By: Jeff Chester | Mar 19 2013
This letter was sent today to new FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez by three-dozen NGOs--including the national leaders in the consumer and privacy fields.
By: Jeff Chester | Mar 1 2013
As part of the comprehensive system of commercial surveillance tracking us 24/7 wherever we go and do, more companies are integrating offline and purchasing data with online information. But when the largest commercial database of individuals around the world marries its user data with the ton of consumer records held by Acxiom, Epsilon, Bluekai and
By: Jeff Chester | Feb 28 2013
Statement on Appointment of Edith Ramirez at Chair of the FTC by Jeff Chester, CDD
By: Jeff Chester | Feb 20 2013
CDD has obtained a Yahoo! lobbying document being given to EU policymakers. Yahoo! is working to undermine pending legislative proposals that would significantly strengthen the rights EU citizens have regarding the collection and use of their information. Entiled "Yahoo!
By: Jeff Chester | Feb 18 2013
Digital marketing, including data collection, profiling, tracking and targeting, pervades the Internet experience. One of the less-discussed areas is the targeting of individuals because of their race or ethnicity. As CDD's new report discusses, multicultural groups are "In the Digital Bullseye," with online advertisers and others focused on reaching African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans and others. Data collected on each of us can include our financial status, health concerns, location, spending habits--and also ethnicity and race. Multicultural groups are seen as vitally impo
By: Jeff Chester | Feb 4 2013
This letter was sent today to top Obama Administration officials.
By: Jeff Chester | Jan 21 2013
In the European Union, privacy is a fundamental Human Right. So it’s no surprise that leading EU officials are supporting a proposal that place citizens and consumers in better control of their information (or, as its called in the EU, ensuring “data protection”). Many in the EU understand the stakes, as today’s digital tracking and profiling technologies enable far-reaching surveillance and influence on individuals. Online marketers, for example, have—in their
By: Jeff Chester | Dec 21 2012
The report released today by the Federal Trade Commission analyzing expenditures by food and beverage marketers to target both children and teens shows a dramatic increase in the use of digital marketing. According to the report, "spending on new media, such as online, mobile, and viral marketing, increased by 50%." The report also underscored how young people are the target of "integrated" campaigns, pursued across the "4 Scree
By: Jeff Chester | Dec 19 2012
Leaders of the Effort to Pass COPPA in 1998 Say Parents Should Now Have Greater Control of their Children’s Information Online
By: Jeff Chester | Dec 18 2012
The dramatic growth of the data broker industry, fueled by information on consumers culled from the Internet, social media, mobile phones, and in-store shopping, has created a multitude of all seeing eyes spying on Americans everyday. A digital gold mine of infinite details is harvested about each of us--what we buy, who are friends are, how much we earn, our ethnicity, health concerns, location, etc. For the most part, these records are off limits to consumers, who can't really discover what they say about us--including the likely errors they may contain.