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Consumer Reports Analyst Advocates For Prop 24 Privacy Law In SF Chronicle

Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 5:49pm

In theSF Chronicleop-ed, "Protect your privacy rights by voting yes on California's Prop.

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  • In theSF Chronicleop-ed, "Protect your privacy rights by voting yes on California's Prop.
  • 24," Mahoney argues that Prop 24 , the California Privacy Rights Act, "would close some of the worst loopholes that companies have exploited to deny consumers' opt-out requests, better ensuring that consumers can exercise their privacy rights."
  • Mahoney is available for comment and interviews on why Consumer Reports has chosen to endorse Proposition 24 , and why it is important for consumers to protect their privacy online.
  • She can discuss the pros and cons of the current privacy law, the California Consumer Privacy Act, and why she believes the new measure, the California Privacy Rights Act, will strengthen consumers' rights.

NortonLifeLock Expands Privacy Offerings

Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 1:00pm

On a mission to help consumers reclaim control of their online privacy, NortonLifeLock (NASDAQ: NLOK), a global leader in consumer Cyber Safety, today unveiled Privacy Monitor Assistant, a new white-glove service, to help consumers fight back against data brokers sharing your personal information.

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  • On a mission to help consumers reclaim control of their online privacy, NortonLifeLock (NASDAQ: NLOK), a global leader in consumer Cyber Safety, today unveiled Privacy Monitor Assistant, a new white-glove service, to help consumers fight back against data brokers sharing your personal information.
  • Online privacy is a critical aspect of Cyber Safety, said Vincent Pilette, CEO, NortonLifeLock.
  • With our privacy offerings, Norton Secure VPN, PC SafeCam, and now, Privacy Monitor Assistant, we continue to arm consumers with the tools they need to reclaim control of their online privacy and defend against identity theft.
  • Privacy Monitor Assistant helps give consumers more control over their digital safety so they can make decisions about their personal information and online privacy.

FTC Finalizes Settlement with Data Center Company over Allegations it Deceived Consumers about its Participation in the EU Privacy Shield

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 10:01pm

The Federal Trade Commission finalized a settlementwith a data storage services company that allegedly deceived consumers about its participation in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (Privacy Shield) framework.

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  • The Federal Trade Commission finalized a settlementwith a data storage services company that allegedly deceived consumers about its participation in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (Privacy Shield) framework.
  • The FTC alleged that NTT Global Data Centers Americas, Inc. (NTT), formerly known as RagingWire Data Centers, Inc., claimed in its online privacy policy and marketing materials that the company participated in the Privacy Shield framework and complied with the programs requirements.
  • In fact, the FTC alleged, the companys certification lapsed in January 2018 and it failed to comply with certain Privacy Shield requirements while it was a participant in the framework.
  • Under the settlement, the company, among other things, is prohibited not just from misrepresenting its compliance with or participation in the Privacy Shield framework, but also any other privacy or data security program sponsored by the government or any self-regulatory or standard-setting organization.

FTC Finalizes Settlement with Data Center Company over Allegations it Deceived Consumers about its Participation in the EU Privacy Shield

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 10:00pm

The Federal Trade Commission finalized a settlementwith a data storage services company that allegedly deceived consumers about its participation in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (Privacy Shield) framework.

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  • The Federal Trade Commission finalized a settlementwith a data storage services company that allegedly deceived consumers about its participation in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (Privacy Shield) framework.
  • The FTC alleged that NTT Global Data Centers Americas, Inc. (NTT), formerly known as RagingWire Data Centers, Inc., claimed in its online privacy policy and marketing materials that the company participated in the Privacy Shield framework and complied with the programs requirements.
  • In fact, the FTC alleged, the companys certification lapsed in January 2018 and it failed to comply with certain Privacy Shield requirements while it was a participant in the framework.
  • Under the settlement, the company, among other things, is prohibited not just from misrepresenting its compliance with or participation in the Privacy Shield framework, but also any other privacy or data security program sponsored by the government or any self-regulatory or standard-setting organization.

