President Obama Renews Unlawful, Ineffective Surveillance Authority (March 29, 2014)
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.
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
January 2014 Monthly MeetingJanuary 31, 2014
Nicole Wong, the Deputy Chief Technology Officer for the Office of Science and Technology Policy, joined the Privacy Coalition to discuss the President's recently announced study on Big Data and the Future of Privacy. Lillie Coney, the Legislative Director for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, also joined the Privacy Coalition to discuss privacy efforts on the hill. Bob Gellman gave a summary of a recently released report by the World Privacy Forum on HIPAA Right to Restrict Disclosures to Health Plans, and Brad Jansen updated the Coalition on efforts to modernize the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.
Posted by Jeramie D. Scott on January 31, 2014
November 2013 Monthly MeetingNovember 26, 2013
Commissioner Maureen K. Ohlhausen of the Federal Trade Commission joined the Privacy Coalition to discuss the consumer privacy related work of the FTC including the FTC's recent workshop on the Internet of Things and her remarks at the workshop. Rachel Levinson-Waldman, Counsel to the Brennan Center's Liberty and National Security Program discussed her recent report, What the Government Does with American's Data. Pam Dixon, Executive Director of World Privacy Forum, provided an update on the comments her organization submitted to National Institutes of Health regarding the agency's draft genomic data sharing policy. David Jacobs, EPIC Consumer Protection Counsel, updated the group on Facebook's change to its Data Use Policy.
Posted by Jeramie D. Scott on November 26, 2013
September 2013 Monthly MeetingSeptember 24, 2013
Joo Chung, the Director of the Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties (OPCL), joined the Privacy Coalition to discuss the work of her Office in ensuring the Department of Justice's privacy compliance with the Privacy Act of 1974. The OPCL keeps an extensive list of the Department's Systems of Records Notices. Director Chung was joined by OPCL Senior Counsel, Bill Miller and OPCL Attorney-Advisor, Kristi Lane Scott. Scott Michelman, an attorney with Public Citizen, discussed the shortcomings of the class action settlement in Fraley v. Facebook. Charlie Leocha, the Director of the Consumer Travel Alliance, spoke about the need for the Department of Transportation to put resources towards consumer privacy.
Posted by Jeramie D. Scott on September 24, 2013
July 2013 Monthly MeetingJuly 26, 2013
David Medine, the Chairman of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board joined the Privacy Coalition to discuss the Board's priorities and the logistics of creating an independent agency from scratch. Douwe Korff, a professor of international law in London discussed Europe's response to the disclosure of the PRISM program and NSA's surveillance in general. Aaron Titus reported on the IRS's careless treatment of Social Security Numbers. Brad Jansen provided an update on ECPA reform.
Posted by EPIC on July 26, 2013
Fandago and Credit Karma Settle FTC Charges for Weak App Security (March 28, 2014)
Federal Trade Commission Backs Users in Facebook Privacy Case (March 21, 2014)
FTC Adopts EPIC's Recommendations on Improved FOIA Processing (March 21, 2014)
Google Admits to Data-Mining Student Emails (March 19, 2014)