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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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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 2015 Monthly Meeting

Department of Justice Inspector General, Michael Horowitz joined the Privacy Coalition on November 20. Mr. Horowitz oversees the Office of Inspector General, which is a statutorily created independent entity that provides oversight of Department of Justice employees and programs. The Inspector General discussed the recent reports his office has worked on and the priorities for the office moving forward.

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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.

Member Organizations

American Association of Christian Schools
American Association of Law Libraries
American Conservative Union
American Library Association
American Civil Liberties Union
American Policy Center
Association for Computing Machinery
Bill of Rights Defense Committee
Brennan Center
Center for Digital Democracy
Center for Media Justice
Commercial Alert
Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism
Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility
Consumer Action
Consumer Federation of America
Consumer Task Force for Automotive Issues
Consumers Union
Consumer Watchdog
Council for Responsible Genetics
Eagle Forum
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Electronic Privacy Information Center
Free Congress Foundation
Home School Legal Defense Association
Identity Theft Action Council
Institute for Global Communications
International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW)
Liberty Coalition
Knowledge Ecology International
Media Access Project
National Center for Transgender Equality
National Consumers League
National Rifle Association
National Workrights Institute
Net Action
Owners-Operators Independent Drivers Association
Patient Privacy Rights
Privacy Foundation
Privacy International
Privacy Journal
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
Privacy Times
Survivors In Action
Traditional Values Coalition
U.S. Public Interest Research Group
World Privacy Forum