Category: Updates

Lab Notes: August 2022

FTC launches privacy rulemaking to provide privacy protections for Americans Earlier this month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced it is moving forward with privacy rulemaking to address the issue of excessive data collection and use of personal information in the absence of a federal privacy law. CR joined over 40 organizations last year calling on the Commission to issue a privacy

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

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

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

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

Lab notes: March 2022

Tech giants are pushing for weak privacy laws across the country As privacy legislation has stalled in Congress, giant tech companies are deploying a full court press to push states across the country to enact weak privacy legislation. In the past few years, California, Colorado, and Virginia have all passed laws of varying strength, California being the strongest. However, Utah’s governor just signed a

Lab Notes: February 2022

CR joins consortium to improve consumers’ cybersecurity CR recently joined the newly-formed Nonprofit Cyber Coalition, a first-of-its-kind alliance of 22 global nonprofit organizations that seek to raise awareness of cyber threats, help people protect their personal data, and work with public and private sector institutions to advance solutions for a safer digital world. Read the announcement of the Nonprofit Cyber

Lab notes: January 2022

CR praises bipartisan vote to advance the American Innovation and Choice Online Act The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance a bipartisan bill backed by CR that would begin to address the market power of tech giants. The bill will prohibit large platforms from discriminatory conduct that would harm competitors, creating more choice for consumers. Read more about our

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