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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
7/26/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A proposed code of conduct for mobile app developers intended to make them explain how user data is collected and used does not have a clear enforcement mechanism,  one privacy advocate said. The code was negotiated this week by several trade groups and the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). While many...
News Release
7/25/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – A yearlong effort convened by the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA) demonstrates the futility of crafting codes of conduct through a voluntary multi-stakeholder process and the way participants were asked their opinion of the proposed code makes a mockery of the effort,...
News Story
7/25/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of industry lobbyists and privacy rights advocates voiced support Thursday for new voluntary guidelines for mobile apps that should make it easier for consumers to know what personal information is getting sucked from their smartphone or tablet and passed along to marketers. The plan will likely provide a brief,...
News Story
7/25/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
This was not a good week for groups trying to hammer out voluntary privacy policies. A government-hosted multistakeholder group came close Thursday, but stopped short of agreeing on a voluntary code of conduct for how apps communicate to consumers which data they collect and share. Originally convened a year ago by the Commerce Department at the...
News Story
7/25/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Sample screens disclose what is collected and how it is shared (Source: NTIA) Updated with additional quotes and analysis ( (7/26/2013 1 PM ET)) A new voluntary code has been tentatively established to assure greater transparency in the types of information apps collect and how the information is used, but it’s not...
News Story
6/13/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Technology innovations have served to strip away privacy. They could also be the key to restoring it. When it comes to preserving their privacy in the digital age, many Americans may feel as if they are caught between King Kong and Godzilla. King Kong would be the wireless giants, Internet providers, and social-media platforms looming over the...
News Release
2/28/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today praised Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W VA) for introducing a Do-Not-Track bill, which would charge the Federal Trade Commission with establishing standards by which consumers could tell online companies, including mobile applications, that they do not want their information collected. Under the bill,...
News Release
2/1/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog Friday outlined three priorities focused on consumer privacy that must be emphasized by the next chair of the Federal Trade Commission as Jon Leibowitz stepped down from the agency after four years on the job. "Jon Leibowitz made the FTC relevant to consumers during his tenure, though he fell far...
News Release
1/30/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog Wednesday called on the Federal Trade Commission to ask Congress to pass Do Not Track legislation because “the self-regulatory effort to design Do Not Track is virtually dead in the water.”   In a letter to FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz John M. Simpson, the nonpartisan nonprofit public...