The Center for Digital Democracy’s mission is to serve as a watchdog to research and report on digital privacy, consumer online security and protection, and online marketing practices, and to work to promote consumer protection policies. As part of this work we carefully watch important industry practices and developments which we highlight in our Industry Watch, produce blog posts which we publish under our Blog, submit legal filings as part of federal, state or local law suits or legal and regulatory proceedings which you can read about in our CDD Filingsand publish news releases which are available under Press Releases.

  • Groups Join Legal Battle to Fight Ineffective FTC Privacy Decision on Facebook

    By: Jeff Chester | Jul 26 2019

    FOR RELEASE

    July 26, 2019

    Consumer Privacy Organizations to Challenge Facebook Settlement

    Statement from Groups

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    “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

    "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 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

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

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    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.

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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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