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Google, AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and Facebook all breathlessly insist that they support consumer privacy. Several of them have even stated that they support new privacy legislation.
Verizon is following Facebook in dropping out of a coalition opposing a sweeping California ballot proposal aimed at enhancing privacy rights.
California Ballot Measure Empowers Consumers to Take Back Control of Personal Information
Today, Californians for Consumer Privacy announced submission of 625,000 signatures statewide to qualify The California Consumer Privacy Act for the November ballot.
SACRAMENTO, CA (AP)— Supporters of a California initiative aimed at giving consumers more control over their personal data say they have collected enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot.
The California Consumer Privacy Act’s backers have turned in 625,000 signatures in their effort to get the measure on the California ballot in November, they said Thursday.
Proponents of a measure that would require companies to disclose the data they collect from consumers have submitted signatures on petitions to qualify the initiative for the November ballot...
Will Google take responsibility? It isn’t as if Google is unaware of the issues inherent in its business model. The company opposes the California Consumer Privacy Act, a November ballot measure...
Today, Californians for Consumer Privacy called on Google to stop funding the opposition to the CCPA and to stop the tracking of children on applications hosted by the Google Play Store.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Facebook says it will stop spending money to fight a proposed California ballot initiative aimed at giving consumers more control over their data.
[Congress] can expect to see more states take up measures like the Consumer Right to Privacy Act, a measure that proponents are trying to put on the California ballot in November.
Mainstream news outlets and respected tech blogs had one big story yesterday: Facebook dropping is opposition to the California Consumer Privacy Act.
"We're taking on the richest, most powerful industry that the world has ever seen. Standard Oil was powerful, but they didn't know everything about you."
"I just would hope that if Facebook is sincere, that they are committed to protecting users' privacy and they're not selling personal information, that they would be open to a candid dialogue."
Zuckerberg has said he’s open to Facebook being regulated, but Facebook has repeatedly opposed state privacy laws... [including] a California consumer privacy initiative on the ballot in November.
Facebook Front Office Refuses to Accept Letter
An estimated 2,500 to 4,000 companies sell data in the U.S., including many that, like Facebook, are heavily used by families with children.
The California Consumer Privacy Act would make data collection more transparent and give consumers a way to opt out of companies selling their data.
Whether this gets resolved in D.C. remains to be seen, but already there is a move in California to get a November ballot initiative before voters that would put controls on users’ private data.
The Facebook scandal over selling customers’ deepest secrets for huge amounts of cash has accelerated signature-gathering efforts for a 'Privacy Act' initiative on California’s ballot.
Cambridge Analytica stole the personal information of more than 50 million Americans through Facebook, and corporate America did exactly what we expected to protect consumers: NOTHING.
Rules on data ownership... could fix some of what's broken in the current online environment without standing in the way of change and innovation. In fact, they may encourage change and innovation.
“What we are proposing is some very basic rights: Let people find out what information companies are collecting, and let them have the ability to say, ‘Don’t sell my information,’” said Mactaggart.
Signatures are being gathered for the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, which would establish a consumer’s right to request that a business disclose what categories of personal data it gathers.
Facebook joined with Google, Comcast and others this year in fighting a ballot measure in California that would allow consumers to opt out from having their information shared with advertisers...
"This initiative... will give them the power to take back some of that control and put some transparency and accountability back into a system that desperately needs it."
Why, then, is Facebook opposing the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018? That’s what the lead proponent of a proposed state ballot initiative wants to know.
Backers of a CA ballot initiative pushing for consumer privacy protections say the latest issues around privacy & Facebook are an indication that technology companies that collect consumer info...
California privacy advocates are again pushing a new privacy proposal, this time dubbed the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018.
That it why Facebook — along with Google, Verizon, and other tech giants — is at this very moment vigorously trying to stop a California ballot initiative...
A statewide petition drive for a California consumer privacy protection measure is getting an unexpected boost from the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal...
Dear Mr. Zuckerberg: As you are no doubt aware, we are sponsoring a privacy initiative to appear on the November 2018 California ballot, the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018.
