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
By: Jeff Chester | Feb 7 2020
Google’s (i.e., Alphabet, Inc.) proposed acquisition of Fitbit, a leading health wearable device company, is just one more piece illustrating how the company is actively engaged in shaping the future of public health.
Dec 18 2019
Jeff Chester, CDD (email@example.com; 202-494-7100)
David Monahan, CCFC (firstname.lastname@example.org; 617-896-9397)
Groups Praise Sen. Markey and Google
for Ensuring Children on YouTube Receive Key Safeguards
Dec 12 2019
Washington, December 11, 2019
By: Jeff Chester | Dec 5 2019
EMBARGOED UNTIL DECEMBER 5, 2019 AT 12:01 AM
Jeffrey Chester, CDD, email@example.com, (202) 494-7100
Josh Golin, CCFC, firstname.lastname@example.org; 617-896-9369
Leading child advocacy, health, and privacy groups call on FTC to Investigate Children’s Digital Media Marketplace Before Proposing any Changes to Privacy Protections for Children
Nov 27 2019
In the aftermath of Google’s settlement with the FTC over its COPPA violations, some independent content producers on YouTube have expressed unhappiness with the decision. They are unclear how to comply with COPPA, and believe their revenue will diminish considerably.
Nov 21 2019
Subject: Which digital privacy proposals in Congress make the grade?
Nov. 21, 2019
Contact: David Rosen, email@example.com, (202) 588-7742
Susan Grant, firstname.lastname@example.org, (202) 387-6121
Caitriona Fitzgerald, email@example.com, (617) 945-8409
Katharina Kopp, firstname.lastname@example.org, (202) 836-4621
Nov 20 2019
Big Tech companies are lobbying to undermine the only federal online privacy law in the US – one which protects children--and we need your help to stop them. Along with the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC), we ask for your help to urge the Federal Trade Commission to strengthen—not weaken—the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Please sign this petition because your voice is essential to a future where children’s privacy is protected from marketers and others.
Nov 13 2019
Oct 8 2019
Most parents can tell you the most popular website for kids is YouTube. But for years, while Google made millions luring children to YouTube, vacuuming up their sensitive information, and using it to target them with ads, Google told the Big Lie: “YouTube is not for kids. It says so right in our terms of service.”
That has now changed, thanks to the advocacy of Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) and the support of a coalition of advocacy groups.
By: Jeff Chester | Sep 11 2019
I played a key role helping get the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) passed by Congress in 1998 (when I was executive director of the Center for Media Education). Since then, I have tried to ensure that the country’s only federal law addressing commercial privacy online was taken seriously.
Sep 4 2019
Advocates Who Filed the Privacy Complaint
Against Google/YouTube Laud Improvements, But Say
FTC Settlement Falls Far Short
By: Jeff Chester | Jul 22 2019
For years, consumer and privacy advocates attempted to get the Federal Trade Commission to act responsibly when it came to ensuring that the digital giants treated the public fairly, including their privacy. Since the mid-1990's, when I first started working to press the commission to be more responsive to the threats to autonomy and fairness triggered by the unrelenting and stealth gathering of all of our personal information (often working with EPIC), I was confronted by an agency which was so cautious, it blinded itself to the problems. The agency has never been able to address the rol