Items tagged "Data Protection"

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The Privacy Debate Reveals How Big Tech’s “Transparency and User Control” Arguments Fall Flat

July 21, 2021 algorithms , Automated Decision-Making , Consent Models , Data Protection , Platform Regulation , Privacy , Privacy Frameworks

If you’ve been following the Capitol Hill hearings about algorithms and automated decision-making, then you’ve probably heard technology companies talk about how they offer or want to offer “transparency and user control” to consumers. Companies like Facebook and Twitter propose sharing information on how their algorithms work with the public, as well as enabling users […]

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The 117th Congress has convened at an inflection point in our nation’s history, unprecedented in more than a century. These are serious times, with the country going into its eleventh month of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment running high, and families facing so many challenges in their work and personal lives. Such times demand […]

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Your Office Doesn’t Need To Be a Permanent Surveillance State to Stop Coronavirus

July 30, 2020 Communications & Pandemic Series , contact tracing , Data Protection , Privacy , Surveillance

As workplaces begin to reopen, one question seems top of mind: How do I ensure that my employees aren’t sick? In a rush to answer this question, tech companies claiming to have the answer have begun marketing surveillance measures to track an employee’s risk for coronavirus infection. Unfortunately, it’s uncertain how effective these unproven technologies […]

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An Ounce of Preventive Regulation is Worth a Pound of Antitrust Enforcement: The Case for Platform CPNI

July 7, 2020 CPNI , Data Protection , FCC , Legislation , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation , Platform Regulation Series , white paper

Last year, Public Knowledge and Roosevelt Institute published my book, The Case for the Digital Platform Act, I argued there that we could define digital platforms as a distinct sector of the economy, and that the structure of these businesses and the nature of the sector combined to encourage behaviors that create challenges for existing […]

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Maine Was Sued for Trying to Modernize Privacy Laws

June 8, 2020 Broadband Privacy , Consumer Privacy , Data Protection , Legislation , Litigation , Privacy

There are very few actions as immediately and obviously intrusive as having your mail read. No matter your age or place — or how much you still use physical mail — the right to private communications is an established social norm. Whether I send a letter, text, or email, I expect no one but the […]

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Privacy-Protective Contact Tracing Depends on More Than an API

April 17, 2020 Communications & Pandemic Series , Consumer Privacy , Data Privacy , Data Protection , interoperability , Privacy , Surveillance

This blog post is part of a series on communications policies Public Knowledge recommends in response to the pandemic. You can read more of our proposals here and view the full series here. Many observers in the era of coronavirus are advocating that in order for life to “go back to normal,” contact tracing applications will have to […]

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Data Protection is About Power, Not Just Privacy

March 3, 2020 Data Privacy , Data Protection , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation

I began working on privacy as a public policy issue in 2010 when Senator Al Franken started up the Privacy, Technology, and the Law Subcommittee on the Judiciary Committee. It was very difficult, because back in 2010, not many people cared about digital privacy. The questions back then focused heavily on “What is the harm?” […]

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Last week I went to CES, the tech industry’s annual conference where they show off cool new products, prototypes, and ideas of what’s next in tech. (I also presented on a panel, “Should Big Tech Be Broken Up?,” which you can watch here.) I approached vendors with a policy advocate eye, and did a lot […]

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What Federal Legislators Can Learn From California’s New Ballot Initiative

November 7, 2019 Agency Authority , CCPA , Consumer Privacy , CPRA , Data Privacy , Data Protection , Legislation , Privacy , Privacy Legislation

On January 1, 2020, the nation’s strictest privacy law, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), will take effect. The law empowers consumers to (1) be informed about what personal information a company has collected about them; (2) delete that data; and (3) opt out of companies selling that data to third parties. On top of […]

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As Congress Works Towards Federal Privacy Legislation, There Are Some Protections It Should Not Overlook

October 24, 2019 Data Portability , Data Protection , interoperability , Legislation , Privacy , Private Right of Action , security

Last year, Representative Suzan DelBene (D-WA) introduced a privacy bill, the Information Transparency & Personal Data Control Act (Data Control Act). Public Knowledge provided input to Rep. DelBene’s office on the development of its discussion draft. However, we were disappointed to see that, upon introduction, the substance of the bill had been watered down from […]

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