Tag: Privacy

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.

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

On Operating a Do Not Sell Authorized Agent Under CCPA

Consumer Reports became an authorized agent, submitted opt-out requests on behalf of California consumers — and learned a lot. [caption id="" align="aligncenter"]Image courtesy of Bronney Hui and OpenIDEO’s Cybersecurity Visuals Challenge[/caption] The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is the nation’s first comprehensive commercial privacy law and it extends important new data rights to consumers. That said, it can take people an extraordinary

CR Digital Lab Investigates Privacy Practices of Mental Health Apps

Today, we’re sharing our findings from a comparative privacy evaluation of seven mental health apps. You can read the full report here. Why did we focus on the privacy practices of mental health apps? These apps are a growing industry and the impacts of COVID-19 have negatively affected many people’s mental health — creating barriers for access to help cope with mental

Help the Digital Lab Chart the Future of Consumers’ Data Rights

Image courtesy of Rebecca Wang and OpenIDEO’s Cybersecurity Visuals Challenge This fall, Consumer Reports’ reporting revealed that the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) isn’t yet working for consumers. Next, the Digital Lab started to explore if privacy rights granted by the CCPA would be easier to use if we did the legwork. We want consumers to have meaningful control over

Opportunity: Research Assistant / R&D Program Support

NOTE: This position has been filled. However, research positions pop up frequently at the Lab and we’re always interested in hearing from talented researchers! Reach out and introduce yourself digitallab@cr.consumer.org. We’re seeking a researcher with great communication skills to join the Digital Lab team on a contract basis. This is a good opportunity for an early career technologist who wants

Big Tech’s thirst for data hurts vulnerable groups most affected by COVID

March may seem like a distant memory, but it was just a few months ago that the United States was first confronted with the realities of the global coronavirus pandemic. As health experts, government leaders, and citizens struggled to understand the scope and severity of the rapidly growing pandemic, Verily, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet, launched an ambitious

Putting the CCPA into Practice: Piloting a CR Authorized Agent

Image courtesy of Afsal CMK and OpenIDEO’s Cybersecurity Visuals Challenge Consumer Reports wants to help consumers meaningfully exercise their data rights, which is why we’re exploring emergent, consumer-facing services now possible under the CCPA. This year the nation’s first comprehensive commercial privacy law, The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) went into effect. For the first time, California residents have the

Moving Beyond Consent Models in Privacy Legislation

  A few weeks ago, Public Knowledge convened a panel discussion: How Do We Move Beyond Consent Models in Privacy Legislation? This event featured keynote speaker Senator Sherrod Brown (@SenSherrodBrown) on the following panel including: Sara Collins, Policy Counsel at Public Knowledge @SNolanCollins Yosef Getachew, Director for Media & Democracy Program at Common Cause @ygetachew2 Nathalie Marechal, Senior Policy Analyst

Reproductive Health Apps: A Digital Standard Case Study

Source: Consumer Reports — What Your Period Tracker Knows About You Over the past few years, the Digital Lab evaluated and test a number of products and services informed by criteria, indicators and testing processes from the Digital Standard. To bring more transparency to the Digital Standard, we are launching a series of case studies aimed to highlight examples that will help clarify:

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