Category: Authorized Agent

Introducing OSIRAA, a Test Suite for the Data Rights Protocol

Today the Innovation Lab is thrilled to launch a new testing app for the Data Rights Protocol: OSIRAA v0.5. The app is available on GitHub and ready for collaborators to use. OSIRAA stands for Open Source Implementers' Reference of an Authorized Agent. Members of the DRP consortium can use this app to test their implementation of the Data Rights Protocol,

An early look at how companies handle CCPA requests submitted by Authorized Agents

Under state laws like the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), consumers finally have a right to control what happens with their data. Under CCPA, consumers can enlist an authorized agent to help them exercise these rights, granting the agent authority to submit data requests to companies on their behalf. Consumer Reports believes privacy is a right all consumers deserve, and

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.

On authorized agents: Recommendations to California privacy regulators from Consumer Reports

From The Consumer Reports Digital Lab Team ( Who should read this? This writing is aimed at California regulators, the CA Privacy Protection Agency, and other states with authorized representative provisions in their privacy laws. If you’re not that audience, you may be interested in an overview of this research or our recommendations for covered businesses. Summary In Fall 2021,

A Dreamboat Authorized Agent Process

In fall 2021, Consumer Reports Digital Lab launched a study to understand more about the data rights provided to consumers under the California Consumer Privacy Act. As an authorized agent, we learned a lot about how to send data access requests on behalf of consumers. Our team and our fearless volunteers saw success and challenges during this process. Lots of emails

Opportunity: R&D Program Support

We’re seeking a professional with great communication skills and a passion for privacy to join the Digital Lab team on a short-term contract basis. This is a good opportunity for an early career technologist who wants to work on an experimental product, or a mid- or late- career professional looking to get experience in public interest technology for the first

Opportunity: Freelance Engineering Support – Permission Slip

We’re seeking a full stack software engineer with an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for privacy to provide contract engineering support to the Digital Lab team. This is a remote opportunity for a seasoned engineer who wants to work on an experimental product and cares about advancing digital rights in the United States. Scope: You will be supporting the closed

Watch CR’s Data Rights Roundtable co-hosted with the MIT Media Lab On October 19th, Consumer Reports co-hosted a virtual Data Rights Roundtable with MIT Media Lab to discuss an early draft of a data rights protocol that will create a standard method for consumers to exchange data requests with companies. You can view this virtual event here. We are inviting public review of our work to date. You can offer

Standardizing data rights requests with a common protocol

There is no standard way to exchange data rights requests under the law today. This means consumers need to contact companies and interact with them one by one to meaningfully control their data. Frequently consumers are asked to surface different types of information about themselves in these interactions with companies, which they say is dissatisfying and time-consuming. These barriers make

Helping consumers see their data with a CCPA data access agent

Last year, Consumer Reports launched an Authorized Agent pilot to help consumers stop the sale of their data by companies. The results inspired the continued development of authorized agents and a new pilot to help consumers retrieve copies of their data from companies.  [caption id="attachment_5207" align="aligncenter" width="852"] Image courtesy of Afsal and OpenIDEO’s Cybersecurity Visuals Challenge.[/caption] The California Consumer Privacy

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