Omnicom/Publicis Deal Requires Scrutiny on Privacy: Big Ad Data Supercharging Cross Platform 360 degree Tracking and Targeting

Global giant ad agencies are in a data arms race, becoming gathers and gatekeepers over information designed to track and target consumers offline, online and across platforms.  This deal illustrates how consumer data has become the trading currency of the 21st Century.  Without it, ad agencies are empty vessels.  The ad and marketing business is increasingly about harnessing the power of Big Data to serve highly personalized, targeted and continuous creative experiences for brands.  The merger illus

CDD Urges FTC to Review Proposed NTIA Code of Conduct

We respect the hard and well-meaning work of our NGO colleagues who worked on this proposal.   But we have many concerns about the process the Commerce Department has led.  In deference to our NGO colleagues, we are abstaining.

USTR Should Not to Address Cross-Data Flows, Privacy, in EU/US Trade TTIP Agreement

May 10 was the deadline for Comments to USTR on what the U.S. agenda should be for the upcoming Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiation.   CDD urged USTR not include issues involving digital privacy on the agenda, and to respect the need for both the US and EU to further address their own data protection frameworks.

Update on Do Not Track and WC3: Industry and WC3 Leaders Must Do More to Show they Care for Privacy

We agreed to keep talking---that's the real extent of the progress. We believe there is good will to collectively move forward.  But industry--and the WC3 leadership--must show they are meaningfully committed to help protect the privacy of individuals online.

DMA Reveals that Companies Have Been Targeting Kids Online--Want FTC to Prolong Kids Tracking

Today's missive from the Direct Marketing Association--along with the Chamber of Commerce, advertising, marketing, and TV lobby groups--urging the FTC to delay for months much-needed children's safeguards reveals an industry that has been engaged in behaviorally profiling and digitally stalking kids online (that's what retargeting is--you are stalked from site to site--and now platform (computer) to platform (mobile) as well.

Online Marketers and App Developer lobby tell FTC they want to Keep Tracking and Targeting Kids

Both the Interactive Advertising Bureau and the Application Developers Alliance fought tooth in nail to prevent the FTC from adopting commonsense rules designed to protect children's privacy and empower parents.  So it's not a surprise that they would continue their efforts to undermine kid privacy by trying to derail the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) new rules via a lobbying maneuver.  Yesterday, the groups sent separate letters to the Commission asking that new rules not go into effect until the New Year--instead of this July.  The concept tha

Facebook/State AG deal on Teen Privacy Fails to Get to the Facts and Protect the Public

statement responding to the announcement by Maryland State AG and NAAG President Douglas Gansler on Facebook, teen privacy, and education.

CDD Praises EU Action on Google Privacy: Time for US companies to stop stealing other peoples' data

Global consumers, including in the U.S., should be grateful that a joint legal action by 6 European privacy regulators against Google seeks to protect their privacy.   France, United Kingdom, Italy, Netherlands, Germany and Spain are the Data Protection authorities involved.

New Internet Industry Lobby Group (Google, Facebook, etc) Event Reveals Why US Companies Fighting EU Privacy Rights Legislation

The Internet Association is yet another well-funded special interest lobby group created to push the agenda of the digital data collection industry.  While it frames its work as "Protecting Internet Freedom," its real role is to act as a political defense mechanism for the industry.  When it serves their interests, it will fight against repressive proposals and policies that impact Internet users and their own role as conduits and provid

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