Warrior Met Coal Reports Third Quarter 2020 Results

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 8:05pm

The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and 23 other education, healthcare, disability rights, data protection, and civil liberties organizations today released Education During a Pandemic: Principles for Student Data Privacy and Equity (available here). The Principles offer 10 guiding recommendations for schools as they rely on new technologies and data to facilitate remote, in-person, or […]

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The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and 23 other education, healthcare, disability rights, data protection, and civil liberties organizations today released Education During a Pandemic: Principles for Student Data Privacy and Equity (available here). The Principles offer 10 guiding recommendations for schools as they rely on new technologies and data to facilitate remote, in-person, or […]

Event Recap: Panel at the Annual Privacy Forum 2020

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 9:00pm

Authors: Hunter Dorwart and Rob van EijkTo track and to get tracked: new innovative methods and advancements On September 30, 2020, the Future of Privacy Forum participated in a panel at the Annual Privacy Forum 2020 (APF-2020).

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Authors: Hunter Dorwart and Rob van Eijk

To track and to get tracked: new innovative methods and advancements
    • On September 30, 2020, the Future of Privacy Forum participated in a panel at the Annual Privacy Forum 2020 (APF-2020).
    • The event is organized annually by the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA), the Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT), and the Catlica University of Portugal, Lisbon School of Law.
    • FPFs Rob van Eijk contributed to a panel on tracking and tracing, To track and to get tracked: new innovative methods and advancements, alongside Marit Hansen (State Data Protection Commissioner of Land Schleswig-Holstein), Fernando Silva (Banco de Portugal, DPO cabinet), and Prokopios Drogkaris (ENISA, moderator).
The Pros and Cons of Existing Legal Provisions Against Tracking 
    • The process of online tracking has evolved with the advancement of technology and as a result has become more ubiquitous and connected.
    • Today, tracking through applications or even IoT devices is augmenting user behavior.
    • In some instances, users might request the provision of such tracking services or consider it as the default option.
    • The proliferation of tracking tools across the technological ecosystem raises the question: how to define the process of tracking?
    • These choices create confusion and make it difficult to determine which cookies are strictly necessary for the website to function.
Recent Technological Changes in the Industry Can Complement Legal Instruments
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    1. Stricter browser security settings, e.g., SameSite cookies and Strict Site Isolation. We remark that the implementation of these settings differs by browsers.
    2. Google’s Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC), which aims to embed privacy by decentralizing the browser itself. FLoC uses machine learning in the browser to group people into audience segments.
    3. Apple’s IDFA and App Tracking Transparency Framework, which requires developers in iOS 14 to offer Privacy Nutrition Labels and obtain consent prior to tracking users across apps and websites.
    4. The Global Privacy Control (GPC), which allows users to request that their data not be sold or shared and has been included in US state legislation such as the CCPA.
    • In addition, any evaluation of existing legal provisions to mitigate harmful tracking must also take into account the way big industry players are addressing the concerns.
    • Rob van Eijk gave an overview of how tracking technologies work behind the scenes of an online advertisement in order to make sense of the latest technological advancements in the industry (Figure 1).
    • With respect to web browsing and cookies, there are a variety of tracking differences between the major browsers that illustrate how the industry is changing.
    • Such developments require policymakers and industry leaders to reevaluate their approach to traditional notice and choice frameworks because of the interconnected nature of technology and data sharing.
    • Such privacy by default should work in tandem with legal instruments.
Tracking Versus Tracing – Lessons Learned from Covid-19
    • Questions around tracking and tracing of data have become increasingly important in the context of Covid-19.
    • Hansen stressed that tracing does not automatically equal tracking as tracing tools are not always used to identify and track specific users.
    • Governments around the world have utilized tracing techniques to mitigate and control the spread of the virus.
    • Fernando Silva, pointed out that the debate about tracking and tracing is not new.
    • While each of these technologies offered safer methods for tracing, companies quickly began configuring these tools for tracking purposes.
Building Trust Through Verification and Design
    • As dependence on critical technologies grow, there is a real risk that users will lose even more control over how companies harvest their data.
    • Indeed, without transparency and verification, new technologies can enable covert tracking and reinforce the imbalance of power by excluding individuals from services if they do not accept a more privacy-intrusive default setting.
    • In closing, Silva suggested that independent verification of these technologies could help engender trust and credibility in how governments and companies use them to combat Covid-19.
    • Overcoming this gap requires embedding privacy into the configuration and design of technologies themselves and not letting new degrees of surveillance become the norm.

SF Mayor London Breed Endorses Prop 24, California Ballot Measure To Strengthen Data Privacy Rights

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 5:03pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Today, the Yes on Prop 24 campaign announced an important endorsement from San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Bay Area leaders in support of the measure to strengthen consumer privacy.

