Items tagged "Privacy"

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Public Knowledge Urges FTC to Investigate Facebook’s Data-Sharing Partnerships With Device Makers

June 4, 2018 consent decree , Consumer Privacy , Data Privacy , Facebook , Privacy

Yesterday, reports surfaced that Facebook formed data-sharing partnerships with device makers, enabling companies like Amazon and Apple to access Facebook users’ and their friends’ data — without those friends’ consent. Reports indicate that the shared data includes data pertaining to users who expressly denied Facebook permission to share their information with any third parties.

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Public Knowledge Responds to European Union’s New Data Privacy Law

May 25, 2018 Data Protection , GDPR , Privacy

Today, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation goes into effect. The GDPR seeks to give European consumers control of their personal data in the digital era. It creates stringent rules for the collection, processing, and transfer of personal data of European residents. It also emphasizes the importance of explicit consent as a basis for data collection and processing, lists users’ rights, and encourages companies to adopt more privacy and security-oriented approaches to the collection and processing of personal data.

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Public Knowledge Releases Paper on Online Platforms and Due Process

May 24, 2018 Antitrust , Competition , Cybersecurity , Online Platforms , Privacy

Today, Public Knowledge launched a new paper, “Even Under Kind Masters: A Proposal to Require that Dominant Platforms Accord Their Users Due Process.” This is part of our broader work involving dominant online platforms and privacy, cybersecurity, antitrust, and regulation.

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Public Knowledge Submits Statement for Facebook Privacy Hearing

April 10, 2018 Cambridge Analytica , Cybersecurity , Data Protection , Legislation , Privacy

Today, Public Knowledge submitted a statement on the record for the Senate Judiciary and Senate Commerce Committees’ joint hearing on “Facebook, Social Media Privacy, and the Use and Abuse of Data.”

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Public Knowledge Urges Congress to Protect Consumers from Next Facebook User Data Leak

March 23, 2018 Cambridge Analytica , Consumer Privacy , consumer protections , Facebook , Privacy

Recently, reports surfaced that Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm that supported President Trump’s campaign, maintained copies of private data for about 50 million Facebook users without the majority of these users’ knowledge or consent. Public Knowledge finds Facebook’s lack of consumer privacy protection particularly egregious in this case and urges Congress to protect consumers by returning control of personal data to Americans.

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Ninth Circuit Decision Reaffirms FTC Jurisdiction, Need to Restore Net Neutrality Rules

February 26, 2018 Broadband , FCC , FTC , Net Neutrality , Privacy

Today, the full Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its Federal Trade Commission v. AT&T Mobility decision, determining that the FTC still has the authority to bring enforcement actions against companies regulated by the Federal Communications Commission for their “non-common carrier” activities.

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Media Alert: Public Knowledge Hosts Post-Equifax Privacy Briefing February 5

January 31, 2018 Consumer Privacy , consumer protections , Equifax , Online Privacy , Privacy

Public Knowledge will host a briefing on privacy legislation February 5 from 2 – 3 p.m. at the Dirksen Senate Office Building. The briefing, “Privacy Protections in the Post-Equifax Era,” will outline privacy legislation expected for 2018 and review lessons learned from the 2017 Equifax data breach.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes New Policy Counsel to Bolster Advocacy Efforts

January 17, 2018 artificial intelligence , Broadband , FCC , Net Neutrality , Privacy

Public Knowledge welcomes Allie Bohm, Policy Counsel, to our team to focus on government affairs work in key issue areas including broadband policy, privacy, artificial intelligence, and other tech policy initiatives. She holds a J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, and a B.A., magna cum laude, in Peace & Justice Studies, English, and Dance from Tufts University.

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Public Knowledge Commends Sens. Warner, Warren for Holding Credit Reporting Agencies Accountable

January 10, 2018 consumer protections , Cybersecurity , Data Security , Equifax , Privacy

Today, Senators Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced the Data Breach Prevention and Compensation Act to hold credit reporting agencies like Equifax accountable for data breaches that jeopardize consumer data.

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White House Releases VEP Charter, Increases Transparency of Cybersecurity Disclosures

November 16, 2017 Cybersecurity , Legislation , Privacy , security , white house

Today the White House released the Vulnerabilities Equities Policy and Process (VEP) Charter. The Charter establishes a Vulnerabilities Equities Review Board to oversee the government’s disclosure of vulnerabilities that are not publicly known in information technology products and systems. Public Knowledge commends the government for increasing the transparency of its approach to disclosing hardware and software vulnerabilities.

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