Entries Matching: Consumer Privacy

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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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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Public Knowledge Appoints Chris Lewis to Succeed Kimmelman as President and CEO

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Today, Public Knowledge is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Lewis as the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer as Gene Kimmelman steps down from the position.

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Public Knowledge Criticizes Reported $5 Billion Facebook Settlement

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Reports indicate that the Federal Trade Commission recently voted 3-2 along party lines to approve a roughly $5 billion settlement with Facebook over the company’s repeated privacy violations, including the Cambridge Analytica incident. The FTC is expected to unveil the terms of the fine -- including possible conditions -- once the Department of Justice has finalized the settlement.

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Public Knowledge Commends FCC for Addressing Consumer Privacy in E911 FNPRM

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Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Fourth Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that seeks to adopt a vertical, or “Z-axis,” metric to enhance location accuracy for wireless E911 calls. The vote follows a recent Motherboard investigation into carriers selling or giving away this information to third parties. Public Knowledge recently filed an ex parte arguing for amending the FNPRM to address this oversight and applauds Commissioner Geoffrey Starks for taking consumer privacy concerns seriously.

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