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Hearings

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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Campaigns

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 2015 Monthly Meeting

Department of Justice Inspector General, Michael Horowitz joined the Privacy Coalition on November 20. Mr. Horowitz oversees the Office of Inspector General, which is a statutorily created independent entity that provides oversight of Department of Justice employees and programs. The Inspector General discussed the recent reports his office has worked on and the priorities for the office moving forward.

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The Privacy Coalition is a nonpartisan coalition of consumer, civil liberties, educational, family, library, labor, and technology organizations that have agreed to the Privacy Pledge. Members of the coalition have been meeting since 1995, but formalized the organization in February 2001. View a list of member organizations.

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November 2015 Monthly Meeting

November 20, 2015

Department of Justice Inspector General, Michael Horowitz joined the Privacy Coalition on November 20. Mr. Horowitz oversees the Office of Inspector General, which is a statutorily created independent entity that provides oversight of Department of Justice employees and programs. The Inspector General discussed the recent reports his office has worked on and the priorities for the office moving forward.

Posted by Jeramie D. Scott on November 20, 2015

October 2015 Monthly Meeting

October 19, 2015

Professor Shoshana Zuboff joined the Privacy Coalition on October 19. Professor Zuboff, named the "true prophet of the information age" by the Financial Times, is the Charles Edward Wilson Professor emerita at Harvard Business School. She joined the Privacy Coalition to discuss her work on " surveillance capitalism" and upcoming book, Master or Slave? The Fight for the Soul of Our Information Civilization.

Posted by Jeramie D. Scott on October 19, 2015

September 2015 Monthly Meeting

September 30, 2015

Dr. Frederik Borgesuis joined the Privacy Coalition on September 30. Dr. Borgesuis is a researcher at the Institute for Information Law of the University of Amsterdam. He researches profiling, privacy, data protection law, freedom of expression, and discrimination. He joined the Privacy Coalition to discuss his ongoing research into online price discrimination.

Posted by Jeramie D. Scott on September 30, 2015

July 2015 Monthly Meeting

July 24, 2015

Ambassador Daniel Sepulveda joined the Privacy Coalition on July 10. Ambassador Sepulveda serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and the U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy in the State Department's Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. The Ambassador discussed security, encryption, and privacy as it relates to maintaining an open internet.

Also joining the Privacy Coalition in July was Assistant Secretary Lawrence Strickling, who serves as the Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Assistant Secretary Strickling joined the Privacy Coalition on July 24 to discuss the NTIA's recent privacy multistakeholder process on facial recognition and upcoming multistakeholder processes for drones and cybersecurity. He also discussed the current state of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Posted by Jeramie D. Scott on July 24, 2015

March 2015 Monthly Meeting

March 27, 2015

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.

Posted by Jeramie D. Scott on March 27, 2015

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