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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
10/29/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
A White House plan to provide consumers with a “privacy bill of rights” for the digital age faces dim prospects if Mitt Romney wins the tight presidential race because of the Republican candidate's general skepticism about regulation, observers told BNA in recent interviews. But current and former representatives for Romney told...
News Story
9/21/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
In the wake of Congress' failed attempt to pass a cybersecurity bill this summer, the White House has been working on an executive order to fill the gap. The order is aimed at protecting the nation's critical infrastructure from harm. It might not be enough, however. Democrats in Congress continue to try to drum up support for some...
News Release
6/28/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
Washington, DC & Santa Monica, CA – Today’s decision by the United States Supreme Court to uphold the Affordable Care Act and its mandate that individuals purchase health insurance makes rate regulation the next essential phase of health reform, said Consumer Watchdog today. Consumer Watchdog praised the court for requiring...
News Story
3/27/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The Federal Trade Commission continued to step up pressure on businesses that collect consumer data on Monday, issuing a long-awaited final report on online privacy that lays out new standards and calls on Congress to push through legislation. Predictably, free-market observers said the regulators were overstepping their bounds - and privacy...
News Story
3/27/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The Federal Trade Commission just released a kind of online privacy mission statement in the form of a 112-page document that calls on companies to pledge support for consumer privacy-bolstering policies. Employing the vernacular of the soft-skills industry, the FTC calls its recommendations “best practices” and says they’re...
News Story
3/27/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The US’ Federal Trade Commission is putting pressure on both Congress and tech companies to take actions to protect user privacy and give them more information on how their personal data is collected and used. In its final report, released 26 March, the FTC takes aim at vendors whose mobile devices, apps and services collect the personal...
News Story
3/27/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The government’s chief consumer protection agency said on Monday that it intended to take direct aim at the vast industry that has grown up around the buying and selling of information about American consumers. The agency, the Federal Trade Commission, called on Congress to enact legislation regulating so-called data brokers, which...
News Story
3/27/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
In a broad report issued Monday, the FTC echoed President Obama's call, issued a month ago, for a new law that would serve as a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, establishing a basic set of online privacy principles. The agency also called specifically for a new law that would let consumers access, and dispute, personal and financial data...