Items tagged "Consumer Privacy"

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Senate Releases Principles for Comprehensive Privacy Legislation

November 18, 2019 Congress , Consumer Privacy , Data Protection , Legislation , Privacy

Today, Democrats across four key Senate committees (Commerce, Judiciary, Banking, HELP) released a Privacy and Data Protection Framework, a set of core principles that should serve as the baseline for any comprehensive federal privacy and data protection legislation. 

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Public Knowledge Welcomes FCC Action to Enhance 911 Location Accuracy While Protecting Consumer Privacy

November 13, 2019 Consumer Privacy , consumer protections , E911 , FCC , geolocation , Z-axis

This week, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it would vote on a Fifth Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that seeks to adopt a vertical, or “Z-axis,” metric to enhance location accuracy for wireless E911 calls. This feature would make it easier for First Responders to locate all Americans who call for help — no matter where they are

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Comprehensive Privacy Bill to Protect Consumers

November 5, 2019 Consumer Privacy , consumer protections , notice and choice , Online Privacy

Today, Representatives Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) introduced the “Online Privacy Act of 2019” to create comprehensive privacy protections for consumers.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes New Policy Counsel Dylan Gilbert to Bolster Advocacy Efforts

October 1, 2019 Consumer Privacy , digital platforms , Music Copyright , Music Licensing , Public Knowledge , Staff

Public Knowledge welcomes Dylan Gilbert, Policy Counsel, to our team to focus on privacy protections, copyright reform, and various platform issues. He holds a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School and a B.A. in English from the College of William and Mary.

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Public Knowledge Responds to Hyp3r Scraping Instagram User Data Without Consent

August 8, 2019 Consumer Privacy , consumer protections , digital platforms , Hyp3r , Instagram

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

July 22, 2019 Consumer Privacy , consumer protections , Data Breach , Equifax , FTC

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

July 15, 2019 Broadband , Consumer Privacy , Copyright Reform , Net Neutrality , Public Knowledge

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

July 12, 2019 Cambridge Analytica , consent decree , Consumer Privacy , Facebook , FTC

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

March 15, 2019 Consumer Privacy , consumer protections , E911 , FCC

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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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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