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News Story
2/16/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Last week, I introduced a pair of bills to safeguard consumers' privacy: the Application Privacy, Protection and Security (APPS) Act of 2016 (H.R. 4517), a bill to increase consumer privacy on mobile devices; and the Data Broker Accountability and Transparency (Data) Act of 2016 (H.R. 4516), which would prohibit data brokers from using...
News Story
2/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
In March 2014, Google fell under fire for scanning emails in Apps for Education, a collection of online tools and services that include Google Drive and Google Mail. Now, nearly two years later, four UC Berkeley students and alumni filed a lawsuit against Google Inc. on Wednesday, alleging that UC Berkeley emails were the target of such data...
News Story
1/21/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The Federal Communications Commission acted decisively last year to protect the internet’s open, freewheeling nature, in a landmark victory for public interest groups. Now, consumer advocates want the agency to use its newly-strengthened power to safeguard internet users' privacy as well. More than 50 public interest groups sent the FCC...
News Release
1/20/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog joined a coalition of 59 groups calling on the Federal Communications Commission today to begin a rulemaking to protect consumers’ privacy and become a “brawnier cop on the beat focusing on broadband providers.” “The FCC’s reclassification of broadband providers as common...
News Story
1/20/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Under the Open Internet order issued last year by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), broadband service providers can't block or throttle content or create priority "fast lanes" for higher-paying customers. However, now a coalition of consumer advocacy groups is also calling on the agency to adopt strong privacy protections...
News Story
1/20/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
More than 50 digital rights and consumer groups are pressing the Federal Communications Commission to start drafting Internet privacy rules “as quickly as possible.” The groups sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler arguing that increased monitoring by companies that provide Internet service can “have a chilling effect on...
News Story
1/20/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Nearly 60 privacy and activist groups and others have signed on to a letter to FCC chairman Tom Wheeler petitioning the FCC to "quickly" open a rulemaking on broadband privacy oversight that ensures it is a "brawny cop" on the privacy enforcement beat.   When it reclassified Internet access under Title II common-carrier...
News Story
1/20/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A coalition of U.S. groups on Wednesday urged the Federal Communications Commission to write sweeping privacy protections for the nation's broadband users. The groups want providers of broadband internet services including mobile and landline phone, cable and satellite TV firms to be subject to tough privacy regulations...
News Story
11/24/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Big media companies have ramped up efforts to fight the growing use of technology designed to block online ads. Here's what you need to know about why ad blockers are on the rise, and why many publishers hate them. The ad blocker battle pitting consumers and privacy advocates against big media companies heated up last week when Yahoo issued an...
News Story
11/11/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has denied a petition that would force websites to honor Do Not Track requests by consumers. The petition was filed by the Consumer Watchdog, an organization designed to advocate for consumer interests. In the FCC’s order, it stated, “The Commission has been unequivocal in declaring that it...