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News Story
2/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The Obama administration released a draft of new data privacy legislation on Friday, renewing a debate over how to regulate companies that collect consumer data from sensors, apps and web clicks. The draft of a so-called Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights called on companies to explain their privacy and security practices in “concise and easily...
News Story
2/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The Obama administration is releasing a draft of legislation that would make it easier for consumers to see or remove the personal data that companies keep. Today, the White House announced that it was releasing a draft based on the principles of the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, which was first released in 2012. Consumer privacy is one of...
News Story
2/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
This afternoon, the White House unveiled a discussion draft of its long-awaited privacy “bill of rights,” which aims to give consumers more control over data that is collected about them. Consumer advocates have urged the Obama administration to propose legislation since at least 2012, when the White House issued a report endorsing the...
News Release
2/13/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today called on President Obama to back mandatory encryption of sensitive data like health records to prevent damaging data breaches like the Anthem Inc. hack that compromised the records of 80 million people. The nonprofit nonpartisan public interest group made its call as Obama was speaking at The White...
News Story
1/13/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
In the run-up to next week’s State of the Union address, President Obama on Monday called for major federal legislation to protect Americans’ online privacy. In a speech at the Federal Trade Commission, he proposed a nationwide requirement that businesses report thefts of customers’ personal information; a “bill of rights...
News Story
1/13/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A Big 'But' on Endorsements for Initiative President Obama's call for enactment of a national data breach notification law has been widely welcomed by business groups and privacy advocates, but their endorsements come with a big proviso: What's in it? The White House hasn't provided details, yet. The groups largely agree that a...
News Release
1/12/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today welcomed President Obama’s attention on consumer privacy and data breach issues, but cautioned that legislation he proposes must not provide weaker protection than is already offered by some state laws. “It’s good that the president has re-focused on privacy and data security...
News Story
1/12/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
President Obama's call for a national data breach notification law is being cheered by the Direct Marketing Association, which has long lobbied for a national standard. “DMA agrees with President Obama that the time has come to replace the patchwork of state laws,” Peggy Hudson, DMA’s senior vice president of government...
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...