Latin American Consumer Groups Urge Facebook to Comply with GDPR in All Countries

A coalition of 14 consumer groups in Latin America has sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, urging him to comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) at a global level. The groups wrote, “The GDPR provides a solid foundation for the…

US and European Consumer Groups Urge Mark Zuckerberg to Comply with GDPR in All Countries

The Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD), a coalition of more than 70 consumer organization in North America and Europe, has sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg urging him to comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as a baseline standard, not just…

UPDATE – EPIC, Consumer Groups Urge FTC to Investigate Facebook’s Use of Facial Recognition

EPIC and a coalition of consumer groups have filed a complaint with the FTC, charging that Facebook’s use of facial recognition techniques threaten user privacy and “in multiple ways” violate the 2011 Consent Order with the Commission. “The scanning of facial images without express, affirmative…

EPIC, Consumer Groups to Urge Federal Trade Commission to Investigate Facebook’s Use of Facial Recognition

EPIC and a coalition of consumer groups will file a complaint with the FTC on Friday charging that Facebook’s use of facial recognition techniques threaten user privacy and violate the 2011 Consent Order with the Commission. “The scanning of facial images without express, affirmative consent…

EPIC Sues AccuWeather for Deceptively Tracking Consumers

EPIC has filed a consumer protection lawsuit against AccuWeather for deceptively tracking the location of subscribers who downloaded the company’s app. In papers filed in the District of Columbia, EPIC charged that AccuWeather tracked consumers even when they expressly opted out of location tracking. EPIC…

Safety Commission Responds to EPIC’s Google Home Mini Complaint

The Consumer Product Safety Commission responded to a complaint from EPIC and a coalition of consumer groups, urging the Commission to order the recall of the Google Home Mini “smart speaker.” The touchpad on the device was permanently set to “on” so that Google recorded…

EPIC, Coalition Call On Facebook to Stop Electioneering

EPIC joined Consumer Watchdog and a coalition of consumer organizations to urge Facebook to cease all campaign contributions and electioneering activity. The groups also recommended that Facebook retain Jimmy Carter and the Carter Center to audit Facebook’s use of personal information for election advertisements. Last…

EPIC, Consumer Groups Urge FTC To Investigate Facebook

In a statement issued today, EPIC and a coalition of consumer groups have called on the Federal Trade Commission to determine whether Facebook violated a 2011 Consent Order when it facilitated the transfer of personal data of 50 million Facebook users to the data mining…

Facebook “Breach” Highlights Failure of FTC to Enforce Consent Orders

In 2009, EPIC and a coalition of US consumer privacy organizations petitioned the Federal Trade Commission to establish comprehensive privacy safeguards after Facebook changed user privacy settings and secretly transferred user data to third parties. In 2011, the FTC agreed with the privacy groups and…

Rep. Lieu Introduces Two Consumer Data Protection Bills

Today Rep. Lieu (D-CA) introduced two bills to safeguard consumer data: the “Protecting Consumer Information Act of 2018” and the “Ending Forced Arbitration for Victims of Data Breaches Act.” The first bill will expand the Federal Trade Commission’s enforcement authority over credit reporting agencies, while…

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