Items tagged "Privacy"

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Cortez Masto’s Bill as Positive Next Step in Privacy Debate

March 1, 2019 Broadband Privacy , Consumer Privacy , consumer protections , Data Privacy , Privacy

Yesterday, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) introduced the “Digital Accountability and Transparency to Advance Privacy Act” (DATA Privacy) to encourage businesses like Facebook and Amazon to explain privacy policies in clear language while meeting requirements for data collection, processing, and storage.

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Civil Rights Coalition Urges Congress to Protect Marginalized Communities in Privacy Debate

February 13, 2019 civil rights , Congress , Consumer Privacy , consumer protections , Privacy

Today, Public Knowledge joined 43 other public interest, civil rights, racial justice, and consumer groups in a letter urging Congress to prioritize civil rights concerns when developing consumer privacy legislation. In the letter, Public Knowledge and other organizations argue that anti-discrimination principles need to be extended to the online economy in order to protect marginalized communities, especially communities of color.

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Public Knowledge Opposes Antiquated Privacy Bill Barring States from Protecting Consumers

January 17, 2019 Consumer Privacy , consumer protections , FCC , FTC , Privacy

Yesterday, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced the “American Data Dissemination (ADD) Act,” which would require the Federal Trade Commission to recommend privacy regulations in line with the 1974 Privacy Act to Congress and also prevent states from passing their own privacy laws. Additionally, the bill would preempt those state protections already in place, effectively walking back the few privacy safeguards consumers have.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Data Care Act As Step in Right Direction

December 12, 2018 Consumer Privacy , consumer protections , Data Breach , Data Security , Privacy

Today, Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) led a group of 15 senators in introducing the “Data Care Act of 2018,” which would require online service providers like Facebook and Google to responsibly protect individually identifying information about consumers. Public Knowledge welcomes the bill as a good starting point for a discussion about what responsibilities custodians of our personal information should have.

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Public Knowledge Files Comments Urging NTIA to Protect Consumer Privacy

November 12, 2018 Consumer Privacy , consumer protections , Data Privacy , NTIA , Privacy

Recently, Public Knowledge filed comments with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in response to the agency’s request for input on “Developing the Administration’s Approach to Consumer 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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