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Congressional Hearing on Employment Verification

The House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on employment verification. Several hearings have be held by the committee on the proposal to create a mandatory national government employment eligibility system. The current private sector system is voluntary.

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Privacy Rulemaking

Coalition Calls for Transparency in Public Consumer Database

In comments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, over 40 public interest organizations urged the Bureau to publish consumer complaint narratives. The Bureau currently publishes limited complaint information on financial products and services, including debt collection and credit reports. The Bureau is now considering a plan to provide consumer perspectives on experiences with the financial industry. The consumer groups support this effort and also recommend obtaining consumer consent and removing personally identifiable information before posting the complaints.

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Privacy Legislation

President Pushes Consumer Privacy Forward

The President announced that he will move forward the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, a model framework for federal consumer privacy legislation.

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Campaigns

Coalition Members Promote Consumer Privacy Protection

Fifteen Privacy Coalition members representing millions of consumers and Internet users, sent a letter to the Senate Commerce Committee urging Congress to do more to protect consumer information. "Consumers today face an unfair choice: either stay offline and ignore the benefits of new technology, or plug in and run extraordinary risks to privacy and security," they wrote. "It shouldn't be this way. Consumers are more concerned about the privacy threat from big business than from big government," the letter continues. The coalition, which includes the American Civil Liberties Union, Center for Digital Democracy, Consumer Action, Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, Consumer Watchdog, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Electronic Privacy Information Center, National Consumers League, Privacy Activism, Patient Privacy Rights Foundation, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, Privacy Times, U.S. PIRG, and World Privacy Forum, argues that current privacy laws are inadequate, and that industry self-regulation has failed, as evidenced by millions of records compromised in data breaches.

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Coalition Meetings

March 2015 Monthly Meeting

R. David Edelman, the Senior Advisor for Internet, Innovation, and Privacy for the White House, joined the Privacy Coalition on March 27. Mr. Edelman discussed the recent privacy initiatives of the Obama Administration, including the recently released discussion draft of the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act. Mr. Edelman is responsible for policy development on issues related to the digital economy, including online privacy and Internet governance.

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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.

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March 2015 Monthly Meeting

March 27, 2015

R. David Edelman, the Senior Advisor for Internet, Innovation, and Privacy for the White House, joined the Privacy Coalition on March 27. Mr. Edelman discussed the recent privacy initiatives of the Obama Administration, including the recently released discussion draft of the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act. Mr. Edelman is responsible for policy development on issues related to the digital economy, including online privacy and Internet governance.

Posted by Jeramie D. Scott on March 27, 2015

Head European Data Protection Official Meets with Privacy Coalition

March 6, 2015

Giovani Buttarelli, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), joined the Privacy Coalition on March 6. Mr. Buttarelli discussed his agenda for privacy protection he outlined in a recent speech at the Computers, Privacy & Data Protection Conference. Mr. Buttarelli was confirmed as the EDPS last December. In his role, he is responsible for ensuring that European institutions and bodies respect the right to privacy.

Posted by Jeramie D. Scott on March 6, 2015

ODNI Privacy Officer to Speak at February meeting

January 20, 2015

Alexander W. Joel, the head of the Civil Liberties and Privacy Office for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence will join the Privacy Coalition in February. Mr. Joel's responsibilities include incorporating privacy and civil liberties into the policies and procedures of the Intelligence community, overseeing compliance, and reviewing complaints of possible abuses.

Posted by Jeramie D. Scott on January 20, 2015

President Pushes Consumer Privacy Forward

January 12, 2015

The President announced that he will move forward the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, a model framework for federal consumer privacy legislation.

Posted by Jeramie D. Scott on January 12, 2015

President to Propose Legislation to Safeguard Student Data

The President will propose legislation to safeguard student data, to "ensure that data collected in the educational context is used only for educational purposes." The Student Digital Privacy Act, based on a landmark California statute, will prohibit companies from selling data for non-educational purposes and from using data for targeted advertising.

Posted by Jeramie D. Scott on January 12, 2015

Privacy.org headlines

EPIC Obtains E-Voting Documents, Security Questions Remain Unanswered (April 3, 2015)

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood Protests Eavesdropping Barbie (April 2, 2015)

EPIC Sues FAA, Challenges Failure to Create Drone Privacy Safeguards (March 31, 2015)

U.S. Supreme Court Tosses Out North Carolina Lifetime GPS Tracking (March 30, 2015)

Senate Committee Approves Modest Driver Privacy Bill (March 30, 2015)

EPIC Continues Pursuit of Network Shutdown Policy (March 27, 2015)

United Nations To Create Special Rapporteur on Right to Privacy (March 26, 2015)

EPIC Pursues Investigation of FTC's 2012 Investigation of Google (March 26, 2015)

European Court of Justice Hears Case Challenging "Safe Harbor" Agreement and NSA Spying (March 24, 2015)