FTC Makes Advances Protecting the Privacy of Americans in Big Data Era, with Call for Congress to Rein-in Data Brokers

But major concerns loom as report leaves consumers vulnerable to widespread data collection and tracking.   Battles ahead as consumer group presses for action

Statement of Jeff Chester, Executive Director, Center for Digital Democracy


One sign of the success of my CDD and our privacy, consumer protection and civil liberties allies is the dramatic growth of lobbyists working for the online marketing industry in DC (and around world).  Google, Facebook, Yahoo and others are fearful that the Congress and FTC will weigh in and protect the public.  That's why the digital giants have opened up their sizeable wallets to help them buy the influence and professional assistance they require.  Politico has a very good article on these latest developments.  Which I excerpt below because it should be on the public record, as the work