By: Alyce Myatt | Apr 9 2015
By: Jeff Chester | Apr 7 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 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
By: Jeff Chester | Feb 12 2012
Here's the abstract.
By: Jeff Chester | Apr 11 2011
An analysis of the contemporary digital marketing landscape, focusing on the promotion of food & beverage products to youth. Written by Kathryn Montgomery, Ph.D., Sonya Grier, Ph.D, Lori Dorfman, Dr.PH, and Jeff Chester, MSW.
By: Jeff Chester | Apr 27 2005
Contact: Jeff Chester, CDD, 202-494-7100
Digital and Social Media Marketing Promotion of Beer and Liquor Threatens Youth, new report warns
Consumer and health groups call on FTC and state attorneys general for action; will announce recommendations at May 18 news conference
By: Jeff Chester | Jun 6 1996
CDD's predecessor group, Center for Media Education, released this report in 1996. It played a key role generating support, at the FTC and in Congress, to enact the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act in 1998 (COPPA).