Items tagged "Consumer Privacy"

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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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Cable Company Practices Indicate a Need for Increased Enforcement of Consumer Privacy Laws

June 8, 2016 Consumer Privacy , FCC , FTC , Privacy , Video Marketplace

In March of this year, the Center for Digital Democracy released a comprehensive report outlining the increasing use of subscriber data by Internet Service Providers and video providers. The report details the common practices of cable operators gathering their customers’ personal information, sharing and combining that information with third parties, and using it to target customers for advertising on an individual level.

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AT&T Does Not Want to Ask for Permission to Share Your Data

June 7, 2016 Consumer Privacy , FCC , Privacy

AT&T, predictably hysterical over the Federal Communication Commission’s privacy proposal, claimed in its comments to the FCC that an opt-in system would destroy its ability to “subsidize affordable consumer services by using customer data to engage in profitable first- and third-party marketing.”

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Grasping at Straws: Against ISP Objections, Consumers’ Privacy Rights Will Prevail

June 1, 2016 Consumer Privacy , FCC , Privacy

Last week, we filed our official comments with the Federal Communications Commission for its privacy proceeding. The closer we got to the deadline to submit comments on the proceeding, the thinner the arguments against it become, and we included several indisputable facts in our comments for the Commissioners to keep in mind.

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Broadband Privacy Can Prevent Discrimination: The Case of Cable One and FICO Scores

June 1, 2016 Consumer Privacy , FCC , Privacy

The Federal Communications Commission has an ongoing proceeding to apply Section 222 (47 U.S.C. 222) to broadband. For those unfamiliar with the statute, Section 222 prohibits a provider of a “telecommunications service” from either disclosing information collected from a customer without a customer’s consent, or from using the information for something other than providing the telecom service. While most of us think this generally means advertising, it means a heck of a lot more than that — as illustrated by this tidbit from Cable One.

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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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Public Knowledge Welcomes New Cybersecurity Paper On Protecting Consumer Privacy

July 27, 2017 Consumer Privacy , consumer protections , Cybersecurity

Today, the Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO) Standards Organization published “SP 4000: Protecting Consumer Privacy in Cybersecurity Information Sharing.” The publication is a set of best practices that organizations of all kinds should take to protect consumer privacy when they share cybersecurity information.

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Public Knowledge Urges FTC Chairman Ohlhausen to Protect Consumer Privacy

June 12, 2017 Broadband , Broadband Privacy , Consumer Privacy , consumer protections , FTC

Today, Public Knowledge joined Consumer Federation of America, Center For Digital Democracy, Consumer Action, Consumer Federation of California, and Privacy Rights Clearinghouse in a letter urging Federal Trade Commission Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen to protect consumer privacy.

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