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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
1/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Congressional Hearing Highlights the Difficulties Despite bipartisan rhetoric, comments from lawmakers and witnesses at a House hearing Jan. 27 illustrate why reaching a consensus on a national data breach notification law remains a challenge. Remarks made at the hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and...
News Release
8/25/2014
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA –Consumer Watchdog and the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice today asked Governor Jerry Brown and California EPA Secretary Matt Rodriquez to reject an attack by the state’s top toxics regulator—the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)—on key reform legislation authored by Sen....
News Release
8/5/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog has joined with six other consumer privacy organizations in calling for President Obama to propose strong privacy legislation in the groups’ comments on the White House report on “big data.” “Enacting baseline privacy legislation that implements a strong and resonant Consumer Privacy...
News Story
8/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A coalition of advocacy groups are reiterating their call for a privacy “bill of rights” that would limit marketers' ability to collect or use data about individuals. “Industry self-regulation is not enough, and has failed to inform or protect consumers,” the organizations said Tuesday in a letter to the Commerce...
News Story
6/18/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen/download the podcast of this article. WASHINGTON (VR)— The E-mail Privacy Act from Representatives Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.) passed an important milestone Tuesday by accumulating its 218th House co-sponsor, which suggests Americans’ e-mail communications may soon be off limits to seizure from...
News Story
2/26/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Efforts to stop website from collecting online data face political pushback, tech issues SACRAMENTO -- At a legislative hearing last week, state lawmakers grilled credit card companies and retailers about their efforts to protect consumer data from breaches like those at Target and Neiman Marcus stores. But consumer advocates said no amount of...
News Story
1/16/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Most states have their own "security breach laws" requiring companies to notify consumers if their credit card numbers have been stolen The recent data breach at Target highlights the growing role of states in protecting people's online data and privacy. Attorneys general in Connecticut, Illinois and New York are leading a multistate...
News Release
11/14/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog has endorsed the bipartisan, bicameral Do Not Track Kids bill introduced in Congress today, but added that all users of the Internet should be entitled to protection by a Do Not Track law. “This bill would provide important protection for teens and is a significant step forward,” said John M...