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White House Consumer Privacy Bill Falls Short on Protections

Today, the White House released a discussion draft of its Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act. The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) is a vocal advocate for comprehensive privacy legislation and issued the following response: “Americans have long deserved comprehensive national consumer privacy legislation to protect their personal information. Unfortunately, the President’s bill falls short on the…

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USA Today: Mobile Apps Still Collect Information on Kids

USA Today’s Anne Flaherty features CDT’s Michelle De Mooy on her thoughts regarding the landmark law aimed at protecting the privacy of America’s youngest mobile consumers. In July 2013, the Federal Trade Commission extended COPPA to require app developers to get parental consent before collecting personal data on anyone younger than 13. “It’s upped the ante for companies deciding whether…

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Bloomberg: Obama Revives Consumer Privacy and Security Proposals

CDT’s Nuala O’Connor provides commentary for Cheryl Bolen of Bloomberg BNA’s article about President Obama’s list of data security and privacy policy legislative proposals. The proposals and initiatives announced by the White House drew immediate praise from CDT. “For too long, it has been America’s companies taking the lead in protecting the privacy of consumers without clear or consistent guidance…

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Washington Post: Obama’s Privacy and Cyber Bills Are the GOP’s First Big Test at Governing

The Washington Post’s Brian Fung discusses how the nation’s gridlocked legislature handles the president’s tech-infused legislative proposals will tell a great deal about what we expect from Obama’s remaining years in office. CDT’s Chris Calabrase provides his thoughts on the overture. Obama wants Congress to develop a national standard for data breaches, telling companies how quickly they need to disclose…

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PBS: Obama Urges Law to Better Protect Consumers from Company Data Breaches

CDT’s Nuala O’Connor provides commentary for PBS NewsHour reporter Julie Pace in her latest article discussing President Obama’s proposed legislation requiring U.S. companies to notify customers within 30 days of their personal information being compromised. CDT supports Obama’s moves to protect the data, but also points out that his administration still uses electronic surveillance for national security purposes. “Even with these…

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White House Adds Needed Momentum to Privacy Protection Legislation

Today, the White House announced its support for a series of measures, including numerous legislative initiatives, to help protect the privacy of consumers and citizens in the digital age. The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) has long called for comprehensive consumer privacy legislation and supports the President’s efforts. CDT will work with the White House, Congress, industry, and…

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Kids’ Mobile Apps Still Collect User Information

CDT’s Deputy Director of Consumer Privacy, Michelle De Mooy, was interviewed by AP reporter Anne Flaherty regarding kids’ privacy and mobile applications.  More than a year after federal regulators issued new privacy rules for kids’ mobile apps, online stores are flooded with cute and silly software programs that quietly collect vast amounts of data on the youngest consumers, including a…

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PCWorld: US concerns about online privacy present opportunity, experts say

CDT’s President, Nuala O’Connor, was interviewed regarding the results of a recent study showing that 8 out of 10 US adults believe they’ve lost control over how companies collect their personal data online.  While many people seem pessimistic about the direction of online privacy protections, several large Internet companies are beginning to take steps to give users more…

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