By: Jeff Chester | Dec 11 2012
Washington, DC: The Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) filed a complaint today with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) calling for an investigation of and action against the Mobbles Corporation for operating the mobile application Mobbles in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Mobbles, a game involving virtual pets, is directed at children under age 13. It collects personal information from children without providing any notice to parents (nor even attempting to obtain verifiable parental consent), as required by law.
By: Jeff Chester | Dec 6 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 6, 2012
New Survey Reveals Strong Support for Updating Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act
Majority express concerns about new marketing and data-collection practices such as behavioral profiling and mobile tracking
By: Jeff Chester | Dec 3 2012
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) protects children's privacy online. It is a powerful safeguard empowering parents to make decisions about how personal information from their child can be collected and used. As the Federal Trade Commission nears its historic vote to ensure that COPPA addresses the range of digital data collection practices that threaten child privacy--including from behavioral profiling and geo-location targeting--here's a brief primer.
By: Jeff Chester | Nov 27 2012
Facebook engaged in a "Thanksgiving surprise" last week, announcing changes to its "Rights and Responsibilities" system of involving users in its decisions on data collection and privacy. It also announced plans designed to make additional collection of data readily available for them to use, including from so-called affiliates. Through its Facebook Exchange and other
By: Jeff Chester | Sep 27 2012
CDD and EPIC submitted this letter to the FTC today. Both groups have had a long history of monitoring Facebook's privacy and online data-related marketing practices. We have both worked to ensure that the FTC and other regulators engage in the due diligence required to ensure Facebook respects the privacy rights of its users.
By: Jeff Chester | Sep 25 2012
Continuing its work to protect the privacy of children under 13 in the "Big Data" era, a coalition of leading groups just filed Comments with the Federal Trade Commission on its proposed new rules under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Many of these groups worked to get the law passed back in 1998.
By: Jeff Chester | Sep 5 2012
By: Jeff Chester | Aug 1 2012
CDD statement on today's FTC COPPA proposal.
By: Jeff Chester | Jul 13 2012
By: Jeff Chester | Jul 12 2012
When CDD reviewed the proposed Facebook Sponsored Stories settlement it was clear it failed to address how marketing and targeting on the social network really works. It also didn't do anything to ensure that parents and teens have the control they require over the Sponsored Story process and its inter-related series of premium ad product
By: Jeff Chester | Jul 2 2012
This letter was sent today to Lawrence Strickling, Ass't Sec of Commerce, as well as The White House. Despite our best efforts to encourage the Commerce Department to ensure that people across the country can meaningfully participate in the first key stakeholder meeting scheduled for 12 July, the agency has failed to embrace an effective means to do so. Over the last few weeks we did get the Commerce people to change their plans to allow some outside of the Beltway involvement--but in a very limited way. The groups previously submitted a
By: Jeff Chester | Jun 18 2012
Today, CDD, Consumers Union and a coalition of leading child advocacy, health, consumer and privacy groups sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The letter discusses the safeguards required to ensure Facebook `does no harm' to young people if it decides to open its platform to children (in order to comply with COPPA, etc).
By: Jeff Chester | Apr 2 2012
Today we filed Comments on the Obama Administration's privacy plan via the Dep't of Commerce proceeding. Highlights below.
By: Jeff Chester | Mar 26 2012
FTC Makes Advances Protecting the Privacy of Americans in Big Data Era, with Call for Congress to Rein-in Data Brokers
But major concerns loom as report leaves consumers vulnerable to widespread data collection and tracking. Battles ahead as consumer group presses for action
Statement of Jeff Chester, Executive Director, Center for Digital Democracy
By: Jeff Chester | Mar 19 2012
This letter was sent today to US and EU policymakers.
By: Jeff Chester | Feb 29 2012
This letter from the US/EU consumer group organization Trans Atlantic Consumer Dialogue, which formally advises both the EU and US, calls on Google to suspend its planned privacy changes.
By: Jeff Chester | Feb 24 2012
By: Jeff Chester | Feb 23 2012
CDD has made a commitment to the White House that it will work on “multi-stake holder” negotiations to help develop new consumer online privacy safeguards. We recognize that in the absence of federal legislation, the inability of the FTC to issue regulations, and the ever-increasing digital data collection system, some progress must be made to protect consumers. Increasingly, consumers face a daily whirlwind of data collection, confronting a vast and largely uncontrollable apparatus that tracks their every move. Whether we are using a PC, a mobile device, playing a video game or even lis
By: Jeff Chester | Feb 22 2012
The attached complaint was sent today to the FTC, including the following to the Secretary, Commissioners, and staff:
By: Jeff Chester | Feb 1 2012
Facial recognition technologies are now a part of the commercial digital marketing "complex," providing additional data and "activation" techniques designed to trigger engagement and commercial behavior. The Federal Trade Commission requested comments on the issue. Although CDD is concerned about the use of Facial Recognition on all consumers/citizens, inc.