By: Jeff Chester | Dec 19 2012
Leaders of the Effort to Pass COPPA in 1998 Say Parents Should Now Have Greater Control of their Children’s Information Online
By: Jeff Chester | Dec 18 2012
The dramatic growth of the data broker industry, fueled by information on consumers culled from the Internet, social media, mobile phones, and in-store shopping, has created a multitude of all seeing eyes spying on Americans everyday. A digital gold mine of infinite details is harvested about each of us--what we buy, who are friends are, how much we earn, our ethnicity, health concerns, location, etc. For the most part, these records are off limits to consumers, who can't really discover what they say about us--including the likely errors they may contain.
By: Jeff Chester | Dec 17 2012
Center for Digital Democracy Charges that Nickelodeon’s Mobile SpongeBob Game
Violates the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act
Urges Federal Trade Commission to Investigate and Bring Action Against the Leading Children’s Cable Channel
Nickelodeon and PlayFirst Don’t Play Fair,
Collecting Personal Information from Kids and Inducing In-Game Purchases
By: Jeff Chester | Dec 13 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 13, 2012
50+ ADVOCACY GROUPS CALL FOR UPDATES TO KIDS’ ONLINE PRIVACY PROTECTIONS
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.