Can Biden build the internet back better?
One year after Joe Biden became President of the United States, has he made progress on digital rights? It’s a mixed bag.
Finally! A U.S. data protection bill we can get behind
The Eshoo-Lofgren bill places our human rights, not companies’ bottom line, at the center of the U.S. discussion on data privacy.
Too little, too late: the FTC Facebook fine highlights the need for strong data protection laws in the U.S.
While it is positive to see authorities around the world taking action to enforce privacy rights, the FTC settlement is insufficient.
Data protection in the United States: Where do we go from here?
We need comprehensive, user-centered data protection, with laws and regulations that meet international human rights standards.
Your holiday catch-up reading: key digital rights conversations in the U.S.
Haven’t had time to dive into U.S. policy that matters for digital rights? We’ve got you covered.
Yahoo case shows we need better solutions to the global data breach problem
Even in the absence of laws requiring swift disclosure of breaches, government agencies can do more to protect internet users.
Access delivers petition to U.S. agencies to investigate use of zombie cookies by mobile carriers
Today, Access delivered a petition signed by 3,000 users to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate the use of so-called “zombie cookies” by mobile carriers to track their customers’ web traffic. Access also delivered a similar petition to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) because both agencies arguably have the authority to investigate these harmful practices.
Safe Harbor under increased scrutiny
To help bridge the substantial differences in how user privacy is protected on the two sides of the Atlantic, the Safe Harbor was established to enable U.S. companies to lawfully transfer data without running afoul of EU data protection law. To make use of the Safe Harbor, companies voluntarily adhere to a set of principles, with oversight from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), though to date enforcement of corporate policies and practices has been limited.
FTC data broker report highlights lack of transparency, calls for legislative reform
The recent FTC report underscores the need for transparency and accountability from data brokers. Access advocates decisive legislation that gives users control of their own information and reigns in the practices of Big Data brokers.
Federal Trade Commission gets serious about Do Not Track
In the rapidly-changing mobile landscape in the U.S., users often lack information about the new technology running their apps, games, devices, and accompanying privacy policies. On Friday, the Federal Trade Commission stepped in with guidelines to the mobile marketplace to better protect the privacy of mobile users.