* In a foreshadowing of what’s likely to be on everybody’s agenda in 2013, the FTC and members of Congress have been busy on the privacy front.

* Data Brokers: The Federal Trade Commission, the primary US consumer protection agency, announced [1] that it had issued orders to a set of data brokers for the purposes of understanding the extent to which their products and practices threaten individual privacy. The information gathered will be used as part of the basis for future regulations. The list of companies in receipt of the orders (Acxiom, Corelogic, Datalogix, eBureau, ID Analytics, Intelius, Peekyou, Rapleaf, and Recorded Future) overlaps with, but is not identical to, the list of companies from which Senator Jay Rockefeller had earlier requested similar information (See https://2018.biia.com/data-mining-practices-upsets-us-legislators).

*Childens’ Privacy: The FTC also announced [4] a set of amendments to children’s privacy rules under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which regulates digital products targeted at children under the age of 13, and requires parental consent for the gathering of personal information.

* Cyberstalking: Senator Al Franken, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, was successful in getting his subcommittee to approve a bill [6] that would prevent mobile applications from collecting geolocation information from users of smartphones and other mobile devices, or sharing it with third parties, without user consent.

To read the full story click on this link:  2013-01-07 Outsell Insights for January 7

Source:  Outsell Insight 1/7/2013 3:22:20 AM