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Topic: Center for Digital Democracy

Disney Websites May Run Afoul of Children's Privacy Laws

Privacy group raises new concerns

Disney, the world's most iconic kids brand, is under scrutiny by the Federal Trade Commission for flunking the ABCs of children's online privacy laws. The Mouse House first came under review…

Privacy Groups Ask FTC to Halt Facebook's Acquisition of WhatsApp

Social giant's practices said to violate WhatsApp privacy policy

A group of privacy organizations are calling for the Federal Trade Commission to investigate and halt Facebook's $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp. In a complaint filed Thursday, the Electronic Privacy Information…

Facebook Parents Object to Use of Teens' Images in Ads

File to overturn controversial class action settlement

A group of Facebook parents are seeking to overturn a recent class action settlement because it allows the social network to use teens' images in ads without parental consent. Margaret Becker…

Privacy Groups Urge White House to Solicit Public Comment on Big Data

25 orgs sign

Privacy advocates and civil liberties groups are pushing the White House to accept public comments during its review of big data and the future of privacy as prescribed by President…

Marvel, Hello Kitty May Have Run Afoul Children's Privacy Laws

Complaints filed with FTC are first since rules were updated

Marvel and Sanrio, two of the biggest brands in the kids online marketing space, may be in violation of online children's privacy laws. According to a watchdog group, Disney's MarvelKids.com…

Nielsen's New Consumer App Is Really a Market Research Tool [Updated]

Company should be more upfront about its purpose, says privacy advocate

Nielsen's new "topten" app seems harmless enough: offer consumers a quick and easy way to find out the most popular TV shows, books, songs, video games, movies and more. You…

Privacy Advocate Blasts Government-Hosted Privacy Group

Jeff Chester: 'NTIA is the digital gang that can't shoot straight'

Jeff Chester, Washington's most vocal and relentless privacy advocate, has had enough with the multi stakeholder process hosted by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. In a 34-page report released Thursday,…

Privacy Vote Sends Mixed Signals

No consensus on voluntary code of conduct for apps

This was not a good week for groups trying to hammer out voluntary privacy policies. A government-hosted multistakeholder group came close Thursday, but stopped short of agreeing on a voluntary code…

Privacy Groups Mobilize to Monitor Kids Sites and Apps

Stricter online and mobile laws go into effect July 1

Stricter children's online privacy rules go into effect July 1, and privacy groups are getting ready to make sure websites and mobile apps targeting kids under 12 toe those newly…

Digital Ad Biz to Defend Self-Regulation at Do Not Track Hearing

Privacy groups complain progress is too slow

The Do Not Track privacy hearing called by Sen. Jay Rockefeller for Wednesday before the commerce committee is bound to feature some fireworks. That's because Rockefeller has shown himself to be…

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