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  • SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Today, the Yes on Prop 24 campaign announced an important endorsement from San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Bay Area leaders in support of the measure to strengthen consumer privacy.
  • "Prop 24 will provide strong protections against online racial profiling," said San Francisco Mayor London Breed.
  • "I urge voters to join me in voting YES on Prop 24."
  • Other prominent Bay Area leaders and endorsers include:
    International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, Local 21
    Protect your most personal information, by allowing you to prevent businesses from using or sharing sensitive information about your health, finances, race, ethnicity, and precise location;
    Safeguard young people, TRIPLING FINES for violations involving children's information;
    Put new limits on companies' collection and use of our personal information;
    Establish an enforcement armthe California Privacy Protection Agencyto defend these rights and hold companies accountable, and extend enforcement including IMPOSING PENALTIES FOR NEGLIGENCE resulting in theft of consumers' emails and passwords;
    MAKE IT MUCH HARDER TO WEAKEN PRIVACY in California in the future, by preventing special interests and politicians from undermining Californians' privacy rights, while allowing the Legislature to amend the law to further the primary goal of strengthening consumer privacy to better protect you and your children, such as opt-in for use of data, further protections for uniquely vulnerable minors, and greater power for individuals to hold violators accountable.

Legislators From Across California Endorse Prop 24 And Record Videos In Support Of Consumer Privacy Law

Monday, October 26, 2020 - 6:25pm

Protect your most personal information, by allowing you to prevent businesses from using or sharing sensitive information about your health, finances, race, ethnicity, and precise location;

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  • Protect your most personal information, by allowing you to prevent businesses from using or sharing sensitive information about your health, finances, race, ethnicity, and precise location;
    Safeguard young people, TRIPLING FINES for violations involving children's information;
    Put new limits on companies' collection and use of our personal information;
    Establish an enforcement armthe California Privacy Protection Agencyto defend these rights and hold companies accountable, and extend enforcement including IMPOSING PENALTIES FOR NEGLIGENCE resulting in theft of consumers' emails and passwords;
    MAKE IT MUCH HARDER TO WEAKEN PRIVACY in California in the future, by preventing special interests and politicians from undermining Californians' privacy rights, while allowing the Legislature to amend the law to further the primary goal of strengthening consumer privacy to better protect you and your children, such as opt-in for use of data, further protections for uniquely vulnerable minors, and greater power for individuals to hold violators accountable.
  • Californians for Consumer Privacy is the same group that authored the first-in-the-nation California Consumer Privacy Act, which was passed unanimously by the California State Legislature and signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown.
  • Now the group is backing Prop 24, the California Privacy Rights Act on the 2020 ballot, to expand and enshrine privacy rights for all Californians.
  • Paid for by Yes on 24, Californians for Consumer Privacy
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Online Privacy Leader Abine & DeleteMe Supports California's New Privacy Bill, the CPRA - Vote Yes on Prop 24

Monday, October 26, 2020 - 1:00pm

Abine , The Online Privacy Company, today announced its support of the California Privacy Rights Act (also known as "Proposition 24") which Californians will vote on this November.

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  • Abine , The Online Privacy Company, today announced its support of the California Privacy Rights Act (also known as "Proposition 24") which Californians will vote on this November.
  • "While the CCPA was a landmark for a US state to establish more comprehensive consumer privacy protections, early enforcement is proving challenging," said Rob Shavell, CEO of Abine and DeleteMe.
  • "The California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) is an actionable next step which will push industry to take more action around concepts outlined in the original legislation."
  • Abine, The Online Privacy Company, is a leading voice in online privacy and has protected millions worldwide via two solutions.

Yes On Prop 24 Campaign Announces Female Leaders From Across California In Support Of Privacy Ballot Measure

Friday, October 23, 2020 - 1:14am

"I urge California voters to join me in the fight to protect consumers by voting YES on Prop 24, the California Privacy Rights Act," saidLieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis.

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  • "I urge California voters to join me in the fight to protect consumers by voting YES on Prop 24, the California Privacy Rights Act," saidLieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis.
  • "Prop 24 will hold corporations accountable when they sell and misuse our private information.
  • It will set the national standard for consumer privacy laws, and California voters should send that message loud and clear by voting YES on Prop 24."
  • "That's why I'm asking California voters to join me in voting YES on Prop 24, to strengthen privacy laws and to help protect our personal data."