Facebook recently joined Google, Comcast, Verizon and AT&T and contributed over $1M to a PAC fighting this CA ballot initiative that would have let you opt out of data sharing with Cambridge Analytica
The lead proponent behind a proposed voter measure that would expand online privacy protections for California consumers has a message for Mark Zuckerberg: “Put your money where your mouth is.”
"As Facebook grapples with a backlash over its role in spreading disinformation, an internal dispute...is resulting in the departure of a senior executive."
'Unfortunately, under federal law these companies are often not held accountable for privacy violations,' he said. 'They have been able to fend off legal accountability...'
"Facebook on Sunday faced a backlash about how it protects user data, as American and British lawmakers demanded that it explain how a political data firm...was able to harvest private information"
Over the past six months or so, a huge amount of attention has been paid to government snooping, and the bulk collection and storage of vast amounts of raw data in the name of national security.
At the California Democratic Party convention last week in San Diego, the increasing tensions with big tech were apparent.
An address on a cable contract, the location of a cellphone, a store purchase or a simple Internet search for a vacation spot.
Algorithms are finding their way into all areas of our lives—from determining what news stories pop up in your social media feed to suggesting new music or restaurants.
Debates over the cost of kidney dialysis and the rights of consumers to keep their information private are both addressed in likely ballot propositions.
As a story of unintended consequences run amok, Frankenstein has been used as a metaphor for everything from artificial intelligence to gene editing. But what about the start-up culture of SV?
Backers of an initiative that would allow consumers to control their personal information have received authorization to begin gathering signatures, Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced recently.
A few weeks ago, Verizon placed an ad on Facebook to recruit applicants for a unit focused on financial planning and analysis.
Just about every electronic device now has some kind of internet connection. But security experts warn that there’s little oversight of what data these products can collect...
There are pretty strong odds that California voters soon will be hearing a lot about how consumer data are bought and sold and are asked to do something about it.
Yesterday, the Los Angeles Times published a column highlighting the California Consumer Privacy Act, which empowers consumers to take back their personal information.
You may know that most websites have third-party analytics scripts that record which pages you visit and the searches you make. But lately, more and more sites use “session replay” scripts.
Equifax revealed in September that attackers may have compromised the sensitive information of as many as 145 million people.
“The dating app knows me better than I do, but these reams of intimate information are just the tip of the iceberg. What if my data is hacked – or sold?”
Listen to Mary Ross, president of Californians for Consumer Privacy, on KPFA 94.1 FM speaking about the California Consumer Privacy Act.
We show that faces contain much more information about sexual orientation than can be perceived and interpreted by the human brain.
This initiative empowers consumers to find out what information businesses are collecting and gives them the power to tell businesses to stop selling their personal information.
A ballot initiative proposed Friday would allow California consumers to know what personal information businesses are collecting from them, what they do with it — and to who they are selling it.
The measure would allow people to annually demand businesses provide the information they’ve collected on them, as well as to opt out of any collection.
It’s time for Californians to take back control of their privacy.
“Another day, another massive data breach. Except this one involves Equifax, one of the credit-monitoring companies you might expect to be ultrasensitive..."
“Geofencing is a technology that allows digital advertising companies to direct advertisements to users through browsers and applications on their devices when those users are located..."
Some companies have started adding small cameras to billboards to collect data on passers-by.
“Employers are turning to mathematically modelled ways of sifting through job applications. Even when wrong, their verdicts seem beyond dispute – and they tend to punish the poor.”
"Have you ever researched the side effects of a medication online, sent an email to a relative about your health, ‘liked’ a health care organization on your Facebook page or downloaded a medical app?"
“A recent report...showed that the vast majority of mobile health apps on the marketplace aren't covered by the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act."
Clear Channel Outdoor is starting a new program called Radar that will use billboards to map real-world habits and behaviors from nearby consumers.
“Companies are increasingly using GPS-enabled technology to track their employees when they are not in the office."
“When Target lost data on some 110 million customers, it recommended them to credit bureau Experian for ‘identity theft protection...’"
"Consumer data companies are selling lists of rape victims, seniors with dementia and even those suffering from HIV and AIDS to marketers, underscoring the need for tighter government regulations..."