By: Jeff Chester | Mar 25 2014
Beginning a more informed discussion on the privacy and consumer protection implications of Facial Recognition Technology: NTIA Privacy Multi-stakeholder Process:
By: Jeff Chester | Mar 22 2014
EPIC and CDD filed this at the FTC today. Despite the protestations of Whatsapp's founders, they cannot guarantee that Facebook won't eventually incorporate the rich vein of mobile, location and other data that flows from its services. If the Whatsapp founders are truly to commited to its user privacy, we ask them to enter into a voluntary 20 year consent decree with the FTC, placing on the record that they will maintain privacy practices without Facebook interference.
By: Jeff Chester | Mar 21 2014
We were pleased to learn that the FTC filed an Amicus brief in the 9th Circuit yesterday to help create the misleading record Facebook created in the so-called "Sponsored Stories" case. CDD, along with Public Citizens and the Children's Advovacy Institute (U of San Diego) have been closely working together on the case, to support an outcome that provides the privacy safeguards teens require. Here's what CDD's attorney Hudson Kingston said about the FTC's filing:
By: Jeff Chester | Mar 20 2014
Here's a summary from our attorney Eric Null at Institute for Public Representation, Georgetown University Law Center:
By: Jeff Chester | Mar 18 2014
By: Jeff Chester | Mar 6 2014
We urge you to review the attached FTC complaint that was filed today by EPIC and CDD. The millions of WhatsApp users who signed up for the service were promised--repeatedly as you will read in the complaint--that the company didn't want to gather and commercialize their data. They posed as the "unFacebook," deriding the commercial surveillance apparatus that lies at the core of contemporary online practices. Yet at the same time they made their public privacy promises, they were being
By: Jeff Chester | Feb 24 2014
More than 40 groups sent a letter to President Obama today on the second anniversary of the Administration's promise it would seek a new "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights." Although the President said in 2012 that "we can't wait" for such new safeguards, so far the Administration has failed to deliver proposed legislative language. Civil rights, civil liberties, consumer, privacy and child advocacy groups signed the letter, which urged the President t
By: Jeff Chester | Feb 13 2014
Feb. 13, 2014
Facebook Settlement Endangers Kids and Breaks Law in Seven States, Public Interest Groups, Parents Tell 9th Circuit
Children’s Privacy Organization Denounces Settlement, Refuses Money
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Consumer, children’s safety, digital privacy groups and parents are urging a federal appeals court to toss out a settlement agreement that permits Facebook to use kids’ pictures in ads without the consent of their parents – which is illegal in seven states.
By: Jeff Chester | Feb 10 2014
This letter was sent today to John Holdren, the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and was signed by 25 groups. It calls on the White House to include a public comment period as part of its current 90-day "Big Data" review announced by the President during his speech on NSA reforms. It coincides as well with a meeting planned today on the issue led by John Podesta.
By: Jeff Chester | Jan 28 2014
excerpt via Exchangewire: Privacy awareness body Truste has today (28 January) released its annual Consumer Confidence Index, revealing 60% of participants in the survey were more concerned about their online privacy compared to 12 months ago, with 89% actively “avoiding” companies they don’t believe protect their privacy adequately....However, it seems that contagion has spread to the private sector too, as there are three times as many survey participants concerned about companies