By: Staff | Jul 14 2015
The Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), through its counsel, requests the following documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552, related to enforcement of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), 15 U.S.C. § 6501 et seq.:
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.
By: Staff | Jun 22 2015
Delving deeper into ecommerce, Twitter is testing some new ways to help users discover products within its network.
By: Staff | Jun 15 2015
EMBARGOED FOR USE AFTER THE REPORT IS LAID IN PARLIAMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER ON THURSDAY
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:
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.
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.
By: Alyce Myatt | Apr 22 2015
Washington, DC – Tuesday, April 7 – A coalition of prominent children’s and consumer advocacy groups filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today requesting an investigation of Google, charging the company with unfair and deceptive practices in connection with its new YouTube Kids app.
By: Alyce Myatt | Apr 9 2015
By: Jeff Chester | Apr 7 2015
By: Alyce Myatt | Apr 3 2015
The leading U.S.
Statement from Hudson Kingston, CDD Legal Director:
By: Jeff Chester | Dec 18 2014
Consumer, Children’s, and Privacy Groups Challenge Federal Trade Commission’s Proposed Settlement
with TRUSTe (True Ultimate Standards Everywhere, Inc.) As Too Lenient
Stronger Sanctions Needed for TRUSTe’s Violation of the Public Trust
Consumers—Especially Parents—Materially Harmed by Years of Deception
By: Jeff Chester | Nov 26 2014
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), a federal law my NGO led the campaign for back in the mid-1990's, was designed to ensure that parents (or the responsible adult) be able to make meaningful decisions about commercial data collected from a child (thru age 12). It's based on a concept requiring serious (read honest) and full disclosure of data collection and use practices, with prior affirmative consent (informed opt-in) before any collection occurs. Given the powerful array of digital marketing techniques focused on c
By: Jeff Chester | Sep 22 2014
Youth of color are a key focus for digital marketers, especially for fast-foods and beverages linked to the youth obesity epidemic. The digital targeting of African American and Hispanic youth is growing, and uses a full array of sophisticated mobile, geo-location, social media and other cutting-edge marketing strategies. Food and beverage marketers should adopt practices that stop unfair and irresponsible digital marketing practices. The FTC and State AG's should call for safeguards.
Here's the latest CDD Infographic that addresses African American youth.
By: Jeff Chester | May 15 2014
In our research we've noticed that some groups get more attention than others when it comes to digital marketing. See our infographic below highlighting some of our concerns about "Junk Food Marketing to Hispanic Youth"
By: Jeff Chester | Feb 20 2014
Center for Digital Democracy Leads Coalition of Children’s, Health, and Consumer Advocates in Challenging District Court DecisionFriend-of-the-Court Brief Urges Stronger Privacy Protections for Teen Facebook Users
By: Jeff Chester | Sep 19 2013
The Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) closely analyzes Facebook’s privacy and marketing policies. In partnership with other child advocacy, health and consumer organizations, we are in an on-going discussion about Facebook's data collection and marketing policies and its impact on children and teens. As part of our public outreach work, CDD is releasing “5 Reasons Why Facebook is Not Suitable for Children Under 13." The guide lays out some of the key problematic business and marketing practices that makes Facebook own data-driven marketing practices of concern for children.
By: Jeff Chester | Jun 26 2013
The new FTC rules designed to better protect children's privacy kick-in on July 1, 2013. CDD and colleagues led a four-year campaign to help create these safeguards. The new rules better protect kids from stealth online tracking, the collection of their geo-location information by apps and mobile devices, data gathered by social media, etc. Here's a guide for parents to help them understand how to make COPPA work for them.
By: Jeff Chester | May 8 2013
In a 4-0 decision, the FTC agreed with CDD and a coalition of consumer, public health, and child advocay groups to reject calls from the online marketing lobby to delay the implementation of the new COPPA rules. The decision can be read here.
Our coalition's oppostion to the industry request played an important role in the commission's decision. It can be reviewed here.
By: Alyce Myatt | Dec 6 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dec. 6, 2012
New Survey Reveals Strong Support for Updating Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act
Majority express concerns about new marketing and data-collection practices such as behavioral profiling and mobile tracking