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.


  • Can Mondelez, Facebook Sell More Cookies Online?

    By: Staff | Jun 26 2015

    Mondelez International has struck a new deal with Facebook that the Oreo maker says will help it crack the code for selling more cookies online.

    The pact renews a one-year global strategic partnership announced in March of 2014 that covered 52 countries and gave the snacks and candy marketer access to Facebook's beta testing programs. The new arrangement also covers 52 countries and will "focus on creating and delivering creative video content and driving impulse snack purchasing online," according to a statement issued on Tuesday.

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  • Facebook has been looking at an alternative to the 'Like' button

    By: Staff | Jun 24 2015

    Facebook has given us a bit more of an insight into some of the more experimental new products and apps its product team has been working on.

    Speaking at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, Facebook's chief product officer Chris Cox, showed off what could one day work as a more expressive version of the Like button.

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  • Twitter Pushes Ecommerce Efforts

    By: Staff | Jun 22 2015

    Delving deeper into ecommerce, Twitter is testing some new ways to help users discover products within its network.

    Twitter | Media Post

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  • The First 5 Seconds: Creating YouTube Ads That Break Through in a Skippable World

    By: Staff | Jun 18 2015

    Five, four, three, two, one. What keeps people watching after the first five seconds? What can science tell us about the art of video advertising? We took a peek behind the data curtain to see which creative choices capture audiences' attention.

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  • Beyond Frontal Faces: Improving Person Recognition Using Multiple Cues

    By: Staff | Jun 17 2015

    We explore the task of recognizing peoples' identities in photo albums in an unconstrained setting. To facilitate this, we introduce the new People In Photo Albums (PIPA) dataset, consisting of over 60000 instances of over 2000 individuals collected from public Flickr photo albums. With only about half of the person images containing a frontal face, the recognition task is very challenging due to the large variations in pose, clothing, camera viewpoint, image resolution and illumination.

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  • Privacy and Consumer Advocates Leave Administration’s “Multistakeholder” Negotiations on Facial Recognition

    By: Jeff Chester | Jun 16 2015

    Today, the groups participating in the Obama Administration’s so-called multi-stakeholder negotiations to develop a self-regulatory “code of conduct” on facial recognition and privacy sent a letter (attached) to the Commerce Department explaining why they would no longer participate in the process. As CDD has said from the start, the approach the Administration embraced to protect consumers’ rights to their personal information was flawed.

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  • Statement by the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation on Publication of the Report of the Investigatory Powers of Review

    By: Staff | Jun 15 2015


    11 JUNE 2015

    Today the Prime Minister published the Report of the Investigatory Powers Review, entitled ‘A Question of Trust’.  It was submitted to him by David Anderson Q.C. Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation.


    David Anderson said:

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  • Opening up the “Black Box” of Digital Marketing and the Role of Programmatic Advertising

    By: Jeff Chester | Jun 12 2015

    There is a growing and much needed debate on the role that algorithms and machine-driven decision making play in our lives.

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  • AppNexus invites Brands to 'Bring their Own Algorithm' for New Bidder Product

    By: Staff | Jun 12 2015

    AppNexus has launched a new programme which it claims allows advertisers to say “goodbye to the black box” and use their data more effectively.

    The ad tech company has today announced the launch of AppNexus Programmable Bidder (APB), enabling buyers to “bring their own algorithms” and plug them directly into the firm’s infrastructure.

    Available to only a handful of clients, the product will eventually be opened up to all clients with their own data sets. Advertisers will set the parameters for the campaign, while AppNexus will manage bidding, reporting and engineering.

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  • Micro-Moments – Think with Google

    By: Staff | Jun 10 2015

    Mobile has forever changed the way we live, and it’s forever changed what we expect of brands. It’s fractured the consumer journey into hundreds of real-time, intent-driven micro-moments. Each one is a critical opportunity for brands to shape our decisions and preferences.

    Full article available at http://bit.ly/1AKfsWF

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  • Nielsen Completes Acquisition of Innerscope Research, Launching New Era in Consumer Neuroscience

    By: Staff | Jun 8 2015

    Nielsen today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Innerscope Research and has renamed its combined offering as Nielsen Consumer Neuroscience. The combined entity is thought to be the largest consumer neuroscience organization in the world.

