Topic: Jeff Chester

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…

March 20, 2014, 12:08 PM EDT

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…

December 18, 2013, 10:22 AM EST

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…

September 16, 2013, 4:28 PM EDT

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,…

August 29, 2013, 12:02 PM EDT

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…

June 24, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT

Is Facebook About to Run Into Privacy Issues Again? Activist group wants FTC, GAO and lawmakers to investigate

There's always inherent risk—as well as opportunity—when you make it up as you go. Facebook's new plan to work with big data vendors (reported today by Ad Age) to connect…

February 22, 2013, 3:36 PM EST

FTC Launches Probe of Data Broker Privacy Practices 9 companies must respond to commission by Feb. 1

Last week's Congressional Bipartisan Privacy Caucus briefing on data brokers and privacy must have left quite an impression on Federal Trade Commission chairman Jon Leibowitz, who opened a probe today…

December 18, 2012, 12:30 PM EST

Study: Parents Concerned About Digital Marketing Practices Targeting Kids FTC close to vote on updates to children's privacy rules

Privacy groups advocating more stringent regulations for marketing to children online and on mobile devices released a study today showing that parents and other adults overwhelmingly agree with them.  Many of…

December 6, 2012, 12:02 AM EST

Did the Obama Campaign Run Roughshod Over Voter Privacy? Database could undercut administration initiatives

The Obama presidential campaign displayed a masterful use of databases to assemble the most sophisticated voter profiles ever used in any election. But privacy advocates believe the campaign's "do as…

November 21, 2012, 11:15 AM EST

Groups Ask FTC to Investigate Viral Marketing Aimed at Kids Complaints name McDonald's, Viacom, Turner, General Mills, SubwayKids

Six child-targeted websites asking young visitors to "tell a friend" or "refer a friend" may have run afoul of children's online privacy laws. The Center for Digital Democracy, joined by…

August 22, 2012, 12:01 AM EDT