Tag Archives: Privacy

“Eavesdropping” toys could be banned in California over privacy concerns

by Jen McGuire, Romper

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After receiving several complaints from consumer groups, the state of California looked at creating a new bill aimed at protecting children’s privacy…from their toys. Read More ›

CFC opposes AB 165, which guts digital privacy rights for anyone attending or working in a public school

CFC joins nearly 50 other civil rights, immigration, racial justice, youth, health, privacy, labor, LGBTQ and Muslim community organizations in opposition to AB 165 (Cooper). AB 165 would decimate the digital privacy rights for students and public school staff that are currently in place under the California Electronic … Read More ›

CFC Applauds FCC Chairman Wheeler’s Broadband Privacy Proposal

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The FCC Chairman’s proposal would prohibit Broadband Internet Access Service (BIAS) providers from sharing sensitive information without a consumer’s consent. The proposal also requires BIAS providers to inform consumers about what information they collect and with whom that information is shared. Read More ›

AT&T Stops Charging Broadband Users Extra For Privacy

by Karl Bode, TechDirt

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While AT&T claims it’s just concerned about “simplicity,” the real reason is because the FCC is considering some basic privacy protections for broadband users, who often can’t vote against bad behavior with their wallet thanks to the lack of competition in the broadband space. Read More ›

Companies Wary of WhatsApp Privacy Issues

by Claire Atkinson, New York Post

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It’s not just privacy advocates who are freaking out over Facebook’s decision to extract user data from its popular WhatsApp messaging service. The controversial move may force business to explore other avenues beyond Facebook and WhatsApp as a way to connect with consumers more securely. Read More ›

Hotels In 10 States And DC May Have Been Hit By Hackers

by Associated Press, The Big Story

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The affected California hotels, it said, are the Westin Pasadena, Renaissance San Diego Downtown Hotel, San Diego Marriott La Jolla, Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara and Le Meridien San Francisco. Read More ›

Making Algorithms Accountable

by Julia Angwin, ProPublica

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Companies use them to sort through stacks of résumés from job seekers. Credit agencies use them to determine our credit scores. And the criminal justice system is increasingly using algorithms to predict a defendant’s future criminality. Read More ›

Advocates Say Verizon-Yahoo Deal Shows Need For Privacy Rules

by David McCabe, The Hill

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The acquisition — a sign of Verizon’s growing interest in the advertising business — comes as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) moves toward a final vote on the hotly contested proposed rules, which would require internet providers to get permission before using their customers data for most advertising purposes. Read More ›

The Secret Documents That Detail How Patients’ Privacy Is Breached

by Charles Ornstein, ProPublica

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The top five categories of complaints in 2014, according to the Office for Civil Rights website, were impermissible uses and disclosures, safeguards, administrative safeguards, access and technical safeguards. Read More ›

AB 2688: Health ‘Privacy’ Bill Would Unleash Information Sharing

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6/28 update: AB 2688 was approved in the Senate Judiciary Committee today. Voting in favor of the bill – and against consumers’ interests – were all of the panel’s Democrats: Chair Hannah-Beth Jackson and Senators Robert Hertzberg, Mark Leno, William Monning and Bob Wieckowski. The committee’s two Republicans, Vice … Read More ›

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