Category: Privacy

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

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.

Designing a privacy policy for a privacy app

Image courtesy of Afsal and OpenIDEO’s Cybersecurity Visuals Challenge Consumers have privacy rights under the law, but it can be pretty hard to use them. CR research has shown just how many obstacles consumers face when they try to use state privacy laws to their advantage. The process needs to be easier. Permission Slip is our answer. It’s the app

Operation Dog Spit

This post shares some background on the challenges of testing direct to consumer DNA products, and how we met these challenges. One of the quandaries of privacy testing is that the process of testing often requires the tester to sacrifice privacy in order to run the test. This conundrum cannot always be ethically solved by creating a fake account --

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXi6uA6ETbw 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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