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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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June 2014 Monthly Meeting

July 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 Meeting

May 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 Commissioner

May 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 Meeting

April 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 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

Privacy.org headlines

Congress Investigates Airline Privacy Practices (August 20, 2014)

Senator Schumer Calls On Regulators to Make Fitness Data Private (August 14, 2014)

Documents Obtained by EPIC Lawsuit Show NSA’s Internet Metadata Program Was Sharply Criticized By FISA Judges While Congressional Oversight Lagged for Years (August 12, 2014)

Federal Trade Commission Responds to EPIC Regarding Google Settlement (August 7, 2014)

EPIC Demands Report Detailing CIA's Surveillance of Congress (August 7, 2014)

Consumer Privacy Organizations Oppose Farcical Class Action Settlement (August 5, 2014)

EPIC Sues FBI for Missing Privacy Reports (August 1, 2014)

EPIC Seeks Information About Secret Surveillance Authority (August 1, 2014)

DC Circuit Rules for EPIC in Case Against NSA, Vacates Lower Court Ruling That Secret Order Is Not Subject to FOIA (July 31, 2014)

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