May 3 2023
CDD urges Congress to adopt stronger online safeguards for kids and teens
Contact: Katharina Kopp, kkopp [at] democraticmedia.org
The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA 2.0), introduced by Senators Markey and Cassidy, will provide urgently needed online safeguards for children and teens. It will enact real platform accountability and limit the economic and psychological exploitation of children and teens online and thus address the public health crisis they are experiencing.
Reining In Meta’s Digital ‘Wild West’ as FTC protects young people’s safety, health and privacy
Jeff Chester, CDD, 202-494-7100
David Monahan, Fairplay, 781-315-2586
By: Jeff Chester | May 3 2023
Meta’s Virtual Reality-based Marketing Apparatus Poses Risks to Teens and Others
Nov 17 2022
David Monahan, Fairplay: email@example.com
Jeff Chester, Center for Digital Democracy: firstname.lastname@example.org
Advocates to FTC: Write rules to protect kids from harmful manipulative design online
At every turn, young people face tricks and traps to keep them online for hours
and sharing sensitive data.
Sep 13 2022
A coalition of more than 100 organizations is sending two letters to Congress urging action. A letter addressed to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, from 145 organizations, urges them to advance KOSA and COPPA to full Senate votes. A letter addressed to House Energy and Commerce Chair Frank Pallone and Ranking Member Cathy McMorris Rodgers, from 158 organizations, urges them to introduce a House companion bill to KOSA.
Jun 2 2022
David Monahan, Fairplay email@example.com
Jeff Chester, CDD firstname.lastname@example.org; 202-494-7100
Advocates call on FTC to investigate manipulative design abuses in popular FIFA game
Groups say FIFA: Ultimate Team preys on children’s vulnerability with loot boxes, “funny money”
Mar 22 2022
David Monahan, Fairplay email@example.com
Jeff Chester, Center for Digital Democracy, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-494-7100
Diverse coalition of advocates urges Congress to pass legislation to protect kids and teens online
60 leading advocacy organizations say unregulated Big Tech business model is “fundamentally at odds with children’s wellbeing”
Feb 3 2022
See PDF of full letter below.
Jan 26 2022
January 26, 2022
Federal Trade Commission
Office of the Secretary
600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20580
Re: Comment on Petition for Rulemaking by Accountable Tech, FTC-2021-0070
By: Jeff Chester | Jan 26 2022
Aug 4 2021
CDD joins 23 other public interest, consumer advocacy, and civil rights groups in a letter urging the Federal Trade Commission to protect civil rights and privacy in the digital economy by initiating a new rulemaking, creating an Office of Civil Rights, and committing more resources to enforce against unfair and deceptive practices.
Jun 23 2021
International coalition calls for action against surveillance-based advertising
Jun 10 2021
The Center for Digital Democracy and 23 other leading civil society groups sent a letter to President Biden today asking his Administration to ensure that any new transatlantic data transfer deal is coupled with the enactment of U.S. laws that reform government surveillance practices and provide comprehensive privacy protections.
May 28 2021
Jeff Chester, CDD (email@example.com; 202-494-7100)
David Monahan, CCFC (firstname.lastname@example.org;)
Advocates Ask FTC to Protect Youth From Manipulative “Dark Patterns” Online
May 12 2021
The coronavirus pandemic triggered a dramatic increase in online use. Children and teens whose schools have closed relied on YouTube for educational videos, attending virtual classes on Zoom and Google Classroom, and flocking to TikTok, Snapchat, and Instagram for entertainment and social interaction. This constant immersion in digital culture has exposed them to a steady flow of marketing for fast foods, soft drinks, and other unhealthy products, much of it under the radar of parents and teachers.
Apr 29 2021
To watch the full FTC Dark Patterns Workshop online visit the FTC website here.
By: Jeff Chester | Mar 11 2021
Contextual Advertising—Now Driven by AI and Machine Learning—Requires Regulatory Review for Privacy and Marketing Fairness
What’s known as contextual advertising is receiving a big boost from marketers and some policymakers, who claim that it provides a more privacy-friendly alternative to the dominant global surveillance-based “behavioral” marketing model. Google’s plans to eliminate cookies and other third-party trackers used for much of online ad delivery are also spurring greater interest in contextual marketing, which is being touted especially as safe for children.
By: Jeffrey Chester | Feb 18 2021
The Whole World will Still be Watching You:
Google & Digital Marketing Industry “Death-of-the-Cookie” Privacy Initiatives Require Scrutiny from Public Policymakers
Nov 15 2020
General Comment submission
Children’s rights in relation to the digital environment
Nov 11 2020