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News Story
2/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Letters to the 78.8 million people affected by a massive health insurance security breach are expected to start hitting the mail next week, an Anthem official said Thursday. Messages are already being sent to millions of members who provided the insurance company with their email addresses. The letters and emails are general alerts explaining the...
Video
2/13/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Can you believe the personal records of 80 million Americans were breached in the data hack health insurance company Anthem revealed last week? In the latest installment of our new short video segment, “Bite Back,”  we take on the Anthem hack and another less-publicized case when Anthem placed millions more medical records at risk...
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
2/6/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Argue for deeper dive into consolidation of data trackers/aggregators/marketers Consumer groups are pushing the Federal Trade Commission to take a more muscular approach to vetting consolidation in the era of Big Data, including launching an investigation into the impact on the public of consolidation in "consumer offline and online data...
News Story
2/6/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission should launch an investigation into the growing consolidation of big data analytics firms and digital marketing companies, a coalition of four privacy groups said Friday. A recent spate of acquisitions in the big data and digital marketing industries raises privacy concerns about “companies amassing...
News Story
2/6/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Late last year, when Oracle announced it had reached a deal to purchase Datalogix, a targeting shop known for connecting offline purchases to online ads, some privacy advocates quickly raised the alarm. “Through the data it gathers on what we buy, and with its relationship with Facebook and other powerful marketers, Datalogix consists of a...
News Story
1/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Congressional Hearing Highlights the Difficulties Despite bipartisan rhetoric, comments from lawmakers and witnesses at a House hearing Jan. 27 illustrate why reaching a consensus on a national data breach notification law remains a challenge. Remarks made at the hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and...
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...
Blog Post
3/27/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
A class action suit on behalf of as many as 168,500 patients of Los Angeles County medical facilities has been been filed against Sutherland Healthcare Solutions because of a breach their medical records. Sutherland handles billing and collections for the county's Department of Health Services and the county's Department of Public Health...
Blog Post
2/27/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
Data breaches at major retailers Target and Neiman Marcus during last year's holiday shopping season affected more than 100 million people and focused new attention on the need to protect person information stored online. While it's clear that tough data breach legislation must be enacted, California Attorney General Kamala Harris is...