Online privacy

Everything Ajit Pai Has F---ed Up in the Last Three Months

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

In just three months, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai managed to mess up a lot of stuff. Here’s what he’s been busy doing:

The uproar over Unroll.me selling user data to Uber shows most people don't understand ad-based business models

Location:
Jackdaw, Provo, UT, United States
Recommendation:
3

This week saw a furor surrounding Unroll.me, a service that offers to unsubscribe users from unwanted e-mails, but which apparently sold user data to Uber in the past in a way that wasn’t transparent to users.

Redrawing the Battle Lines in the ISP Privacy Debate

Location:
New America Foundation, 1899 L St NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Some have argued the Federal Communications Commission should not have privacy authority at all because it lacks privacy “expertise, personnel, or understanding.” But Congress should not heed those arguments.

Uber’s ‘fingerprinting’ of iPhones after users delete app has sparked an FTC complaint

Location:
Consumer Watchdog, 1750 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA, 90405, United States
Recommendation:
3

An advocacy group known for challenging the tech industry on privacy called on the Federal Trade Commission Thursday to investigate media reports that Uber could identify specific iPhone devices even after users deleted the ride-hailing app.

The main differences between internet privacy in the US and the EU

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

"Who is the focus of these laws? Is it about protecting us, and giving us all the information we need and allowing us to make informed choices?" asked Molly Wood. "Or is it about allowing Comcast to keep up with Google and Facebook when it comes to business models that rely on your personal data? I think that is a tension that's part of being American."

Uber’s CEO Plays With Fire

Location:
Uber, 800 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

A blindness to boundaries is not uncommon for Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. But in Travis Kalanick, that led to a pattern of repeatedly going too far at Uber, including the duplicity with Apple, sabotaging competitors and allowing the company to use a secret tool called Greyball to trick some law enforcement agencies.

Privacy messenger app Confide, used by some in White House, gets slapped with lawsuit that says it's not as secure as it claims

Location:
Confide, New York, NY, United States
Recommendation:
3

A new lawsuit claims that Confide, a privacy-focused messaging app reportedly used by several politicians including those in the Trump administration in February, may not be as secure as it has advertised.

California Today: Weighing a Response on Internet Privacy

Location:
California State Legislature, 1315 10th St, Sacramento, CA, 95814, United States
Recommendation:
3

Assemblyman Ed Chau, a Democrat who heads the Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee, said he was holding meetings on steps the CA Legislature could take to safeguard personal information.

Your cop on the privacy beat

Location:
Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States
Recommendation:
3

You often hear the FTC described as America’s top cop on the privacy beat. We’re not the only agency working on privacy and data security issues, of course, but we have the broadest jurisdiction.

Consumer groups blast DHS head for seeking travelers' social media passwords

Location:
Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC, 20528, United States
Recommendation:
3

A coalition of consumer advocacy groups is calling on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to oppose requiring foreign nationals to provide their social media passwords to enter the US.

The FCC Is Leading Us Toward Catastrophe

Location:
Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, 23 Everett Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138, United States
Recommendation:
3

Here’s what we know about Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s latest plans.

EU launches public consultation into fears about future of internet

Location:
European Union, Brussels, Belgium
Recommendation:
3

The European Union is launching an unprecedented public consultation to find out what Europeans fear most about the future of the internet. A succession of surveys over the coming weeks will ask people for their views on everything from privacy and security to artificial intelligence, network neutrality, big data and the impact of the digital world on jobs, health, government and democracy.

Trump’s FCC chairman Ajit Pai is ‘one of the worst picks possible,’ Rep Ro Khanna says

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

Rep Ro Khanna (D-CA), a congressman in his first term representing California’s 17th district, is quick to denounce President Donald Trump. But he also doesn’t mince words about President Trump’s FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai.

Podcast: New FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has policy views that trace back to Kansas

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

An interview with Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai.

What you’re really agreeing to when you accept your smart TV’s privacy policy

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Let's be honest here — most of us don’t read the privacy policies for smart televisions. And even if we try to, it’s often difficult to read them, particularly on a television screen.

Lawmakers Who Championed Repeal of Web Browsing Privacy Protections Raked in Telecom Campaign Cash

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

The two lawmakers most responsible for rolling back landmark internet browsing privacy protections were richly rewarded by telecommunication giants. Verizon, AT&T, Cox Enterprises, the US Telecom Association, and CTIA, the trade association for the major cell phone carriers, appeared to single out the original sponsors of the repeal resolution — Sen Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and House Communications Subcommittee Chair Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) — for particularly generous campaign contributions.

