We are now subjected to a far-ranging system of “commercial surveillance,” where our information is continuously gathered. Data is collected when we go online, use mobile phones, post to social media, and more. CDD plays a unique leadership role holding the digital data industry accountable, as well as helping foster regulatory safeguards.

 

  • DoJ and FCC Regulators Must Scrutinize Verizon/Yahoo deal

    By: Jeff Chester | Jul 25 2016

    Statement of Jeff Chester, CDD executive director:   Regulators, including the DOJ and FCC, must prevent Verizon from taking anticompetitive and unfair advantage of its broadband ISP bird’s nest view of what their subscribers and consumers do—online and off.  The  proposed takeover of Yahoo’s core digital data advertising business, when combined with the capability to gather information from its wireless devices, broadband networks, and set-top boxes, gives it control over the key screens that Americans use today.  Verizon has already supercharged its use of “Big Data” tactics to monitor th

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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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  • Leading Privacy Scholars Support FCC Privacy Proposal for Broadband ISPs

    By: Jeff Chester | Jul 7 2016

    We the undersigned privacy scholars support the proposal of the Federal Communications Commission to apply and adapt the Communications Act’s Title II consumer protection provisions to broadband internet access services. We commend the Commission’s much-needed efforts to carry out its statutory obligation and to protect the privacy of broadband internet access customers.

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  • Consumer, Privacy Groups decry failure to protect consumer facial and biometric privacy by Commerce Department and industry lobbyists

    By: Jeff Chester | Jun 15 2016

    Alvaro Bedoya, Center for Digital Democracy,  Common Sense Kids Action, Consumer Action, Consumer Federation of America, Consumer Watchdog, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, and U.S. PIRG

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  • CDD Research Basis of FCC complaint against Comcast, AT&T and Cablevision on cable TV privacy

    By: Jeff Chester | Jun 10 2016

    In the Matter of Petition of Public Knowledge, Center for Digital Democracy, Consumer Watchdog, Consumer Federation of America, and TURN —The Utility Reform Network 

    Introduction:

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  • AT&T: See databrokers they use in attached doc. "Best Practices"

    By: Staff | Jun 10 2016

    Addressable TV was launched in 2012 by DIRECTV. Multi Video Program Distributors (MVPDs), such as DIRECTV, are currently the only entities offering true Addressable TV due to required access of both the video distribution system and data center. MVPDs offer Addressable TV in the ad breaks they receive from program networks, such as ESPN and CNN, as part of their carriage agreements.

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  • CDD Calls on FCC to Protect Consumer Privacy on Broadband Networks

    By: Jeff Chester | May 28 2016

    The Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), a nonprofit organization representing the interests of consumers in the digital marketplace, strongly supports the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) proposal to empower individuals to make effective decisions regarding their privacy on broadband networks. Broadband Internet access service (BIAS) plays a powerful and distinctive role in the commercial digital media marketplace, requiring precisely the set of sensible safeguards offered by the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM).

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  • Katharina Kopp Joins CDD as Deputy Director and Director of Policy

    By: Jeff Chester | May 18 2016

    Katharina Kopp, Ph.D., will join the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) on 6 June 2016 as its deputy director and director of policy. Dr. Kopp comes to CDD with decades of experience as an advocate, scholar, policy analyst, privacy expert, and corporate leader. She will develop and oversee a range of new initiatives at CDD, expanding the scope of its work on the role and impact of “Big Data” in contemporary society. Dr. Kopp will focus particularly on developing new policies to advance individual autonomy and consumer protections, as well as social justice, equity, and human rights.

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  • Set-top Box market should be open, but consumers and privacy protected, CDD tells FCC

    By: Jeff Chester | Apr 21 2016

    The Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), which works to empower and protect consumers in the digital marketplace, endorses the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) important proposal to provide both choice and competition in the provision of navigational devices for video and related content. CDD strongly believes that the FCC should proceed with its plan to allow third parties to build and sell navigational devices.

