Google and YouTube Are Invading Children's Privacy

On April 9, CCFC and the Center for Digital Democracy took a groundbreaking step to protect children’s privacy: We filed a Federal Trade Commission Complaint detailing how Google is breaking the law by collecting personal data from children on YouTube without parental consent. Our landmark complaint is supported by a coalition of 23 consumer and privacy groups. 

Alexa, what are you doing with kids' data?

A new CCFC investigation has revealed deeply troubling findings about Amazon’s Echo Dot Kids, including that Amazon keeps children’s data even after parents try to delete it. We’re calling on the FTC to investigate Amazon for this and other blatant violations of children’s privacy law – because parents, not Jeff Bezos, should be in charge of children’s data. Learn more about our findings, and Echo Dot’s privacy problems, here

Early Childhood Advocates Call On The Audacious Project to Reconsider Major Award for Online Preschool

Date of Release: 

Friday, April 12, 2019

Contact: 
David Monahan, CCFC: david@commercialfreechildhood.org; (617) 896-9397

Early Childhood Advocates Call On The Audacious Project to Reconsider Major Award for Online Preschool
A TED philanthropy project would widen educational inequality and deprive children of the hands-on preschool experiences they deserve.

It's happening: a new bill will ban targeted marketing to kids online.

This is the year we'll stop marketers from tracking and targeting children online.

Senators Ed Markey and Josh Hawley have just proposed the strongest restrictions on marketing to children in more than twenty years. Their bill – which we helped shaped – reads like a CCFC wish list. Among other things, our legislation would:

Our plan to protect children’s privacy

In the wake of a series of explosive scandals, it's widely expected that Congress will pass new privacy legislation in the coming year. Big Tech lobbyists are flooding Washington to water down any bills that might stop them from exploiting personal data for profit. But we'll be there too, as founding members of Privacy and Digital Rights for All, a coalition of powerful consumer and civil rights advocates calling for real, robust privacy laws.  

Press Briefing: Senators, Coalition Call for Sweeping National Digital Privacy Legislation

Date of Release: 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Contact: 
Mike Stankiewicz, mstankiewicz@citizen.org, (202) 588-7779
Jeff Chester jeff@democraticmedia.org (202) 494-7100

MEDIA ADVISORY
Press Briefing: Senators, Coalition Call for Sweeping National Digital Privacy Legislation
Experts to Demand Federal Action to Combat Growing Digital Consumer and Civil Rights Threats

It’s time to hold Facebook accountable

In January, it was revealed that Facebook knowingly defrauded children and their families out of millions of dollars by intentionally misleading children into making in-app purchases. The company referred to children who unintentionally spent thousands of dollars as “whales,” a casino industry term for high-rollers, and refused to refund unauthorized purchases. Not only did the company not refund these unauthorized charges, they encouraged them.

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