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News Story
6/20/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Facebook users beware: The company has -- yet again -- unilaterally changed its mind about its data collection practices. As users should know, that's not a good thing for their privacy. Earlier this month, the dominant social network announced that it's altering the way it determines which ads to show users of its site. In the past, the...
News Story
6/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced that it is leading a review of a consumer privacy rights proposal unveiled by the White House in 2012. NTIA, a division of the Department of Commerce, wants public input on whether the proposed consumer “privacy bill of rights” should be clarified or modified to...
News Story
6/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Privacy advocates list protections needed in AT&T's planned location-based service to prevent credit-card fraud AT&T's plans for a location-based service that would track a mobile phone user to prevent credit-card fraud has raised concerns among privacy advocates who want strict rules on the use of the data. [Location-tracking...
News Story
5/22/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - EBay Inc came under pressure on Thursday over a massive hacking of customer data as three U.S. states began investigating the e-commerce company's security practices. Connecticut, Florida and Illinois said they are jointly investigating the matter. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman requested eBay provide...
News Release
5/13/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, -- Consumer Watchdog today praised the highest European court’s ruling that people have a “right to be forgotten” and can have online search results linking to outdated, irrelevant information removed. “This is a substantial victory for the right to privacy,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog...
News Story
5/13/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google and other Internet companies may have to comply with requests to make links to certain personal data go away -- at least, in Europe. The idea seems to be that people have a right to let some things slip into oblivion, even if there was nothing illegal about their publication. "This ruling tips the balance a little bit back towards...
News Story
5/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
May 1 --The White House May 1 released a report on big data, calling for progress on national data breach notification legislation, Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) reform and the Obama administration's proposed consumer privacy bill of rights. The report, which was the product of a review ordered by President Barack Obama,...
News Release
5/1/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today backed six broad policy recommendations outlined in the White House report on Big Data and praised the report for identifying potential dangers of discrimination and threats to privacy in what the report called “a world where data collection will be increasingly ubiquitous, multidimensional, and...
News Story
5/1/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Congress should take action to protect privacy in response to a growing big-data revolution, a White House panel has recommended, but its report does not address wide-ranging surveillance and data-collection programs at the U.S. National Security Agency. The group of officials in President Barack Obama's administration recommended Thursday...
News Story
5/1/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington (AFP) - A study ordered by US President Barack Obama and released Thursday concludes that analysis of "big data" can help society in many ways, from improving health care to spurring economic growth. But the report also said the vast expansion of computer analytics of large data banks creates new threats to privacy, and...