Verizon’s New Privacy Policies Alarming

Earlier this week, Verizon and Verizon Wireless began sending notices to their customers announcing a change to the privacy practices of the companies and a new program of targeted advertising. The letter informed customers that Verizon would be using information about the customers, including geographic location and which websites they visit, and would be sharing…

Settings On Facebook's Frictionless Sharing

Late last week, a group of organizations co-signed a letter to the Federal Trade Commission outlining concerns that they have about some of Facebook’s recent practices and announcements. CCIA believes that the FTC’s work in enforcing the unfair and deceptive practices prohibitions in Section 5 of the FTC Act is essential to protecting privacy online. However, the…

Online Behavioral Advertising in the EU – The Need for User ‘Consent’

The advertising industry has drafted a self-regulatory framework this year to meet legal requirements regarding the placement of cookies on Internet users’ machines for the purpose of online behavioral advertising. This framework, drafted in response to legal requirements, is based on an opt-out approach. The approach would enable Internet users to obtain relevant information about the purpose…

ECPA Petition Urges Reform

CCIA has been deeply involved for a long time in efforts to convince Congress to give the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) the attention it deserves. ECPA, written in 1986, dictates under what circumstances the government may demand a person’s information when it is stored online. The law predates much of what we know as…

CCIA Asks Swiss Government to Rethink Overbroad User Surveillance Proposals

In a reaction to increasing pressures from Governments around the world to extend the scope of online surveillance, the Computer & Communications Industry Association filed a comment on the Draft Revision of the Swiss Telecommunications Surveillance Ordinance (in French). The proposal, published by Switzerland’s Minister of Justice and Police, Simonetta Sommaruga, would provide law enforcement agencies with unprecedented authority to…

Members of Congress, EU Parliament Discuss Privacy, IP

CCIA Executive Vice President Erika Mann and the former chair of the Congressional Internet Caucus Rick Boucher opened a roundtable discussion Thursday between members of Congress and the European Parliament on privacy and intellectual property as part of Transatlantic Week in Congress. Mann helped found the European Internet Foundation, the counterpart to the Congressional Internet…