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Hearings

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

December 2011 Privacy Coalition Meeting


Guest speakers included Gail Hillebrand, Associate Director of Consumer Education and Engagement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau met with the Coalition. She was joined by Brett Kitt, Senior Counsel and Claire Stapleton, Chief Privacy Officer with the Consumer Financial Protection Agency. the agency is providing financial education to consumers and opportunities to register mortgage and credit card company complaints. The Consumer Financial Protection Agency also allow consumers to tell their stories regarding experiences with financial products. Kathleen Styles, Chief Privacy Officer for the U.S. Department of Education, updated the Coalition on topics discussed in May including new FERPA regulations, increasing privacy assistance to the education community, and student data release policy. Julian Sanchez, Research Fellow, with CATO, briefed the Coalition on the House Judiciary Committee Mark-up of the Managers Amendment to the Stop Online Piracy Act. Gilad Rosner, PhD Candidate, School of Computer Science University of Nottingham, will be discussing the Public Policy of Unlinkability just at the beginning of his work on a comparative study of the US and Germany.

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Privacy Legislation

FISA Reform Bill Introduced in the House

Representatives Conyers, Nadler, and Scott introduced two bills today that would amend the PATRIOT Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The Patriot Amendments Act of 2009 will enhance reporting and judicial oversight of law enforcement powers, including the National Security Letter process. The FISA Amendments Act of 2009 will place new limits on the government's ability to collect and store Americans' communications without a warrant and repeals retroactive immunity.

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DC Privacy Events

Monthly Privacy Coalition Meeting Hosts Julie Brill New FTC Commissioner

Julie Brill one of the two new members of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) meet with the Privacy Coalition. She wanted to hear from members about their concerns regarding the work of the FTC and their expectations for the agency moving forward. The meeting also featured discussions regarding Congressman Markey's new bill the e-KNOW Act to allow electricity customers to have access to Smart Meter data.

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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

November 2013 Monthly Meeting

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.

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February 2014 Monthly Meeting

March 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 Meeting

January 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 Meeting

November 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 Meeting

September 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 Meeting

July 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

Privacy.org headlines

President Obama Renews Unlawful, Ineffective Surveillance Authority (March 29, 2014)

Fandago and Credit Karma Settle FTC Charges for Weak App Security (March 28, 2014)

Senator Leahy Urges President to End NSA Record Collection Program on Friday (March 27, 2014)

Deadline Approaches for End of NSA's Telephone Record Collection Program (March 24, 2014)

White House Updates Privacy Policy, Maintains Anonymous Access But Also Data Retention (March 24, 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)

EPIC Updates Facebook Complaint, Urges Careful Review of WhatsApp Acquisition (March 21, 2014)

Google Admits to Data-Mining Student Emails (March 19, 2014)