By: Jeff Chester | Feb 27 2015
By: Jeff Chester | Feb 6 2015
Washington, DC: The Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), along with U.S. PIRG, Consumer Watchdog, and Public Citizen, called on the Federal Trade Commission to launch an investigation into the impact on the American public of growing consolidation in consumer offline and online data sources and digital marketing applications. The groups also asked for the FTC to hold a public workshop focused on ensuring Americans receive 21st century safeguards protecting their privacy in online transactions, and a truly competitive marketplace.
By: Jeff Chester | Jan 3 2015
In December, CDD urged the FTC to reject the verifiable parental consent mechanism for COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protect Act) proposed by AgeCheq. The comments are attached. Ensuring meaningful parental consent so their child's data can be gathered and used requires a robust and effective system. Parents need to understand precisely what data is collected and by what means; how it is to be used--now and in the future--as well as the business models and online marketing practices that can affect them. CDD and its attorneys at Georgetown Law Center found a range of problems with Ag
By: Jeff Chester | Dec 22 2014
Statement of Jeff Chester, executive director, CDD
By: Jeff Chester | Dec 18 2014
Consumer, Children’s, and Privacy Groups Challenge Federal Trade Commission’s Proposed Settlement
with TRUSTe (True Ultimate Standards Everywhere, Inc.) As Too Lenient
Stronger Sanctions Needed for TRUSTe’s Violation of the Public Trust
Consumers—Especially Parents—Materially Harmed by Years of Deception
By: Jeff Chester | Dec 9 2014
Consumer, Child Health, and Privacy Groups Urge Federal Trade Commission to Investigate and Bring Action Against Topps for Violating Children’s Privacy Rights through its Child-directed Website Candymania.com and its #RockThatRock Contest
By: Jeff Chester | Dec 2 2014
For months, CDD has been in contact with the Federal Trade Commission over the actual efficacy of the so-called "Safe Harbors" programs established to address children's privacy thru the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). We have major concerns about how these programs are structured, and whether they meaningfully ensure privacy of young people. We have asked, via FOIA, for a detailed documentation on how the COPPA Safe Harbors operate. The FTC has not--to date--provided the information parents and the public require. CDD will ensure, however, that there is meaningful acc
By: Jeff Chester | Nov 12 2014
Through the terrfic work of Public Citizen, CDD submitted this Amicus brief today in what's called the Wyndham case. Wyndham and its allies are challenging the much needed role of the FTC to protect Americans from data breaches and related online harms. That they are afraid of having a consumer protection agency do its job says a great deal about them. The brief is attached.
By: Jeff Chester | Nov 5 2014
[excerpt from attached letter]
Dear Chairwoman Ramirez:
By: Jeff Chester | Oct 29 2014
U.S. PIRG Education Fund and the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) respectfully submit these additional comments to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). A set of regulatory and other safeguards is urgently required to ensure that contemporary “Big Data”-driven financial services are used in an equitable, transparent, and responsible manner. All Americans, especially those who confront daily challenges to their economic security, should be assured that their lives will be enhanced—not undermined—by the new digital-data financial services marketplace.