By: Jeff Chester | Mar 11 2021
Contextual Advertising—Now Driven by AI and Machine Learning—Requires Regulatory Review for Privacy and Marketing Fairness
What’s known as contextual advertising is receiving a big boost from marketers and some policymakers, who claim that it provides a more privacy-friendly alternative to the dominant global surveillance-based “behavioral” marketing model. Google’s plans to eliminate cookies and other third-party trackers used for much of online ad delivery are also spurring greater interest in contextual marketing, which is being touted especially as safe for children.
By: Jeffrey Chester | Feb 18 2021
The Whole World will Still be Watching You:
Google & Digital Marketing Industry “Death-of-the-Cookie” Privacy Initiatives Require Scrutiny from Public Policymakers
Nov 15 2020
General Comment submission
Children’s rights in relation to the digital environment
Oct 16 2020
CONSUMER AND CITIZEN GROUPS CONTINUE TO HAVE SERIOUS CONCERNS ABOUT GOOGLE FITBIT TAKEOVER
Joint Statement on Possible Remedies
Oct 9 2020
October 9, 2020
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By: Jeffrey Chester | Sep 30 2020
The Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and CDD filed comments with the UN’s Special Rapporteur on privacy, as part of a consultation designed to propose global safeguards for young people online. Both CCFC and CDD, along with allies in the U.S. and throughout the world, are working to advance stronger international protections for young people, especially related to their privacy and the impacts that digital marketing has on their development.
Sep 24 2020
For Immediate Release
September 24, 2020
Contact: Jeff Chester (202-494-7100)
By: Katharina Kopp | Sep 24 2020
The Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) announced today its opposition to the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), also known as Proposition 24, which will appear on the November 2020 California general election ballot. CDD has concluded that Prop 24 does not sufficiently strengthen Californians’ privacy and may, in fact, set a new, low, and thus dangerous standard for privacy protection in the U.S.
Sep 23 2020
Sep 17 2020
By: Kathryn C. Montgomery, Jeff Chester, and Katharina Kopp | Sep 10 2020
TikTok (also known by its Chinese name, Dǒuyīn) has quickly captured the interest of children, adolescents, and young adults in 150 countries around the world. The mobile app enables users to create short video clips, customize them with a panoply of user-friendly special effects tools, and then share them widely through the platform’s vast social network.
Sep 3 2020
Katharina Kopp, CDD (email@example.com; 202-836-4621)
David Monahan, CCFC (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Advocates Call on TikTok Suitors to Clean Up Kids’ Privacy Practices
Groups had filed complaint at FTC documenting how TikTok flouts children’s privacy law, tracks millions of kids without parental consent.
Jul 16 2020
Contact: Jeff Chester
Jun 24 2020
Jeff Chester, CDD (email@example.com; 202-494-7100)
David Monahan, CCFC (firstname.lastname@example.org;)
Statement from Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and Center for Digital Democracy on Comments filed with FTC regarding Endorsement Guides
Jun 5 2020
Supporting the Call for Racial Justice
The Center for Digital Democracy supports the call for racial justice and the fight against police violence, against the systemic injustices that exist in all parts of our society – inferior educational opportunities; lack of affordable equitable health care; an unjust justice system; housing and employment discrimination; and discriminatory marketing practices.
May 5 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Susan Grant, CFA, 202-939-1003
May 5, 2020 Katharina Kopp, CDD, 202-836 4621
White House Must Act To protect privacy and ensure equity in responding to COVID-19 pandemic
Groups Tell Pence to Set Standards to Guide Government and Public-Private Partnership Data Practices and Technology Use
Apr 2 2020
Joint civil society statement: States use of digital surveillance technologies to fight pandemic must respect human rights 2 April 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is a global public health emergency that requires a coordinated and large-scale response by governments worldwide. However, States’ efforts to contain the virus must not be used as a cover to usher in a new era of greatly expanded systems of invasive digital surveillance.
Mar 31 2020
By Jeffrey Chester
The COVID-19 pandemic is a profound global public health crisis that requires our upmost attention: to stem its deadly tide and rebuild the global health system so we do not experience such a dire situation in the future. It also demands that we ensure the U.S. has a digital media system that is democratic, accountable, and one that both provides public services and protects privacy.
Mar 26 2020
Jeffrey Chester, CDD, email@example.com, 202-494-7100
Josh Golin, CCFC, firstname.lastname@example.org, 339-970-4240
Children’s privacy advocates call on FTC to require Google, Disney, other leading companies to disclose how they gather and use data to target kids and families
Threats to young people from digital marketing and data collection are heightened by