Items tagged "Privacy"

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Maine Court Decision Rules in Favor of State’s Law, Victory for Online Privacy

July 7, 2020 Broadband Privacy , Consumer Privacy , FCC , Litigation , Net Neutrality , Online Privacy , Privacy , State Legislation

Today, Judge Lance Walker in the U.S. District Court of Maine rejected arguments from ISPs that the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net neutrality rules, and Congress’s disapproval of FCC broadband privacy rules, preempt states from asserting authority over broadband

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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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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 Warns $5 Billion FTC Facebook Settlement Insufficient to Protect Consumers

July 24, 2019 consumer protections , Facebook , FTC , Platform Competition , Privacy

Today, the Federal Trade Commission released details of its $5 billion settlement with Facebook over the company’s repeated violations of a 2012 consent decree, which includes privacy violations such as the Cambridge Analytica incident.

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Public Knowledge and Roosevelt Institute Launch Guidebook to Regulating Digital Platforms

May 8, 2019 consumer choice , Content Moderation , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation , Privacy

Today, Public Knowledge and the Roosevelt Institute launched “The Case for the Digital Platform Act,” a new e-book by Public Knowledge Senior Vice President Harold Feld with a foreword by former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler. The e-book operates as a guide for addressing the challenges posed by the power of digital platforms.

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Public Knowledge Urges FTC to Tie Any Facebook Fine to Protecting Users

April 25, 2019 consent decree , consumer protections , Facebook , FTC , Privacy

Facebook announced yesterday that it expects to pay a fine up to $5 billion dollars over accusations that the company violated its 2011 consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission over consumer privacy on the social media platform. The company also said there can be no assurances as to the terms of resolution of the investigation.

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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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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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