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  • US to begin talks on drone privacy standards

    A U.S. government agency will start its third attempt to develop voluntary privacy standards for an emerging area of technology, this time with a series of meetings on drone privacy scheduled to begin Aug. 3.

    Written by Grant Gross14 July 15 06:27
  • Privacy groups to quit US talks on facial recognition standards

    Nine privacy groups plan to withdraw from U.S. government-hosted negotiations to develop voluntary facial-recognition privacy standards because the groups feel the process won't lead to adequate privacy protections.

    Written by Grant Gross16 June 15 14:03
  • Complaint alleges YouTube Kids pushes advertising content

    The six-week-old YouTube Kids service is a "hyper-commercialized" environment that intermixes advertising and other programming in a way that deceives its target audience, a coalition of privacy and children's advocacy groups said in a complaint to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

    Written by Grant Gross07 April 15 14:01
  • White House privacy proposal aims to give consumers control over data

    U.S. businesses that collect personal data would be required to describe their privacy and security practices and give consumers control over their personal information under a proposed privacy bill of rights released Friday by President Barack Obama's administration.

    Written by Grant Gross28 Feb. 15 09:22
  • Privacy groups want investigation of big data acquisitions

    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission should launch an investigation into the growing consolidation of big data analytics firms and digital marketing companies, a coalition of four privacy groups said Friday.

    Written by Grant Gross07 Feb. 15 07:22
  • Dozens of US tech firms violate EU privacy promises, advocacy group says

    Thirty U.S. data brokers and data management firms, including Adobe Systems, AOL and Salesforce.com, are violating privacy promises they've made regarding their handling of the personal information of EU residents, a privacy group said in a complaint to be filed Thursday.

    Written by Grant Gross14 Aug. 14 14:02
  • FTC: Congress should rein in data brokers

    Data brokers should give consumers more control over their personal information, and Congress should consider legislation that reins in the ways data brokers can use that information, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is recommending.

    Written by Grant Gross28 May 14 02:43
  • Groups ask US FTC to investigate Facebook's purchase of WhatsApp

    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission should investigate Facebook's proposed US$19 billion acquisition of mobile messaging app WhatsApp -- and possibly block it -- because of the potential impact on users' privacy, two privacy groups said in a complaint filed Thursday.

    Written by Grant Gross06 March 14 20:09
  • Apple settles FTC complaint over charges in children's apps

    Apple will pay at least US$32.5 million to customers in a settlement over a U.S. Federal Trade Commission complaint that the company allowed children to run up huge in-app purchases on the company's devices.

    Written by Grant Gross15 Jan. 14 17:57
  • Privacy groups ask FTC to oppose Facebook's policy changes

    Six privacy groups have asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to strike down proposed changes to Facebook's policies, as they violate a 2011 settlement with the agency over user privacy.

    Written by John Ribeiro05 Sept. 13 06:07
  • Critic: NTIA's mobile privacy push has failed

    Lobbyists derailed an effort by U.S. President Barack Obama's administration to create mobile privacy standards, a privacy group charged on Thursday, while some participants in the process conceded it lacked focus.

    Written by Grant Gross29 Aug. 13 20:30