Director Jessica Rich, Future of FTC’s Commitment to Protect the Public Now Uncertain

    By: Jeff Chester | Feb 8 2017

    Statement of Jeff Chester, Executive Director
    Center for Digital Democracy
    February 7, 2017

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