Items tagged "Privacy"

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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Public Knowledge Applauds Appointment of Rebecca Slaughter as Acting FTC Chair to Promote Competition

January 21, 2021 Antitrust , Big Tech , Consumer Privacy , FTC , Online Privacy , Platform Competition , Privacy

Today, President Joe Biden named Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter as acting chair of the Federal Trade Commission.

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Public Knowledge Applauds FTC for Reviewing Big Tech’s Data Practices

December 14, 2020 6(b) study , Big Tech , Consumer Privacy , Data , digital platforms , FTC , Platform Competition , Privacy

Today, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it has ordered nine social media and video streaming companies to detail how these tech companies collect, use, and present personal data; how they use that data to advertise; and how they measure user engagement. This appears to be part of a 6(b) study Chairman Simons previewed in March 2019. 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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Safe Data Act Falls Short of Providing Consumers With Comprehensive Privacy Protections

September 18, 2020 Broadband Privacy , Consumer Privacy , Data Privacy , Online Privacy , Privacy , Privacy Legislation

Yesterday, Senate Commerce Chairman Roger Wicker (R-MS), with co-sponsors Sens. John Thune (R-SD), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Deb Fischer (R-NE), introduced a comprehensive federal privacy bill, “Setting an American Framework to Ensure Data Access, Transparency, and Accountability Act’’ (SAFE DATA Act).

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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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Video: How Do We Move Beyond Consent Models in Privacy Legislation?

July 30, 2020 Consent Models , Online Privacy , Privacy , Privacy Legislation , Webinar Series

A discussion about why consent doesn’t protect consumers & other frameworks that could be used in federal privacy legislation.

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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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