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News Story
5/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
May 1 --The White House May 1 released a report on big data, calling for progress on national data breach notification legislation, Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) reform and the Obama administration's proposed consumer privacy bill of rights. The report, which was the product of a review ordered by President Barack Obama,...
News Release
5/1/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today backed six broad policy recommendations outlined in the White House report on Big Data and praised the report for identifying potential dangers of discrimination and threats to privacy in what the report called “a world where data collection will be increasingly ubiquitous, multidimensional, and...
News Story
5/1/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Congress should take action to protect privacy in response to a growing big-data revolution, a White House panel has recommended, but its report does not address wide-ranging surveillance and data-collection programs at the U.S. National Security Agency. The group of officials in President Barack Obama's administration recommended Thursday...
News Story
5/1/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington (AFP) - A study ordered by US President Barack Obama and released Thursday concludes that analysis of "big data" can help society in many ways, from improving health care to spurring economic growth. But the report also said the vast expansion of computer analytics of large data banks creates new threats to privacy, and...
News Story
4/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites, and it clarifies that online comments, whether tirades or tributes, are in the open domain. "Information you choose to share with the White House (directly...
News Release
4/1/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog has told the White House Team studying the Obama Administration’s policy towards “Big Data” that “people must be able to know what information is gathered about them, how long it is kept and for what the information will be used.” Consumer Watchdog also joined 21 other...
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...
Blog Post
7/16/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
The Obama Administration launched its "multistakeholder" privacy deliberations last week, but its difficult to see how there will be meaningful results unless Team Obama changes its tactics.   You'll remember that last February the White House released its landmark privacy report, Consumer Data Privacy in a Networked World...
News Story
4/3/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and a host of public interest groups urged the Obama administration to fight for new measures to regulate how Web companies handle users' private data. The groups, along with dozens of other organizations and companies, submitted comments on Monday to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration...