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News Release
3/5/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today backed the Data Broker Accountability and Transparency Act, saying the legislation would require accountability and transparency for data brokers who collect and sell personal and sensitive information about consumers. The bill, S. 668, was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Edward J. Markey...
News Story
3/5/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Four Senate Democrats have re-introduced a bill that would enable consumers to wield control over how information about them is used by data brokers. The Data Broker Accountability and Transparency Act (S. 668) empowers consumers to stop the use and sale of their personal information by data brokers. The measure also allows consumers to correct...
News Story
3/5/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has made great strides in carrying out its mission, which is to ensure consumers are fairly treated in the financial marketplace, Director Richard Cordray said Tuesday in delivering the bureau's semiannual report at a House Financial Services hearing. The bureau's qualified mortgage...
News Release
3/3/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today joined 13 other public interest groups in a letter to President Obama outlining the shortcomings of the draft Consumer Privacy Bill Of Rights Act and pledging to work with the Administration and Congress to strengthen the bill. “In 2012, you released your vision of the founding principles of...
News Story
3/3/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The White House published a draft of the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act three years in the making late February, but not all privacy advocacy groups are satisfied. In a letter to President Obama, representatives from U.S. privacy and technology groups Center for Democracy and Technology, Consumer Watchdog, Electronic Frontier Foundation,...
News Story
3/3/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The consumer privacy bill of rights allows companies to limit consumer control, critics say A consumer privacy proposal from U.S. President Barack Obama's administration gives people too little control over their personal data and companies too much latitude to use that information, a coalition of 14 privacy and digital rights groups said....
News Story
3/3/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The White House's proposed privacy bill of rights, which dropped late Friday afternoon, is leaving just about everyone unhappy. Some privacy advocates immediately said the bill doesn't go far enough, while industry representatives quickly said the bill was unnecessary. By today, the bill had drawn a new round of criticism. This morning,...
News Story
3/3/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The White House last week released draft legislation designed to better protect consumer data collected by companies, but already several advocacy groups have said it does not go far enough. The proposed Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights [.pdf] would require companies that collect, retain and use personal data of consumers to clearly, concisely...
News Story
3/2/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Three years after it first proposed such a move the White House has introduced a draft Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights (CPBR) that would give consumers clearer and more guarantees on how personal data is protected by organisations – regardless of the sector those organisations operate in. The draft bill seems to be taking heat from all sides...
News Story
3/2/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Privacy advocates don't like it, and tech companies don't either The good news: late last Friday, the White House released a proposed draft of something it calls a “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights,” which theoretically would give Americans some protection or control regarding the data which various companies and businesses...