Jun 10 2021
The Center for Digital Democracy and 23 other leading civil society groups sent a letter to President Biden today asking his Administration to ensure that any new transatlantic data transfer deal is coupled with the enactment of U.S. laws that reform government surveillance practices and provide comprehensive privacy protections.
May 28 2021
Jeff Chester, CDD (email@example.com; 202-494-7100)
David Monahan, CCFC (firstname.lastname@example.org;)
Advocates Ask FTC to Protect Youth From Manipulative “Dark Patterns” Online
Apr 29 2021
To watch the full FTC Dark Patterns Workshop online visit the FTC website here.
Apr 1 2021
Jeff Chester, CDD email@example.com; 202-494-7100
David Monahan, CCFC, firstname.lastname@example.org
Advocates say Google Play continues to disregard children’s privacy law and urge FTC to act
By: Jeff Chester | Mar 11 2021
Contextual Advertising—Now Driven by AI and Machine Learning—Requires Regulatory Review for Privacy and Marketing Fairness
What’s known as contextual advertising is receiving a big boost from marketers and some policymakers, who claim that it provides a more privacy-friendly alternative to the dominant global surveillance-based “behavioral” marketing model. Google’s plans to eliminate cookies and other third-party trackers used for much of online ad delivery are also spurring greater interest in contextual marketing, which is being touted especially as safe for children.
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
Sep 23 2020
Jul 16 2020
Contact: Jeff Chester
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: Jeff Chester | Feb 7 2020
Google’s (i.e., Alphabet, Inc.) proposed acquisition of Fitbit, a leading health wearable device company, is just one more piece illustrating how the company is actively engaged in shaping the future of public health.
Jan 14 2020
Popular Dating, Health Apps Violate Privacy
Leading Consumer and Privacy Groups Urge Congress, the FTC, State AGs in California, Texas, Oregon to Investigate
For Immediate Release:
Jan. 14, 2020
Nov 21 2019
Subject: Which digital privacy proposals in Congress make the grade?
Nov. 21, 2019
Contact: David Rosen, email@example.com, (202) 588-7742
Susan Grant, firstname.lastname@example.org, (202) 387-6121
Caitriona Fitzgerald, email@example.com, (617) 945-8409
Katharina Kopp, firstname.lastname@example.org, (202) 836-4621
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.
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