New Rule Puts Cloak of Privacy on Children’s Apps

The Sacramento Bee
Daniel Castro expressed the concern that COPPA rules could “leak out” of the children’s environment and impact other websites.

Will Privacy Protections Ruin the Internet?

The Wall Street Journal
Even the do-not-track clause — arguably the Obama administration’s biggest proposal to promote online privacy — may be a step too far, says Daniel Castro.

FTC Disclosure Report Overemphasizes Privacy at the Expense of Innovation

WASHINGTON (February 1, 2013) - The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation responded to the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) report "Mobile Privacy Disclosures: Building Trust Through Transparency," calling it too focused on protecting privacy without taking into account the overall effect on the user experience.
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Google Outlines How it Handles User Data Requests, Pushes for Reforms

PC Magazine
The single most important privacy issue for this Congress is to address glaring deficiencies in the ECPA.

ITIF Calls for Update of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act

WASHINGTON (January 28, 2013) - In marking the observance of Data Privacy Day, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is joining with numerous think tanks and advocacy groups to call for updates to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). The law, passed in 1986 to establish rules for government access to electronic communications in criminal investigations, has not kept pace with advances in modern technology.  Read more »

The Real Privacy Issue

January 28, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

Rather than regulating (or even banning) technology with the hope that this will generate more privacy, policy should focus on the specific behaviors that are the problem. If policymakers are concerned about employers using private information on social networks to make hiring decisions, they should ban hiring managers from asking applicants for their Facebook or Twitter account login information. Or if policymakers are concerned about insurance companies using genetic information from individuals or family members to set premiums and deny coverage, then they should prohibit insurers from using this information for these particular purposes. By creating targeted rules focused on specific behaviors, policymakers can avoid the unintended spillover effects that come from regulating technologies and better ensure that consumers are protected from actual harms.

Location Privacy Legislation is Move in Wrong Direction: Part 2 – Stalking and Domestic Violence

January 14, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

Congress should not link the debate about honest uses of location data to domestic violence.