By: Jeffrey Chester | Feb 18 2021
The Whole World will Still be Watching You:
Google & Digital Marketing Industry “Death-of-the-Cookie” Privacy Initiatives Require Scrutiny from Public Policymakers
Oct 16 2020
CONSUMER AND CITIZEN GROUPS CONTINUE TO HAVE SERIOUS CONCERNS ABOUT GOOGLE FITBIT TAKEOVER
Joint Statement on Possible Remedies
By: Jeffrey Chester | Sep 30 2020
The Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and CDD filed comments with the UN’s Special Rapporteur on privacy, as part of a consultation designed to propose global safeguards for young people online. Both CCFC and CDD, along with allies in the U.S. and throughout the world, are working to advance stronger international protections for young people, especially related to their privacy and the impacts that digital marketing has on their development.
Sep 24 2020
For Immediate Release
September 24, 2020
Contact: Jeff Chester (202-494-7100)
By: Katharina Kopp | Sep 24 2020
The Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) announced today its opposition to the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), also known as Proposition 24, which will appear on the November 2020 California general election ballot. CDD has concluded that Prop 24 does not sufficiently strengthen Californians’ privacy and may, in fact, set a new, low, and thus dangerous standard for privacy protection in the U.S.
Sep 23 2020
Sep 17 2020
May 14 2020
Jeff Chester, CDD (firstname.lastname@example.org; 202-494-7100)
David Monahan, CCFC (email@example.com;)
Advocates Say TikTok In Contempt of Court Order
More kids than ever use the site due to COVID19 quarantine, but TikTok flouts settlement agreement with the FTC
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.
By: Kathryn Montgomery and Jeff Chester | Jan 16 2020
In March 2018, The New York Times and The Guardian/Observer broke an explosive story that Cambridge Analytica, a British data firm, had harvested more than 50 million Facebook profiles and used them to engage in psychometric targeting during the 2016 US presidential election (Rosenberg, Confessore, & Cadwalladr, 2018). The scandal erupted amid ongoing concerns over Russian use of social media to interfere in the electoral process.
By: Jeff Chester | Jan 15 2020
A new report on how political marketing insiders and platforms such as Facebook view the “ethical” issues raised by the role of digital marketing in elections illustrates why advocates and others concerned about election integrity should make this issue a public-policy priority. We cannot afford to leave it in the hands of “Politech” firms and political campaign professionals, who appear unable to acknowledge the consequences to democracy of their unfettered use of powerful data-driven online-marketing applications.
Nov 13 2019
By: Jeff Chester | Sep 11 2019
Working closely with the Electronic Privacy Information Center (epic.org) and US PIRG, CDD led a campaign to oppose the acquisition of Doubleclick by Google. CDD opposed the deal on privacy, consumer protection and competiton grounds. We all foresaw what would happen if Google was allowed to swallow a leading digital marketing giant--more data collect
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
David Monahan, CCFC (firstname.lastname@example.org; 617-896-9397)
Advocates Who Filed the Privacy Complaint
Against Google/YouTube Laud Improvements, But Say
FTC Settlement Falls Far Short
By: Jeff Chester | Aug 2 2019
By: Jeff Chester | Jul 26 2019
July 26, 2019
Consumer Privacy Organizations to Challenge Facebook Settlement
Statement from Groups
“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.
By: Jeff Chester | Jul 24 2019
Statement of Jeff Chester, executive director, Center for Digital Democracy--CDD helped bring the 2009 FTC complaint that is the subject of today's decision on the Consent Order
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