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Consumers Union Documents

  • Consumer Comments to the NTIA on “Multistakeholder Process To Develop Consumer Data Privacy Codes of Conduct”

    April 2, 2012 National Telecommunications and Information Administration 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Room 4725, Washington, DC 20230 Submitted via email to privacyrfc2012@ntia.doc.gov Consumer Comments to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration on “Multistakeholder Process To Develop Consumer Data Privacy Codes of Conduct” Docket No. 120214135–2135–01 The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) requested comment on Continue Reading

  • Comments to the NTIA on “Multistakeholder Process To Develop Consumer Data Privacy Codes of Conduct

    April 2, 2012 National Telecommunications and Information Administration 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Room 4725, Washington, DC 20230 Submitted via email to privacyrfc2012@ntia.doc.gov Comments to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration on “Multistakeholder Process To Develop Consumer Data Privacy Codes of Conduct” Docket No. 120214135–2135–01 The undersigned organizations appreciate the opportunity to respond to the National Continue Reading

  • Tracking Protection on Google Chrome for Mac

    Take control of your privacy and utilize the tools available to you on Google Chrome! Privacy tools are improving with each version of Google Chrome, so it is important to download the latest version of Chrome here. Then get started on the simple slideshow below to see what your options are for tracking protection from Continue Reading

  • Tracking Protection on Safari for Mac

    Take control of your privacy and utilize the tools available to you on Apple Safari! You can only use the Do Not Track tool in Safari version 5.1 and higher, so download the latest version here. Then get started on the simple slideshow below to see what your options are for tracking protection from websites! Continue Reading

  • Tracking Protection on Firefox for Mac

    Take control of your privacy and utilize the tools available to you on Mozilla Firefox! Firefox continues to improve its privacy tools with each version, so it is important to download the latest version of Firefox here. Then get started on the simple slideshow below to see what your options are for tracking protection from Continue Reading

  • Google Chrome 17 tools to block unwanted tracking

    If you’ve been worried that Google, master of the internet information universe, can too easily track you around the web…then its time to do something about it. Upgrade to Chrome 17 and finally take back your privacy. Not many folks are using Chrome 17 just yet. Download it now, and we’ll show you how. GC17TrakingProtection Continue Reading

  • Better Privacy Controls with IE9

    If you use Internet Explorer to surf the net, you can improve your web privacy significantly with IE9 tools. Most people have not yet updated to IE 9, which was released in March 2011, so we encourage you to do that first. If you have Windows XP or earlier you cannot upgrade to IE9. Internet Continue Reading

  • How to use your browser privacy tools: we show you!

    We’ve created quick slide presentations that walk you through the privacy controls on your browser and give you tips to increase your privacy when you surf the net. First, pick your browser! Learn about better privacy tools for: Internet Explorer for PC Mozilla Firefox for PC Google Chrome for PC Apple Safari for Mac Mozilla Continue Reading

  • Mozilla Firefox 10 Privacy Tools

    Firefox 10 offers some real improvements over its predecessors when it comes to privacy. After a number of “beta” test launches, the final version of this browser was released January 2012. Since it is so new, most users have not yet upgraded. So first, we recommend you download it if you are not already using Continue Reading

  • Consumers Union Comments to FTC on Facial Recognition Technologies

    January 31, 2012 Federal Trade Commission 600 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. Room H-113 (Annex P) Washington,DC20580 Comments of Consumers Union Face Facts: A Forum on Facial Recognition Project Number P115406   Consumers Union,[1] the public policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports®, appreciates the opportunity to provide comment on “Face Facts: A Forum on Facial Recognition Continue Reading

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Blog Posts

  • Internet Explorer 10 Will Enable “Do Not Track” By Default

    Microsoft recently announced that its new version of the Internet Explorer browser, IE10, will have the “Do Not Track” setting enabled by default. The “Do Not Track” tool, supported by the Federal Trade Commission and a number of consumer and privacy groups, including Consumers Union, would allow individuals to tell third party sites that they Continue Reading

  • Twitter supports Do Not Track

    On May 17, Ed Felton, Chief Technologist of the Federal Trade Commission, announced that Twitter would begin supporting Do Not Track. Twitter is partnering with Mozilla to give users the ability to opt out of being tracked in any way through Twitter. Twitter will enable the Do Not Track tool in the Mozilla Firefox browser Continue Reading

  • What does candy have to do with car insurance?

    As we’ve continued to follow (and update you) on the ongoing W3C process, which seeks to create a standard for a universal Do Not Track Tool, the issue of figuring out who is a first party and who is a third party keeps popping up, again and again, as a key sticking point between stakeholders. Continue Reading

  • FTC releases framework for online privacy

    In March 2012, the FTC released their final report on online privacy, entitled Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: Recommendations for Businesses and Policymakers. This is a continuation of their December 2010 preliminary report. The final report calls on Congress to consider enacting privacy legislation and data security legislation. The Commission offers Continue Reading

  • CR survey finds that most consumers are still “very concerned” about online privacy

    A recent survey1 by Consumer Reports found that 71 percent of respondents were “very concerned” about companies selling or sharing information gathered about them without their permission. Sixty-five percent of smartphone owners were “very concerned” that smartphone apps can access their contacts, photos, location, or other data on their devices without their permission. More than Continue Reading

  • Mobile apps can upload your photos and contacts, no permission needed

    When you download an app on your smartphone, do you know what types of information that app can gather from your device? Many users expect that apps will only have access to their personal information if granted express permission. However, according to recent New York Times reports, a number of iPhone and Android apps can Continue Reading

  • Big Score for Consumer Privacy Rights

    It’s been a busy week for online privacy!   On Thursday, Consumers Union participated in a White House roll-out of a “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights,” which sets out general principles about how consumer data should be handled online. The principles focus on granting individuals more control over their privacy online, as well as ensuring Continue Reading

  • FTC Says Privacy Disclosures for Kids’ Mobile Apps are “Disappointing”

    On February 16, the Federal Trade Commission released a report that looked at the effectiveness of privacy disclosures made by mobile apps for children.  The results of the report are dismal.  The FTC dubbed the privacy disclosures  “disappointing” because it would be nearly impossible for an average consumer to figure out what data a mobile app was Continue Reading

  • Every step you take: DNT must include geolocation and mobile apps

    Geolocation is an increasingly popular Internet feature with many benefits. With geolocation, you can let your friends know where you are, locate places like restaurants or gas stations nearby, or find out location-specific information like weather and directions. There are many popular websites and apps that encourage users to share their location, such as Twitter, Continue Reading

  • Do Not Track: Set it and forget it

    The World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Tracking Protection Working Group released the first public working draft of a proposed Do Not Track standard in November 2011. While these standards are still in the very early stages of development, we are eager to see solutions that would allow users to prevent third-party tracking. Current tracking prevention tools Continue Reading

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