By: Jeff Chester | Nov 5 2014
[excerpt from attached letter]
Dear Chairwoman Ramirez:
By: Jeff Chester | Oct 29 2014
U.S. PIRG Education Fund and the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) respectfully submit these additional comments to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). A set of regulatory and other safeguards is urgently required to ensure that contemporary “Big Data”-driven financial services are used in an equitable, transparent, and responsible manner. All Americans, especially those who confront daily challenges to their economic security, should be assured that their lives will be enhanced—not undermined—by the new digital-data financial services marketplace.
By: Jeff Chester | Sep 10 2014
Apple iPhone/mobile payments era poses threats and opportunities for consumers,
especially those financially at risk
By: Jeff Chester | Aug 14 2014
Washington, DC: The key framework that is supposed to protect EU citizens’ privacy when their data is collected by U.S. companies—known as the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor—is failing to provide them the safeguards that were promised, according to a complaint filed today by a leading U.S. consumer privacy group—the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD). The complaint, filed at the U.S.
By: Jeff Chester | Jul 10 2014
"Amazon’s policies of making it simple for children to accidentally spend hundreds of dollars in a “kids” app, and its apparent refusal to refund the money to complaining parents, are irresponsible and unfair. Today’s FTC action shows that consumers who have been charged for their kids unauthorized in-app purchases should not have to foot the bill.
By: Jeff Chester | Jul 2 2014
As part of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the federal law protecting the digital privacy of kids 12 and under (and which empowers parents or other key caregivers to control the data collected from children), a so-called "Safe Harbor" system was created. The theory being that companies joining a FTC approved Safe Harbor regime, which is commited to ensuring meaningful compliance with COPPA, is an effective way to have companies follow the law. Yesterday was the deadline for Safe Harbor reports to be submitted to the FTC, and the first once since the new stronger safe
By: Jeff Chester | Apr 22 2014
Statement from Hudson Kingston, CDD Legal Director:
By: Jeff Chester | Apr 17 2014
By: Jeff Chester | Apr 10 2014
The Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection sent a letter to Facebook and Whatsapp [attached] requiring the companies to honor the latter's privacy promises (no advertising, highly limited data collection etc). Facebook is in the process of acquiring Whatsapp. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and CDD