‘Nobody’s got to use the Internet’: Rep Sensenbrenner’s response to concerns about Web privacy

Location:
Menomonee Falls, WI, United States
Recommendation:
2

“Nobody’s got to use the Internet. … And the thing is that if you start regulating the Internet like a utility, if we did that right at the beginning, we would have no Internet."

Google and Facebook oppose managing the Internet. Except when they’re doing it.

Location:
News Media Alliance, 4401 N. Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA, 22203, United States
Recommendation:
1

Google and Facebook are facing new competition to their online business models after President Trump signed a bill putting Internet service providers on a path to being able to monetize online users the same way these technology giants do. Next up is the threatened unwinding of the Obama administration’s “net neutrality” rules, which could put these companies in a double bind, because they could soon have to pay Internet service providers a metered rate to move their content to customers’ screens. Google and Facebook will argue — as they did during our fight on net neutrality in 2015 — that ISPs should not be able to prioritize and price the flow of online content.

Spying on Students: School-Issued Devices and Student Privacy

Location:
Electronic Frontier Foundation, 454 Shotwell Street, San Francisco, CA, 94110-1914, United States
Recommendation:
2

Technology providers are spying on students—and school districts, which often provide inadequate privacy policies or no privacy policy at all, are unwittingly helping them do it.

2017 IT Leadership Survey

Location:
Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), 1025 Vermont Avenue, Washington, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
3

The shift to mobile learning, student data privacy and budget constraints are top of mind for school district technology leaders. These are among the key findings CoSN revealed today from its 2017 IT Leadership Survey.

The Future of Broadband Privacy—Who Will Protect Consumers?

Apr 17 2017 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Location:
New America, 740 15th Street NW Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

Join New America’s Open Technology Institute and Public Knowledge as we welcome Federal Trade Commissioner Terrell McSweeny to discuss the future of broadband privacy. The event will also include a panel to unpack the implications surrounding the privacy rules’ repeal.

A plan to preserve the internet

Location:
Vox Media, 104 W 40th St, New York, NY, 10018, United States
Recommendation:
2

A way we can protect the internet, at least in America, from both political whiplash in DC and the constant commercial overreach that threatens it. I say we treat the internet as both a unique resource and a great common engineering project, something that merits government protection.

The FCC’s plan to kill net neutrality will also kill internet privacy

Location:
Open Society Foundations, 224 West 57th Street, New York, NY, 10019, United States
Recommendation:
3

After Congress repealed the Federal Communications Commission’s broadband privacy rules two weeks ago, new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai promised the American people that he would ensure that the personal information they give to their Internet service providers would continue to be protected.

Why Title II Net Neutrality Directly Conflicts with Consumer Privacy

Location:
Precursor, 7925 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA, 22102, United States
Recommendation:
3

At best the notions of network neutrality and consumer privacy are somewhat in tension. At worst, they are in opposition, and harm consumer privacy as happened when the Wheeler-Federal Communications Commission subordinated the goal of what’s best for consumer privacy to the conflicting and overriding goal of what was best for imposing maximal, Title II net neutrality.

Charter sued for selling personal customer data without consent

Location:
Charter Communications, 12405 Powerscourt Dr, St. Louis, MO, 63131, United States
Recommendation:
3

Charter Communications has been hit with a class action suit in St. Louis (MO) for selling subscribers’ personally identifiable information.

Rep Cramer open to releasing his internet browsing history

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

Rep Kevin Cramer (R-ND) says he’s willing to release his internet browsing history.

When Apps Secretly Team Up to Steal Your Data

Location:
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, 24061, United States
Recommendation:
3

Pairs of Android apps installed on the same smartphone have ways of colluding to extract information about the phone’s user, which can be difficult to detect.

Republican Reps Urge FCC to Continue Protecting Privacy

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

More than half a hundred Republican Reps signed onto a letter asking Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to "continue ensuring" that consumer broadband privacy is maintained until the FCC "remedies" the Title II reclassification.

Trump Is About to Find Out What Happens When You Mess With the Open Internet

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, a former Verizon lawyer, met on April 4 with broadband industry officials to discuss how best to dismantle the legal basis underpinning the FCC's 2015 Open Internet net neutrality policy.

Trump's FCC and FTC Chairs Rush in to Defend Big Telco's Assault on Internet Privacy

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

It’s hard to defend legislation that undermines internet users’ essential privacy rights. But that hasn’t stopped the broadband industry and its many friends in Washington from trying.

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