NJ company may be first violator of Vt. data broker law

(Mar 20, 2019) A New Jersey–based company may be the first to violate Vermont’s data broker law after it was discovered the entity failed to disclose its possession of data on minors, Philly.com reports. ALC Inc. told regulators it did not knowingly collect minors’ data, despite advertisements to sell 1.2 million student records belonging to subjects between the ages of 14 and 17. ALC registered as a data broker in Vermont in January in order to comply with the new rules. ALC Chief Marketing Officer Sherry Boo... Read More

At hearing on US federal privacy bill, sens. want answers on location tracking, opt-in

(Mar 13, 2019) At a U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing Tuesday, lawmakers sought answers from witnesses on the ways companies are monetizing users' personal data and whether consumers should have more choice in the matter as Congress looks toward crafting a federal privacy law — at some point. Lawmakers focused much of their time asking Google about its monetization of consumer data via behavioral advertising and its location-tracking policies. David Hoffman, CIPP/US, global privacy officer at Inte... Read More

At hearing, US Senate wants answers on location tracking, opt-in consent

(Mar 13, 2019) At a U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing Tuesday, lawmakers sought answers from witnesses on the ways companies are monetizing users' personal data and whether consumers should have more choice in the matter as Congress looks toward crafting a federal privacy law — at some point.  At the outset of the hearing, called "GDPR & CCPA: Opt-ins, Consumer Control, and the Impact on Competition and Innovation," Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said she's concerned with the global trend t... Read More

IoT cybersecurity bill set to be introduced on Capitol Hill

(Mar 12, 2019) A bipartisan bill created to address internet-of-things cybersecurity is set to be introduced to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, Augusta Free Press reports. The Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act would require devices purchased by the U.S. government to meet minimum security requirements. The bill would mandate the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology to create recommendations to address cybersecurity and for the Office of Management and Budget to relea... Read More

App developer cited for failure to participate in DAA's self-regulatory principles

(Mar 6, 2019) The Online Interest-Based Advertising Accountability Program and Children’s Advertising Review Unit referred app developer HyperBeard to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for its failure to follow the Digital Advertising Alliance’s Self-Regulatory Principles and CARU’s Self-Regulatory Guidelines. The regulatory groups focused on children’s privacy in their investigation of HyperBeard. A review of HyperBeard found the developer allowed third parties to collect data through its KleptoCats app. The... Read More

The privacy issues with school safety technology

(Mar 6, 2019) As schools embrace technologies to monitor and collect data, an article for EdSurge reports on the need to balance privacy and security in a school environment. A recent panel discussion at SXSW EDU brought together privacy advocates, a school administrator and a school safety software product manager to discuss this balance and left one assistant principal to admit feeling “caught in the middle” when it came to ensuring student safety and protecting student data. New Knowledge Researcher Bill F... Read More

An open letter to the California legislature on updating the CCPA

(Mar 5, 2019) San Francisco, March 3, 2019Assemblymember Ed Chau, ChairAssembly Privacy and Consumer Protection CommitteeState Capitol, Room 5016Sacramento, CA 95814 Re: California Consumer Privacy Law Corrections Dear Chairman Chau, As one of the principal commentators, scholars, teachers and advisers on California privacy law, I want to first congratulate you and the California Legislature on the passage of many innovative and cutting-edge information privacy and security laws over the years, making Cali... Read More