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  • Remarks by Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, Ambassador Robert W. Holleyman II: Digital Economy and Trade: A 21st Century Leadership Imperative

    By: Staff | Jun 5 2015

    Washington, DC – Friday, May 1 – Thank you, Representative Kind, for that warm introduction, and for your leadership of the New Democrat Coalition.  The Coalition’s American Prosperity Agenda recognizes the role that smart economic policy can play in sharpening the competitive edge that makes America home to the world’s finest innovators.  Your commitment to advancing polices to ensure that the Internet remains open, free, and a platform for global innovation is something that we at USTR share.  It is also a key impetus for many of the digital economy initiatives I will describe today.

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  • Nielsen Launches Digital Ad Ratings in China

    By: Staff | Jun 3 2015

    Beijing – May 28, 2015 – Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN) today announced the launch of Digital Ad Ratings in China in collaboration with Tencent, further expanding the solution’s global footprint. Currently available in eight other markets (Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, U.K. and U.S.), Digital Ad Ratings has become the industry standard for digital campaign measurement globally.

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  • Digital Marketing Budgets in the Banking Industry Set to Explode

    By: Staff | Jun 1 2015

    Financial marketers will be spending more and more on paid digital advertising in the next five years. This exclusive report looks at the digital advertising trends that will be reshaping the banking the industry in 2015 and beyond.

    Ad spending on digital media by US financial institutions industry will top $7 billion in 2015, a 14.5% gain over 2014, according to a report from eMarketer.

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  • CDD asks Court to Require FTC Make Public Information on “Safe Harbor” Programs for COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act)

    By: Staff | May 26 2015

    The Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), in its ongoing efforts to monitor the Federal Trade Commission’s enforcement of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), has filed a motion in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia challenging the FTC’s refusal to release important COPPA documentation. The case involves seven “safe harbor” programs, such as KidSAFE and TRUSTe, approved by the FTC to handle website compliance with COPPA regulations.

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  • Advocates Charge Google with Deceiving Parents about Content on YouTube Kids

    By: Jeff Chester | May 19 2015

    Washington, DC – Tuesday, May 19 – Two leading child and consumer advocacy groups have filed an important update to their Federal Trade Commission complaint against Google’s YouTube Kids app for false and deceptive marketing.

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  • Watch "Looking Inside The Black Box Society"

    By: Alyce Myatt | May 6 2015


    Digital Data and Consumer Protection: Ensuring a Fair and Equitable Financial Marketplace.

    Author and Professor Frank Pasquale discusses his new book "The Black Box Society," on the growing use of secret algorithms to categorize consumers.

    A Project of US PIRG Education Fund & Center for Digital Democracy

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  • Protecting Consumers from Data-driven and Cross-device “Native” Advertising

    By: Jeff Chester | May 6 2015

    So-called “native advertising” ─where advertiser-produced or –directed content is designed to blend in with online editorial information ─ is quickly becoming a dominant way American consumers receive marketing. Marketers in the U.S. spent nearly $8 billion last year on native ads (up $3 billion from 2013), which is expected to rise to $21 billion by2018.1 Native ads are where the “format and the tone match that of a publisher’s original editorial content.2

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  • U.S. PIRG and CDD urge Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to issue regulations and safeguards for mobile and digital financial services and privacy

    By: Alyce Myatt | Apr 4 2015

    Washington: Two leading consumer organizations told the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today to issue rules so consumers can use mobile financial services without placing their privacy at risk or exposing themselves to new forms of predatory lending and other unfair practices.  The groups—U.S. PIRG and the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD)— submitted comments to the agency as part of its inquiry on mobile financial services.

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  • Network Neutrality, Protecting Privacy & placing limits on the power of the "old" &"new" media: Net Freedom

    By: Jeff Chester | Mar 8 2015

    The Internet and our digital media are quietly becoming a pervasive and manipulative interactive surveillance system.  Leading U.S.

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