Lab Notes: July 2022

Scrutiny on VPNs: deceptive data practices and marketing claims U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo and Senator Ron Wyden sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) urging regulators to address deceptive data practices by virtual private network (VPN) providers. The lawmakers cited research CR released last December which found that 75 percent of leading VPN providers misrepresented their products and technology, or

Identity Verification: Why it matters for consumer privacy (1 of 2)

When we get a driver’s license, start a job, open a bank account, or start some other thrilling administrative event, most of us know we need to bring some identification. We’re prepared for the small headache of providing phone numbers, maiden names, and digging up paper documents. This is identity verification, the process of proving that you are actually you.

Identity verification: flows we’ve seen in CCPA data requests (2 of 2)

Identity verification is a critical part of exercising most data rights. Are you requesting a copy of your purchase history, or did an identity thief make the request? In part one of this series, we defined identity verification, explained its role in privacy law, and summarized what California privacy regulation says about verification. In this post, we’ll highlight some of

Lab Notes: June 2022

CR’s hiring Code is law. CR is recruiting engineers, public interest technologists, and entrepreneurs to develop innovative new ways of serving consumers. See opportunities here. What does the overturn of Roe v. Wade mean for consumers? The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade raises urgent questions about how access to abortion varies across states and whether healthcare data is

New opportunities at CR

We're hiring! CR is recruiting engineers, public interest technologists, and entrepreneurs to develop innovative new ways of serving consumers. You’ll be joining a lean team that works openly and builds out the earliest, most experimental part of CR’s innovation pipeline. You’ll create and ship technologies that have a real impact on the marketplace, the law, and people’s lives. CR's work

Opportunity: Security Engineering Support – Data Rights Protocol

We’re seeking a security engineer with a passion for privacy to contract with the Digital Lab team. This is a remote consulting opportunity for a seasoned engineer who wants to work on an open standards project and cares about advancing digital rights in the United States.   Scope: You will be supporting the security development of the Data Rights Protocol.

Craig Newmark Philanthropies and Consumer Reports work to increase America’s cyber savvy

It’s been three years since CR launched the Digital Lab, with support from Craig Newmark Philanthropies and other generous donors. In that time, the Digital Lab has grown to 23 positions across CR, and we’re constantly innovating to protect and advance consumers’ interests. Today, we are announcing that Craig is doubling down on his support of CR, with a $5m

Lab notes: May 2022

Consumer Reports teams up with Craig Newmark Philanthropies to launch new cybersecurity initiative Earlier this year, Craig Newmark Philanthropies announced a $50m commitment to strengthen the nation’s cybersecurity. Today, CR announced a new $5m grant from Newmark to expand access to cybersecurity guidance and tools. The announcement marks three years since CR launched the Digital Lab, also with support from

First End-to-End Test of Draft Data Rights Protocol Completed Successfully

Yesterday Ethyca, Incogni, and Consumer Reports’ Digital Lab successfully conducted the first live end-to-end interoperability test of the Data Rights Protocol.  The Data Rights Protocol (DRP) is a technical standard for exchanging data rights requests under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). First announced at an MIT Media Lab in October 2021, the protocol is being co-developed by a consortium of

Lab notes: April 2022

Craig Newmark Philanthropies is partnering with CR and other groups to educate and protect Americans from growing cybersecurity threats Earlier this month, Craig Newmark Philanthropies announced a “cyber civil defense” plan dedicated to educating and protecting Americans from escalating cybersecurity threats. This effort will contribute $50 million to a diverse coalition of organizations, including CR. Stay tuned for more news from CR

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