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News Release
3/13/2015
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog, the California-based non-profit that sued DIRECTV for abusive practices 7 years ago on behalf of overcharged consumers, hailed the Federal Trade Commission’s decision to take legal action against the satellite company for similar anti-consumer practices. And it said the FTC’s sister agency,...
News Story
3/10/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
You are nearly naked to the data industry, and Washington just offered you a mirror — but not pants. Two decades after the invention of computer “cookies” allowed companies to track your use of the Internet, the White House on Feb. 27 floated a draft Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights that purports to provide “baseline...
News Story
3/8/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Maybe the data gods don’t have us all pegged — yet. One of the biggest data collectors and sellers, Little Rock-based Acxiom, knows all about my house, my car and my purchases of vegetable seeds. It believes I have 32 interests — 21 of which are accurate. But its files also say that my education ended with high school,...
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 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...