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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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October 9, 2020

June 2012 Privacy Coalition Meeting

Our guest speaker was Maneesha Mithal, FTC Associate Director of the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, Bureau of Consumer Protection Ed Felten FTC Technology Director (by phone) to discuss the agency's work on Do-Not-Track. We also had a briefing from Jeff Chester, President of Center for Digital Democracy, Lee Tien with EFF and John Simpson with Consumer Watchdog on the work of the W3C on Do-Not-Track. David Bruggeman, Senior Public Policy Analyst with the Association for Computing Machinery provided an update on the NTIA's First Privacy Multi-Stakeholder Meeting. The Coalition also heard from Nicole M. Austin-Hillery, Director and Counsel for the Washington Office The Brennan Center for Justice New York University School of Law on the status of Strict Voter ID and Election Protection efforts. There were updates from Robert Ellis Smith, Publisher of Privacy Journal on Rhode Island Senate bill 2386 on the SSN, Credit Bureau and ID Theft bill's passage, and Sharon Bradford Franklin, Senior Counsel, The Constitution Project on the status of Senate confirmation of the Chair for the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Protection Board. The members of the Board have been confirmed, but the Chair is the only full time Board member and is essential to the Board becoming operational. The meeting wrapped up with a presentation by John Villasenor visiting the Brookings Institution and a faculty member at UCLA on the topic of data storage trends and Ubiquitous Surveillance.

Posted by EPIC at October 9, 2020 2:09 PM