Viacom (Nickelodeon): Not So Kid-Friendly/ Says Protecting Kids Privacy and their Health conflicts with profitsSubmitted by demedia on Tue, 12/06/2011 - 12:35
Viacom must have grinches running their business, especially for its well-known Nick franchise. While positioning itself as a pro-kid enterprise, Viacom has played a key role working to undermine proposed voluntary guidelines for food marketing. While the media giant has financially backed legal tomes claiming such guidelines aimed at reducing junk food aimed at kids is about protecting the First Amendment, Viacom's recent annual SEC report makes it clear it's r
The key EU privacy regulator Article 29 Working Party meets this week and will adopt a decision on the IAB self-regulation plan. Today, the leading EU consumer group BEUC (a consortium of all major EU groups and a key member of the US/EU consumer group TACD) sent the attached letter. It strongly criticizes the IAB self-regulatory system.
Sen Al Franken (D-Mn) sent a letter today to Carrier IQ "that has apparently been installed on millions of smartphones and that logs and may transmit sensitive information – including users’ locations, the websites they visit, and the contents of their text messages and online searches – to explain exactly what the software records, whether it is transmitted to Carrier IQ or any third party, and whether the data is protected against security threats that could risk the safety and privacy of American consumers."
Microsoft Expanding Digital Marketing Research in China: Role of US Companies Engaged in Datamining requires debate/safeguardsSubmitted by demedia on Mon, 11/21/2011 - 20:35
Digital ad technologies are a powerful form of surveillance. When they are deployed in undemocratic and repressive regimes, especially by U.S.
Why Can't danah boyd understand how COPPA Works? She should start with her employer's data targeting practices targeting teensSubmitted by demedia on Mon, 11/21/2011 - 01:47
danah boyd has consistently failed to meaningfully analyze the online advertising and data collection marketplace, and its relationship to the COPPA privacy issue. [COPPA is the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act]). If she did, she would learn that a broad range of commonly used online data targeting practices found practically everywhere online are not robust on the commercial children's online sites that have to follow COPPA's privacy safeguards.
Any settlement needs to be evaluated by whether a Facebook user can control all their data, including the advertising applications. Users need to understand how the ad apps have been constructed to promote data collection, as well as approve of all the ways Facebook gathers information on what we and our networks do. Here's an example of what should be covered, via Marketing Week:
The US Federal Trade Commission is placing the privacy of Americans in danger if it continues to accept the deeply flawed Digital Advertising Alliance "icon" scheme. Yesterday, the DAA's campaign to fight off reasonable privacy regulation continued through its release of a document covering "Multi-Site" data. Some people at the FTC thought this is an important step because it moves beyond behavioral targeting to in
Flawed Facebook and COPPA study funded by Microsoft fails to ask the right questions/Disturbing Conflicts of InterestSubmitted by demedia on Tue, 11/01/2011 - 21:12
Why are researchers that are funded by the online ad lobby afraid to examine the data collection practices by the companies that pay for their research? That's one question we hope danah boyd and John Palfrey will answer. Because if they actually examined and tried to understand the digital marketing and data collection system, they would have to abandon their anti-kids privacy screed. Anyone who follows
New MMA Mobile App Privacy Framework Fails to Protect Privacy [annals of data collection foxes running the standards process]Submitted by demedia on Sat, 10/29/2011 - 16:19
Back in the 1990's, when too many "Netizens" proclaimed that the Internet would be a radically new medium and freed from commercial restaints of mass media, people like Kathryn Montgomery and I knew they were naive. It was clear--both from what marketers were saying at the time and the history of electronic media in the 20th Century--that the same commercial forces that had undermined the public interest potential of radio, broadcasting TV and cable would help shape "cyberspace." That's one reason why my group during the mid-1990's spearheaded efforts to regu