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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

November 2013 Monthly Meeting

Commissioner Maureen K. Ohlhausen of the Federal Trade Commission joined the Privacy Coalition to discuss the consumer privacy related work of the FTC including the FTC's recent workshop on the Internet of Things and her remarks at the workshop. Rachel Levinson-Waldman, Counsel to the Brennan Center's Liberty and National Security Program discussed her recent report, What the Government Does with American's Data. Pam Dixon, Executive Director of World Privacy Forum, provided an update on the comments her organization submitted to National Institutes of Health regarding the agency's draft genomic data sharing policy. David Jacobs, EPIC Consumer Protection Counsel, updated the group on Facebook's change to its Data Use Policy.

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February 27, 2020

February 2013 Monthly Meeting

Helen Goff Foster, Director for Privacy Civil Liberties with the National Security Staff of the White House briefed the Coalition on the Cyber-security Executive Order and Public Policy Director recently adopted by the Administration. Prior to the meeting Jay Stanley with the ACLU the Vice Chair of the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG) provided a briefing on the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyber Space and the need for civil society organizations to register as official members of the committee. Stephen Buckner, Director and Steve Jost, Associate Director for Communications Census provided a briefing on how the agency is working to make data more usable and available to the public. Peter Pietra, Privacy Officer, Transportation Security Administration Department of Homeland Security spoke on the topic Secure Flight and TSA Risk Based Screening. Malavika Jayaram, Visiting Scholar at the Annenberg School for Communication University of Pennsylvania discussed India's Identity Crisis: Biometrics or Bust? Dr. Katherine Albrecht with CASPIAN outlined the Campaign Against RFID Chips on Student IDs.

Posted by EPIC at February 27, 2020 10:51 AM