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Facebook's Public Settings for Teens--Safeguards Required for Privacy, Datamining

Yesterday's announcement is linked to Facebook's proposed new data terms of service, which we have asked the FTC to review.  In its ToS proposal, Facebook wanted to declare that it had the right to use a teen's data in any way possible (that teens were no different than adults).  Yesterday&#3

U.S. NGOs Call on the EU to Support Data Privacy


23 US Public Interest Groups Back European Union Data Protection Regulation


WASHINGTON – A coalition of 23 US consumer, privacy and public interest groups  today wrote the European Parliament expressing strong support for the proposed European Data Protection Regulation because “we believe that the promotion of stronger privacy standards in Europe will benefit consumers around the globe.”


Google's new social shopping tactic aimed at having mobile devices ring up the $ (but glad it exempted teens)

Social commerce, as it's called, is a major component of contemporary marketing.  Using friends to sell to their friends is seen as the best way to pitch products,  Brands orchestrate a complex infrastructure of viral marketing, blogger endorsing, and content sharing services designed to convince consumers that they should tell all their friends about their products and services.  The online marketing industry, armed with Big Data power that tracks and analyzes everything we do, wants us to all be digital shills for advertisers.

Cross-platform tracking of online users--learn more in CDD's mobile app privacy report

Today's New York Times has a front-page story on cross-patform tracking of users, inc.

Attention Air Travel Consumers: Your Privacy is at risk as marketers secretly track you online

Digital marketers have long used "online behavioral targeting" to stealthily track a consumer who is seeking an airplane ticket or some other travel-related purchase.  It's just one of the categories that illustrate what the U.S.-led digital advertising industry has perfected--a variety of commercial surveillance tools.  Consumers who travel are now also subject to the automated process of selling their data profile to the highest bidder, so they can be targeted regardless of where they are online (jncluding when they use mobile devices).  Here's an excerpt

For Twitter's Future, the Role of Big Marketers and Data, see its IPO--and also its worries that privacy will be protected

With all the breathless discussion on Twitter and its stock price, the real issues are privacy, user control over all their data, and the role of major advertisers shaping its platform.  Here are key excerpts from its newly filed IPO.   Note its concerns about privacy regulation. (my bold as well)

Facebook's new privacy counsel doesn't see the privacy problem! [Annals of Chutzpah!]

Facebook has hired a new counsel to deal with privacy.  Ashlie Beringer, a "technology and data privacy expert" is its new deputy general counsel.  She will "oversee the law department’s litigation, regulatory, and product groups, and manage a team of approximately 20 people."

Data Tracking & Targeter Criteo tells SEC it has "analyzed massive volumes of data to observe and predict user intent"

Criteo is preparing to go public and filed this week at the SEC.  The dramatic growth of the commercial surveillance "Big Data" economy raises critical privacy and consumer protection concerns.  The FTC, CFPB and the EU need to do a better job investigating the consequences to the 24/7 tracking and targeting of Internet

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