Category: Updates

Data Rights Protocol: 2022 Year in Review

As we approach the end of the year, we’re excited to share some updates on the progress of the Data Rights Protocol (DRP) initiative in 2022. This year we released version 0.6 of the protocol and mapped out both conformance testing and interoperability roadmaps to reach version 1.0. Our latest release includes updates to the data model and begins to

Lab Notes: November 2022

We analyzed 22,000 consumer broadband bills and found that consumers are saddled with confusing bills, high prices, and lack of competitive choices CR recently unveiled findings of our massive study of 22,000 consumer broadband bills. The findings support what many consumer advocates have long argued: greater competition and choice leads to more affordable broadband options. “CR launched this initiative to

Introducing Permission Slip, the app to take back control of your data

Privacy is a right. This is a fact in many states, and it’s one of our fervent beliefs at Consumer Reports. But that doesn’t mean privacy is easy. Anyone who’s tried to make their digital life more private knows how much effort it requires. We create data in nearly every interaction we have with companies. Keeping track and chasing after

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,

Lab Notes: October 2022

Consumer Reports and the Aspen Institute release new cybersecurity report To kick off Cybersecurity Awareness Month, CR and the Aspen Institute teamed up to release the Consumer Cyber Readiness Report. The new report, which includes nationally representative survey results of more than 2,000 US adults, revealed progress in consumer behaviors that enhance cybersecurity and highlights where continued progress is needed. Read

Lab Notes: September 2022

Buyer Aware: Consumer Reports releases new book on consumer power Last week, Buyer Aware, CR's playbook for consumer power was officially released. You can click here to learn more about the book and its digital resource website that shows consumers how to make their time online safer and push for rule changes that require fairness in the digital world. Opting out of cookies may

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

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