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Consumer Privacy

Google, Ebay, Facebook and Yahoo! Team Up to Gut Consumer and Privacy Laws

Nathan Newman | Posted 06.27.2015 | Business
Nathan Newman

Consumer and financial protection laws are wonderful when passed, but the key is to get them enforced. Government agencies have limited budgets for enforcement and political pressure often prevents government agencies from targeting lawbreaking companies.

Can 'User as Owner' Policy Prevent Need for 'Right to Be Forgotten'?

Tanis Jorge | Posted 03.13.2015 | Technology
Tanis Jorge

Data aggregation and collection is now a reality in our online world due to data prevalence and technological advancements. In a global economy, the creation of multiple data privacy laws from country to country is problematic and hinders inclusion and commerce.

Consumers Willing to Trade Privacy for a Price?

Jayson DeMers | Posted 04.09.2014 | Technology
Jayson DeMers

In the wake of the data breach at Target over the holidays, media outlets rushed forward to caution customers about giving out personal information at the cash register.

Freedom From Unauthorized Intrusion

Mark Weinstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Merriam-Webster's online dictionary defines privacy as "freedom from unauthorized intrusion." The United States government defines privacy as "freedom from unauthorized intrusion, except by us." Personally I prefer the former definition.

Do You Know Who's Doing What With Your Data Day

Leslie Harris | Posted 03.31.2013 | Technology
Leslie Harris

If you are like most people, you are probably overdue for a data privacy tune-up and Data Privacy Day, taking place yesterday, is as good a day as any to take an inventory of the privacy measures in place to protect your personal information.

Disney MagicBands to Deliver New Experiences

Hemanshu Nigam | Posted 03.25.2013 | Technology
Hemanshu Nigam

Beginning this spring, Disney plans to issue digital ID bracelets to collect and analyze visitor preferences and spending information with just the tap of a wrist. Don't like the idea of sharing your information with Disney?

Yes, It's True: Location and Consumer Privacy Can Co-Exist

David Rush | Posted 03.10.2013 | Business
David Rush

Location-based technologies are allowing businesses to create meaningful engagement with consumers. Used properly, there are some revolutionary ways to deepen the relationship that will benefit both groups without compromising privacy.

Why Privacy Is the Future of Competition

Nick Pickles | Posted 01.01.2013 | Business
Nick Pickles

Privacy is not just a personal issue, it lies at the heart of ensuring competitive markets.

Ready, Willing and Able? Consumer Attitudes on Data Privacy

Russell J. Sapienza, Jr. | Posted 09.06.2013 | Technology
Russell J. Sapienza, Jr.

Today's consumers are eager for companies to deliver stimulating entertainment and media services -- and for the most part are willing to share personal information to get it.

Gerry Smith

FTC Urges Congress To Shed Light On Opaque World Of Data Brokers | Gerry Smith | Posted 03.26.2012 | Technology

The Federal Trade Commission on Monday called on Congress to shed light on the opaque world of data brokers who collect and sell consumer data but rem...

Gerry Smith

Consumer Privacy 'Bill of Rights' Seeks To Give Web Users More Control Over Their Data | Gerry Smith | Posted 02.23.2012 | Technology

The Obama administration on Thursday will unveil a consumer privacy "bill of rights" that aims to give web users more control over how their personal ...

Google's New Search Function Slammed By Privacy Group

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 01.12.2012 | Technology

UPDATE: On Thursday, EPIC sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission calling for an investigation into the changes at Google. The letter reads in p...

People Always Have the Right to Opt Out

Chuck Teller | Posted 10.03.2011 | Green
Chuck Teller

Americans receive nearly 90 billion pieces of advertising mail every year. With thousands of companies offering to share their mailing lists, that adds up to an information super highway where individuals are losing control.

Mobile Phone Tracking Highlights Need For Baseline Privacy Law

Leslie Harris | Posted 07.10.2011 | Technology
Leslie Harris

Using mobile devices should not mean that consumers are forced to relinquish control of data about them to a weak and unclear legal environment.

Privacy Bill of Rights Must Look Beyond the Symptoms of the Problem to the Root Cause

Michael Fertik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Michael Fertik

Today's attention to Internet privacy is extremely promising. But we must be certain that we're driving meaningful reform, rather than just plastering over the most obvious symptoms.

Facebook Vows to Retool Privacy Procedures

Leslie Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Leslie Harris

Under the new privacy controls, user can choose to "set it and forget it" or to use more granular tools to customize data sharing.

Preventing the Next Privacy Disaster

Leslie Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leslie Harris

The next president steps into a landscape where the capacity to collect, store and exchange sensitive personal information has outgrown the legal framework that protects that information.