• Coalition Tells Biden Administration: No Data Flows Deal Until Congress Enacts Privacy Laws

    Jun 10 2021

    The Center for Digital Democracy and 23 other leading civil society groups sent a letter to President Biden today asking his Administration to ensure that any new transatlantic data transfer deal is coupled with the enactment of U.S. laws that reform government surveillance practices and provide comprehensive privacy protections.


    Thursday, June 10, 2021
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  • Groups Join Legal Battle to Fight Ineffective FTC Privacy Decision on Facebook

    By: Jeff Chester | Jul 26 2019


    Statements from Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood, CDD, Color of Change, Common Sense Media, Consumer Action, Consumer Federation of America, Open Markets, Public Citizen, USPIRG


    July 26, 2019

    Consumer Privacy Organizations to Challenge Facebook Settlement

    Statement from Groups


    “The Settlement Fails to Provide Meaningful Relief to Facebook Users”

    WASHINGTON, DC – Many of the nation’s leading consumer privacy organizations are urging a federal court in Washington, DC to consider public comments before finalizing a proposed settlement between the Federal Trade Commission and Facebook.

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  • FCC Commissioners Channel Scrooge and Weaken Children's TV Safeguards

    By: Jeff Chester | Jul 10 2019



    FCC fails to ensure children in the U.S. have access to free, quality video content

    "The Trump FCC just gave some of the country’s most powerful media companies a huge taxpayer-funded gift. By weakening a key safeguard requiring companies such as Comcast/NBC, News Corp./Fox, Disney/ABC, and Sinclair  to air on their broadcast TV stations a few hours of educational programming for children, the FCC has placed the interests of the already rich and powerful over the needs of children and families.

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  • Groups Call on Facebook to Disclose and Explain Its Collection of Psychological Insights About Its Youngest Users

    By: Jeff Chester | May 11 2017


    Facebook Told Marketers It Can Detect Teens Feeling 'Insecure' and 'Worthless'; Data Could Be Used to Drive Products Based on Mood and Using Manipulation

    Facebook should immediately release all documents describing how it collected and analyzed psychological information it recently collected about its youngest users, some as young as 14, and college students, Public Citizen and a coalition of 25 groups said in a

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  • A Big Win for Commercial Surveillance on the Internet -- a Gigantic Loss for Democracy

    By: Staff | Mar 30 2017


    US Citizens and Consumers left further exposed to unfair and discriminatory data practices.

    The following can be attributed to Katharina Kopp, Policy Director, Center for Digital Democracy. 


    Today’s House vote to overturn the first major Internet privacy protection for Americans, may be a win for ISP monopolies, but it’s a tragic loss for our democracy. 

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  • Federal Trade Commission Must Stop “Influencer” Marketing Targeting Kids on YouTube and Other Digital Sites

    By: Staff | Oct 21 2016

    The Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and Public Citizen  filed a complaint at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today asking for an investigation and enforcement action against Google (a subsidiary of Alphabet, Inc.), Disney’s Maker Studios, DreamWorks-owned AwesomenessTV, and two other companies for the unfair and deceptive practice of targeting “influencer” marketing toward children.

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  • Groups urge FTC to Ensure Facebook Lives Up to WhatsApp Privacy Promise

    By: Staff | Sep 22 2016

    Fourteen organizations urge FTC Chairwoman Ramirez to put a stop to WhatsApp’s plan to transfer user data to Facebook.  This letter coincides with recent complaint filed, concerning the violation of commitments WhatsApp previously made to its subscribers.


    September 22, 2016

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  • EU data protection rights at risk through trade agreements, new study shows

    By: Jeff Chester | Jul 13 2016

    Researchers of the University of Amsterdam’s Institute for Information Law (IViR) have published an independent study today commissioned by BEUC, EDRi, CDD and TACD. The study shows that the European Union (EU) does not sufficiently safeguard citizens' personal data and privacy rights in its trade agreements.

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  • Consumer Groups urge House to Support a Strong and Effective FTC

    By: Staff | Jun 23 2016

    Dear Chairman Upton and Ranking Member Pallone: 

    We, the undersigned consumer and public interest groups, write regarding the “FTC Process and Transparency Reform Act of 2016,” a discussion draft advanced by the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade to the full Committee that would alter the processes used by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to carry out its work. We are very concerned that the legislation would harm the FTC’s ability to crack down on scam artists and protect consumers from unfair, misleading, or anticompetitive business practices. 

