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News Story
11/14/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
It would extend digital privacy protections to teens 13-15 Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) aren't giving up on passing legislation to extend online and mobile privacy protections to teens 13 to 15. On Thursday, the privacy duo, along with Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), re-introduced the Do Not Track...
News Story
11/14/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Lawmakers in the House and Senate introduced legislation today that would impose new restrictions on companies' ability to collect data from children. The “Do Not Track Kids” Act would amend the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act by prohibiting Web companies from collecting personal information from teens under 16 without...
News Story
10/3/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A contemplative Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez gazes into the distance as an excerpt on the same page declares his legislation to expand coverage for the poor the best path to health care reform in California. An unsuspecting reader might assume from the glossy, multipage mailer that Pérez is gearing up to run for statewide office...
News Story
10/1/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A new California Do Not Track law will put pressure on other online privacy initiatives, including attempts to develop a tool that would allow users to opt-out of online tracking across the Internet. The law – which was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday – requires websites to tell users if and how they can opt-out of online tracking...
News Story
9/24/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
New Law Will Take Effect in January 2015 Posting spring break photos on Facebook. Watching "Battlefield Earth" on Netflix. Tweeting anything with #YOLO. These are just a handful of things people have done on the Internet that they may regret in the future. But a new California law is giving young people the chance to scrub their online...
News Story
9/21/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
In early 2011, Mozilla added a do-not-track feature in its Firefox browser that allowed users to clearly state that they didn't want their online activities monitored by websites and advertisers. Other browser vendors soon followed suit, including Microsoft, Apple and Google, seemingly handing consumers a simple way to protect their...
News Story
9/18/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Raising a big stink, the Digital Advertising Alliance withdraws from work to standardize how browsers tell Web sites not to track users' behavior. The DAA says it's doomed, but other ad groups remain involved. Thwarted by irreconcilable differences, the Digital Advertising Alliance has withdrawn from an effort to standardize how browsers...
News Release
9/17/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The withdrawal today of a major advertising trade association from a group trying to write a Do Not Track standard demonstrates the need for legislation to protect online privacy, Consumer Watchdog said. The public interest group said it is exploring the possibility of drafting a California ballot initiative to implement...
News Story
9/17/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The Internet standards group World Wide Web Consortium said on Tuesday that it intends to move forward with an online privacy initiative, despite the high-profile departure of the Digital Advertising Alliance. W3C CEO Jeff Jaffe said in a blog post that the organization's Tracking Protection Working Group will work “with renewed momentum...
News Story
9/16/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO — Frustrated by a lack of action at the federal level, privacy advocates pushing for an online Do Not Track law are hoping a California measure will kindle a national debate. Called the Online Tracking Transparency Act, the bill requires websites to inform users whether and how they honor “do not track” signals that...