The Privacy Coalition is a nonpartisan coalition of consumer, civil liberties, educational, family, library, labor, and technology organizations that have agreed to the Privacy Pledge. Members of the coalition have been meeting since 1995, but formalized the organization in February 2001. View a list of member organizations.
June 2014 Monthly MeetingJuly 1, 2014
John Carlin, the Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division of the Department of Justice, was able to join the us to discuss the work of his division. The National Security Division is a relatively new division of the Justice Department having been created in 2006. The division is responsible for representing the government in front of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and providing oversight of various national security activities of the Intelligence Community.
Posted by Jeramie D. Scott on July 1, 2014
May 2014 Monthly MeetingMay 30, 2014
The Department of Justice's Chief Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer, Erika Brown Lee, joined the Privacy Coalition to discuss the priorities of her office. She was joined by Director Joo Y. Chung and Deputy Director Kristi Lane Scott. The Privacy and Civil Liberties Office is responsible for the Department of Justice's compliance with the Privacy Act of 1974 and the privacy provisions of both the E-Government Act of 2002 and the Federal Information Security Management Act.
Posted by Jeramie D. Scott on May 30, 2014
Privacy Coalition Briefs FTC CommissionerMay 14, 2014
FTC Commissioner Joshua D. Wright joined the Privacy Coalition for a special meeting to brief the Commissioner on current consumer privacy issues. A number of Privacy Coalition members participated including Susan Grant of Consumer Federation of America who provided background information on the growing commodification of internet users. Bob Gellman gave an overview of a recent report he authored with Pam Dixon of the World Privacy Forum. The report, The Scoring of America, focuses on how secret consumer scoring threatens privacy. The ACLU's Sandra Fulton explained the Civil Rights Principles for the Era of Big Data and describe some of the privacy issues surrounding big data.
Posted by Jeramie D. Scott on May 14, 2014
April 2014 Monthly MeetingApril 30, 2014
Karen Neuman, Chief Privacy Officer for the Department of Homeland Security, joined the Privacy Coalition to discuss the priorities of DHS. Susan Grant of the Consumer Federation of America discussed a sign-on opportunity to support the SECURE Act of 2014, which would increase the accuracy of credit reports and make it easier for consumers to resolve problems with them. Amie Stepanovich of Access discussed the recent coalition comments submitted to the National Institute of Standards on the agency's new guidelines and principles for setting cryptography standards. Chris Calabrese spoke about an opportunity to support the modernization of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.
Posted by Jeramie D. Scott on April 30, 2014
February 2014 Monthly MeetingMarch 5, 2014
The February meeting of the Privacy Coalition moved a few days into March to accommodate our guest speaker, Commissioner Chantal Bernier of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Commissioner Bernier joined the Coalition to discuss the current efforts of her office to protect the privacy of Canadian citizens. EPIC's Jeramie Scott announced that the recent coalition letter urging the Obama Administration to accept public comments as part of the White House's review of Big Data and the Future of Privacy succeeded. Responses to the request for public comments are due March 31, 2014. Brad Jansen and Fred Moss updated the Coalition on efforts to encourage the implementation of privacy safeguards while allowing the public to use the Social Security Administration's Social Security Death Index. The meeting culminated with an award to Evan Hendricks. The award honored the 33 year run of Evan's newsletter, Privacy Times, and his extensive work on privacy issues over the years.
Posted by Jeramie D. Scott on March 5, 2014
FAA, Park Service Ground Drones, Cite Safety Concerns (June 30, 2014)
Supreme Court Rejects Google's Street View Appeal (June 30, 2014)
FTC Ignores Public Comments on Safe Harbor Settlements (June 27, 2014)
Senators Leahy and Cornyn Introduce FOIA Reform Bill (June 25, 2014)