Category: Data rights

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.

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

Three Speculative Futures for Consumer Data

Image by Iris Lei for Popular Science How might we change the way our data is used so that we, as consumers, have more choice in building our future? While this is a fundamental driver of the Digital Lab’s work, it can be difficult to visualize all the ways that novel uses of consumer data could transform our lives. But

Findings from helping 104 consumers access their own data from companies

"Cyber Specialists" by Khahn Tran is licensed under CC BY 4.0Companies collect and store a lot of data about us. Aren’t you curious about what they know? Seeing the data that companies have about us can help us make better choices about our privacy, discover and correct errors that impact our experience or identity, make sense of our experiences online, identify weak

Data Rights Protocol and Global Privacy Control

Consumer Reports’ Digital Lab recently announced the Data Rights Protocol (DRP), a cross-sector initiative that seeks to standardize data rights requests with a common protocol. This draft standard  streamlines and formalizes the components of a data rights request and is a missing piece of the privacy stack; such a protocol would allow for more consistency and efficiency for both consumers

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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