An elaborate system is in place designed to influence our behavior by taking advantage of our use of digital media. Social media sites collect your habits, delivering you and your network of friends and relationships to advertisers and marketers. You are a product, sold to corporations: food, credit, entertainment, alcohol, apparel, and even political campaigns. CDD closely tracks this industry, bring their activities to the attention of the public, the media, and policymakers.

 

  • Statement on Edith Ramirez resignation

    By: Jeff Chester | Jan 14 2017

    Edith Ramirez brought the FTC into the 21st century. Under her leadership, the agency made it clear that new technologies had to treat consumers fairly, including when it came to protecting their privacy. Through enforcement, litigation, and publicly exposing new threats, Edith Ramirez’s commission has created a unique consumer protection legacy that will have a long-lasting and positive impact. Ramirez’s tenure has also been marked by a strong commitment to protecting economically vulnerable and other at-risk consumers, including those who reflect the country’s diversity.

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  • Americans Win Significant Broadband Privacy Rights in Historic FCC Decision

    By: Jeff Chester | Oct 27 2016

    Statement of Jeff Chester, executive director, Center for Digital Democracy

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  • Time Warner's "Big Data" Cloud"--what they bring to AT&T Deal

    By: Staff | Oct 25 2016

    Turner Broadcasting is partnering with Epsilon, Krux and Oracle to enable advertisers and their agencies to connect to the Turner Data Cloud (TDC), the company’s advanced data management platform (DMP) originally announced at the company’s Upfront last month.

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  • Need to Know 1084

    By: Staff | Oct 23 2016

    excerpt from recent interview with Rick Welday, president of AT&T AdWorks, 13 October 2016.

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  • CDD Statement on AT&T/Time Warner Deal

    By: Jeff Chester | Oct 22 2016

    This proposed deal raises major challenges for consumers, subscribers and competitors.  It reflects the “Big Data” and digitally data-driven imperatives that are reshaping the U.S.

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  • Need to Know 1082

    By: Staff | Oct 22 2016

    Turner Broadcasting [Time Warner] is partnering with Epsilon, Krux and Oracle to enable advertisers and their agencies to connect to the Turner Data Cloud (TDC), the company’s advanced data management platform (DMP) originally announced at the company’s Upfront last month.

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  • Federal Trade Commission Must Stop “Influencer” Marketing Targeting Kids on YouTube and Other Digital Sites

    By: Staff | Oct 21 2016

    The Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and Public Citizen  filed a complaint at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today asking for an investigation and enforcement action against Google (a subsidiary of Alphabet, Inc.), Disney’s Maker Studios, DreamWorks-owned AwesomenessTV, and two other companies for the unfair and deceptive practice of targeting “influencer” marketing toward children.

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  • Growth of Hyper-local geo-targeting of consumers--they know when you are near stores and more

    By: Jeff Chester | Oct 12 2016

     Introducing DLX Proximity, a new Oracle Datalogix location-based audience category. Target audiences based on proximity from home address to surrounding retailers using highly accurate, offline sources data. Using address data on 110MM+ HHs and latitude/longitude coordinates of retail locations, we’ve built audiences that live within a five-mile shopping radius of each store.

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  • Cross-Device Privacy Must be Protected by FCC Proposed Rule on Broadband ISPs

    By: Jeff Chester | Oct 12 2016

     ... ISPs are engaged in cross-device tracking of its subscribers and customers which allow them to target advertising at the individual and household level.  Exemplary for all ISPs, we are highlighting AT&T’s efforts in this area.

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  • CDD Welcomes FCC Chairman Wheeler’s Broadband Privacy Proposal

    By: Jeff Chester | Oct 6 2016

    Washington, DC: Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced today that he is circulating a broadband ISP privacy proposal to the other four FCC Commissioners detailing a plan that would provide individuals with key safeguards regarding their data. The proposal is designed to help implement the FCC “Open Internet” order to ensure that ISPs respect the privacy of communications over broadband and mobile networks.

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  • Introducing Salesforce Einstein–AI for Everyone

    By: Jeff Chester | Oct 4 2016

    Apple’s Siri analyzes thousands of movie showings and surfaces recommendations for the best times and theaters based on my location within seconds. Spotify knows my music preferences and curates personalized playlists for me. Facebook instantly recognizes my friends in photos and suggests tags with nearly 98 percent accuracy.

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  • Electronic Privacy Information Center & CDD Defend Privacy Rights of WhatsApp Users

    By: Jeff Chester | Aug 29 2016

    Washington, DC (August 29, 2016) – The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) today filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, stating that the WhatsApp plan to transfer user data to Facebook is unlawful and that the FTC is obligated to block the proposed change in business practices. 

    The EPIC-CDD complaint responds to a recent announcement from WhatsApp that the company plans to disclose the verified telephone numbers of WhatsApp users to Facebook for user profiling and targeted advertising.

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  • 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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  • In Reply Comments to FCC, CDD Explains Why Consumers Require Privacy Protection from Broadband Network Providers

    By: Jeff Chester | Jul 7 2016

    We believe that the absence of any FCC rulemaking to protect the privacy of broadband customers would significantly add to the already prevalent sense of confusion and sense of loss of control among broadband internet customers under the existing FTC regime. Instead, the proposed rules will give ISP customers much needed control over their data and are much more likely to increase consumer confidence. 

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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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