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Congressional Hearing on Employment Verification

The House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on employment verification. Several hearings have be held by the committee on the proposal to create a mandatory national government employment eligibility system. The current private sector system is voluntary.

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Privacy Rulemaking

Coalition Calls for Transparency in Public Consumer Database

In comments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, over 40 public interest organizations urged the Bureau to publish consumer complaint narratives. The Bureau currently publishes limited complaint information on financial products and services, including debt collection and credit reports. The Bureau is now considering a plan to provide consumer perspectives on experiences with the financial industry. The consumer groups support this effort and also recommend obtaining consumer consent and removing personally identifiable information before posting the complaints.

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Privacy Legislation

President Pushes Consumer Privacy Forward

The President announced that he will move forward the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, a model framework for federal consumer privacy legislation.

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Coalition Members Promote Consumer Privacy Protection

Fifteen Privacy Coalition members representing millions of consumers and Internet users, sent a letter to the Senate Commerce Committee urging Congress to do more to protect consumer information. "Consumers today face an unfair choice: either stay offline and ignore the benefits of new technology, or plug in and run extraordinary risks to privacy and security," they wrote. "It shouldn't be this way. Consumers are more concerned about the privacy threat from big business than from big government," the letter continues. The coalition, which includes the American Civil Liberties Union, Center for Digital Democracy, Consumer Action, Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, Consumer Watchdog, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Electronic Privacy Information Center, National Consumers League, Privacy Activism, Patient Privacy Rights Foundation, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, Privacy Times, U.S. PIRG, and World Privacy Forum, argues that current privacy laws are inadequate, and that industry self-regulation has failed, as evidenced by millions of records compromised in data breaches.

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Coalition Meetings

March 2015 Monthly Meeting

R. David Edelman, the Senior Advisor for Internet, Innovation, and Privacy for the White House, joined the Privacy Coalition on March 27. Mr. Edelman discussed the recent privacy initiatives of the Obama Administration, including the recently released discussion draft of the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act. Mr. Edelman is responsible for policy development on issues related to the digital economy, including online privacy and Internet governance.

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April 30, 2020

April 2012 Privacy Coalition Meeting

Laura K. Donohue, Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown Law spoke on the topic of biometrics and surveillance in public spaces. The amount of data individuals are sharing through social networking applications and platforms is finding it way to secondary uses such as facial recognition. How the use of this data may change the dynamics between citizens and government is not clear, what is understood is that consumers are sharing information under one set of expectations while their information is being used much more broadly. Robert Ellis Smith, publisher of the Privacy Journal, provided a report on credit reports and their influence on hiring practices, as well as brief the Coalition on State privacy legislative trends. Aaron Titus Introduced Identity Finder. Tom Kowalick, IEEE Committee on Automobile Black Box Recorders: Seeking support for a White House Petition. Currently a bill pending in Congress (MAP-21 Section 31406) and a regulation (49 CFR 563) pending at the Office of Budget and Management would mandate that "beginning with model year 2015, new passenger vehicles sold in the United States [will] be equipped with an event data recorder(EDR)."

Posted by EPIC at April 30, 2020 3:29 PM