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  • Big Data is Watching: Growing Digital Data Surveillance of Consumers by ISPs and Other Leading Video Providers

    By: Staff | Mar 23 2016

    Americans face growing new threats to their personal privacy as phone and cable Internet service providers (ISPs), along with leading Internet companies, expand their ability to capture details about what we do online in order to target us with data-driven personalized advertising.
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  • FCC Consumer Privacy Proposal for Broadband ISPs a Major Step Forward to Protect the Public

    By: Staff | Mar 11 2016

    Today, Americans have really no privacy when they go online, use mobile phones, or stream videos.  They face a growing threat to their privacy as cable and phone company broadband ISPs construct a powerful and pervasive data gathering apparatus.  Phone and cable companies are taking advantage of their special status as providers of our Internet, mobile phone and TV services.  They are mounting campaigns that use all their data power to track us across our devices, using personal information such as our location, financial behavior, race/ethnicity and if we have children.   The propose

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  • Consumer, civil liberties, privacy groups call on FCC to protect public’s data rights on broadband networks

    By: Staff | Mar 7 2016

    On March 1, 2016, five large trade associations for broadband Internet service providers (“ISPs”) proposed a framework for the Federal Communication Commission’s (“FCC”) forthcoming rulemaking on broadband privacy. While it is encouraging that ISPs now appear willing to engage on this issue and to recognize the importance of FCC data security and data breach regulations, the proposed framework fails to provide consumers with the robust protections needed in light of ongoing ISP information collection practices.

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  • USPIRG & CDD urge Regulatory Safeguards for Online Lending Industry

    By: Jeff Chester | Sep 30 2015

    The Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) and the U.S Public Interest Research Group (USPIRG) filed comments today in response to the Treasury Department’s request for information (RFI) on “Expanding Access to Credit through Online Marketplace Lending.” Specifically, the department sought public comment on (1) the various business models of and products offered by online marketplace lenders to small businesses and consumers; (2) the potential for online marketplace lending to expand access to credit to historically underserved market segments; and (3) how the financial regulatory framework sho

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  • CDD petitions FTC to release COPPA Safe Harbor reports to the public

    By: Staff | Jul 14 2015

    The Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), through its counsel, requests the following documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552, related to enforcement of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), 15 U.S.C. § 6501 et seq.

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  • Privacy and Consumer Advocates Leave Administration’s “Multistakeholder” Negotiations on Facial Recognition

    By: Jeff Chester | Jun 16 2015

    Today, the groups participating in the Obama Administration’s so-called multi-stakeholder negotiations to develop a self-regulatory “code of conduct” on facial recognition and privacy sent a letter (attached) to the Commerce Department explaining why they would no longer participate in the process. As CDD has said from the start, the approach the Administration embraced to protect consumers’ rights to their personal information was flawed.

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  • CDD asks Court to Require FTC Make Public Information on “Safe Harbor” Programs for COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act)

    By: Staff | May 26 2015

    The Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), in its ongoing efforts to monitor the Federal Trade Commission’s enforcement of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), has filed a motion in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia challenging the FTC’s refusal to release important COPPA documentation. The case involves seven “safe harbor” programs, such as KidSAFE and TRUSTe, approved by the FTC to handle website compliance with COPPA regulations.

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  • Watch "Looking Inside The Black Box Society"

    By: Alyce Myatt | May 6 2015


    Digital Data and Consumer Protection: Ensuring a Fair and Equitable Financial Marketplace.

    Author and Professor Frank Pasquale discusses his new book "The Black Box Society," on the growing use of secret algorithms to categorize consumers.

    A Project of US PIRG Education Fund & Center for Digital Democracy

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  • CDD urges Consumer Regulators at ICPEN 2015 to tackle Data Driven Digital Marketing

    By: Alyce Myatt | Apr 22 2015



    Must Address Privacy & Online Ad Practices

    CDD's executive director Jeff Chester called on regulators representing dozens of nations to address the role that today's data collection complex plays in consumer transactions and services.  Speaking at the 2015 annual meeting of the International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network (ICPEN), Chester said that in order to protect consumes today's regulatory agencies--such as the FTC--must understand how data issues are integrally a part of consumer services, including in the financial, health, and retail marketplace.  A modified version of the presentation is attached, minus the vi

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  • Child and Consumer Advocates Urge Federal Trade Commission to Investigate and Bring Action Against Google for Excessive and Deceptive Advertising Directed at Children

    By: Jeff Chester | Apr 7 2015

    Washington, DC – Tuesday, April 7 – A coalition of prominent children’s and consumer advocacy groups filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today requesting an investigation of Google, charging the company with unfair and deceptive practices in connection with its new YouTube Kids app.

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