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  • Today’s FCC Action Will Force Open the “Black Box” of ISP Data Gathering Practices that Threaten Consumer Privacy

    By: Jeff Chester | Mar 31 2016

    Phone and cable ISPs pose a major threat to the privacy of their subscribers and consumers.  They have a growing arsenal of “Big Data” capabilities that eavesdrop on their customers—including families.  Internet Service Providers are gathering data on what we do and where we go, using sophisticated algorithms and predictive analytics to sell our information to marketers.  As CDD documented in a report released last week, ISPs have been on a data bu

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  • Commerce Department Continues to Show Disregard for Consumer Privacy by “convening” industry dominated group on facial recognition without participation of consumer and privacy civil society groups

    By: Jeff Chester | Mar 29 2016

    Americans face new privacy threats from the use of their facial and other biometric information, as personal details of our physical selves are captured, analyzed and used for commercial purposes.  Facial recognition technologies are part of the ever-growing data collection and profiling being conduced daily on Americans today—whe

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  • CDD Statement on FTC Commissioner Julie Brill

    By: Jeff Chester | Mar 22 2016

    Julie Brill faces a formidable task as she tries to balance what she knows are industry-wide practices that undermine privacy with the intense commercial pressures to financially harvest our data.  Whether Julie can successfully act as a one woman privacy truth squad is to early to tell.  She recognizes all the ways that companies take advantage of consumers today, including tracking them on every device and wherever they are.

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  • CDD, EPIC, Privacy Groups files Brief in Support of Apple in FBI iPhone case

    By: Jeff Chester | Mar 4 2016

    This brief is submitted on behalf of several Consumer Privacy Organizations who seek to protect consumers from data breach, financial fraud, and identity theft. The Consumer Privacy Organizations associated with the EPIC amicus brief believe that a court order to compel Apple to develop a technique to break security features designed to keep out third parties will result in an increase in crime against consumers. 

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  • Ten Questions that the Federal Trade Commission Should Answer on Cross-Device Online Tracking of Individuals.

    By: Jeff Chester | Nov 16 2015



    1. Why has the FTC waited so long to review this serious threat to our privacy?

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  • Safe Harbor on Data Declared Illegal: Message to U.S.—Time to Enact Privacy Law that Protects Americans and Supports Global Data Protection

    By: Jeff Chester | Oct 6 2015

    Today’s historic decision by the European Court of Justice, which overturned the purposely ineffective “Safe Harbor” deal enabling data to flow to the U.S., is very welcome.  As one reads the court’s findings, it’s clear that for the EU, fundamental and human rights include the right to have your personal privacy protected.  That means from both governmental surveillance (such as the NSA and other intelligence agencies) and also with commercial Internet companies—as Google or Facebook.

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  • Internet as a Commons: Public Space in the Digital Age

    By: Jeff Chester | Sep 18 2015

    The Internet as a whole has become an important part of our global public sphere. Internet provides access to a wealth of information and knowledge, and the possibility to participate, create and communicate. This public space made up of internet infrastructures is increasingly threatened from two sides; by the centralization and commercialization through the dominant positions held by giant telecom and Internet companies, as well as by an increasing trend in state regulation and censorship of the net.

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  • My personal data, nobody's business but my own:

    By: Jeff Chester | Sep 17 2015


    Summary: 
    BEUC reiterates the urgent need to put consumers back in control over the way their personal data is processed online and hopes an agreement on the General Data Protection Regulation will be reached under the Luxembourg Presidency.

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  • Step Aside, Creators. Brands Are Taking Over YouTube

    By: Staff | Jul 27 2015

    The digital video world will converge on Anaheim, Calif., this week for the sixth annual VidCon, a three-day extravaganza that's grown from 1,400 YouTubers and their rabid fans, to 20,000 strong, with top-tier creators from Vine, Vimeo, Tumblr and Meerkat, just to name a few. Some of the biggest brands on the planet will also be in attendance.

    It's no wonder. While about 90 percent of video viewing is still on TV, according to Nielsen, 18- to 34-year-olds—a demographic coveted by advertisers—are increasingly cutting the cord.

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  • IAB Programmatic Revenue Report 2014 Results

    By: Staff | Jul 24 2015

    July 20, 2015 — Over the last several years, publishers and advertisers have continued to adopt programmatic buying and selling of digital inventory into their media strategies; however, within the complex programmatic ecosystem there has been a lack of consensus around the definition of programmatic and its associated types and formats and the size of the programmatic market in comparison with the overall internet advertising market.

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  • Tsunami of Offline Customer Data is Flowing to the Web

    By: Staff | Jul 22 2015

    Call it something dry like "data on-boarding" or something marketable like "connectivity." Whatever it's called, Acxiom-owned LiveRamp is doing a lot more of it than a year ago. The company currently "on-boards" or connects 20 billion consumer records representing individuals or households each month, or around 240 billion per year.

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