Online privacy

Acting FTC Chairman Ohlhausen Reports One Year of Agency Accomplishments

Federal Trade Commission Acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen released a summary of the agency’s major accomplishments one year after being named to lead the agency.

Among the accomplishments:

Crap, I Forgot to Go Incognito!

[Commentary] What if Google posted your search history online? All of it, I mean—even the stuff you looked at years ago (or perhaps yesterday) in Incognito Mode.

Community Broadband: Privacy, Access, and Local Control

[Commentary] Communities across the United States are considering strategies to protect residents’ access to information and their right to privacy.

It's the (Democracy-Poisoning) Golden Age of Free Speech

[Commentary] The rules and incentive structures underlying how attention and surveillance work on the internet need to change.

House Votes to Renew Surveillance Law, Rejecting New Privacy Limits

The House of Representatives voted to extend the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance program for six years with minimal changes, rejecting a yearslong effort by a bipartisan group of lawmakers to impose significant new privacy limi

No tracking, no revenue: Apple's privacy feature costs ad companies millions

Internet advertising firms are losing hundreds of millions of dollars following the introduction of a new privacy feature from Apple that prevents users from being tracked around the web.

You may not know much about the companies exposing your personal information. But they know a lot about you.

Here's a fun question to pose at the family dinner table: have you ever heard of Alteryx? Whether you have or not, chances are good that it has heard of you.

Public Opinion Often Sets Privacy Standards for Smart City Tech

 As cities have begun to collect and release unprecedented amounts of data, questions about citizen privacy have become increasingly relevant.

We have Abandoned Every Principle of the Free and Open Internet

"In a few years, men will be able to communicate more effectively through a machine than face to face.” It was 1968, and J.C.R. Licklider, a director at ARPA, had become convinced that humanity was on the cusp of a computing revolution. 

Privacy Groups Push FTC Action on Kid-Connected Devices

Consumer groups want the Federal Trade Commission and retailers to crack down on Interconnected toys and smartwatches to protect kids' privacy.