Consumer Privacy


Cengage/Mcgraw-Hill Merger Would Make Students Pay Even More for Textbooks

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Almost a year ago today I unpacked my bags, put up my last poster in my dorm room, and prepared for my first day as a college student. One of the first items on my to-do list -- apart from figuring out where my classes were -- was buying the textbooks I would need for my classes. As I opened my laptop and looked up the titles I was shocked at what I was seeing. A mix of required readings that individually cost more than the concert ticket I had been saving up for. Apart from traditional print titles, I was equally amazed that some classes required books that were solely online -- none of which I would own, but rather would have access to for a limited amount of time.

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Public Knowledge Responds to Hyp3r Scraping Instagram User Data Without Consent

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Today, reports surfaced that a Facebook third-party marketing partner, Hyp3r, collected public Instagram user data that was intended to disappear after 24 hours over the course of a year. This data includes records of Instagram users’ geolocation, personal bios, followers, metadata, and photos.

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Protecting Privacy Requires Private Rights of Action, Not Forced Arbitration

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Over the past few years, the major U.S. mobile carriers have been in the spotlight over allegations that they have been selling their subscribers’ real-time geolocation data, including highly precise assisted GPS (A-GPS) information designed for use with “Enhanced 911” (E911). The Federal Communications Commission requires mobile carriers to offer E911, a service that provides 911 operators with a wireless caller’s location information, generally accurate within 50 to 300 meters.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Equifax Settlement, Renews Call For Privacy Legislation

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Today, the Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced an Equifax settlement that includes a fine up to $700 million for the 2017 Equifax data breach that jeopardized sensitive financial data of millions of Americans.

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