Items tagged "Consumer Privacy"

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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 Demands FTC, FCC Get Off Privacy Sidelines and Enforce Existing Law

January 16, 2019 Consumer Privacy , consumer protections , CPNI , FCC , FTC

Yesterday, reports surfaced that Voipo, a California voice-over-internet-protocol (VOIP) provider, exposed millions of consumer call logs and text messages stored on an “improperly secured” ElasticSearch database for several months before security researcher Justin Paine located them.

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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 Raises Concerns over Narrow Data Acquisition and Security Bill in House Letter

May 11, 2018 Consumer Privacy , consumer protections , Cybersecurity , Data Breach , Data Security

Today, Public Knowledge sent a letter to the House Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee opposing the Data Acquisition and Technology Accountability and Security Act, which Subcommittee Chairman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) has indicated he plans to move imminently. In the letter, Public Knowledge urges Congress to pass strong consumer protection legislation and analyzes many concerns with this narrow bill.

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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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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 Commends Sen. Leahy for Consumer Privacy Protection Act of 2017

November 14, 2017 Consumer Privacy , Cybersecurity , Equifax , Privacy , security

Today, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced the Consumer Privacy Protection Act of 2017. The bill would place requirements on companies with sensitive consumer information, such as Equifax, to maintain safeguards to ensure the privacy and security of such data, and to notify consumers when that sensitive data is breached. Public Knowledge applauds Senator Leahy and the bill’s co-sponsors, including Senators Markey, Blumenthal, Wyden, Franken, Baldwin, and Harris for prioritizing consumer privacy in the wake of the Equifax security breach.

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