Items tagged "Data Protection"

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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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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 Looks Forward to FTC Data Practices Study

March 21, 2019 Competition Policy , consumer protections , data practices , Data Protection , FTC

According to reports, the Federal Trade Commission plans to open a study into the technology industry’s data practices. Called a “6(b)” study, this type of study enables the agency to broadly review an industry practice and allows the agency to compel information from witnesses. Public Knowledge previously urged the FTC to conduct such a study and commends the move to shine a light on the competitive impacts of these data practices.

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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 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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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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