News, Press, and Media
Facial recognition — Pam Dixon of WPF testified at the FTC’s Facial Recognition workshop, speaking on a panel about the policy implications of facial recognition technology. The World Privacy Forum’s report on Digital Signage was mentioned several times at the hearing, as were the collaborative consumer protection principles the WPF led.
Pam Dixon maintained a long-standing weekly tech segment on ClearChannel for many years. (Monterey Bay, Salinas, Santa Cruz). Many of the discussions revolved around privacy. If you would like links, headlines, and information related to the weekly broadcasts, check or follow Pam Dixon’s Facebook page, where updates are posted.
Medical ID theft update — The World Privacy Forum is quoted in a Marketplace story regarding our most recent medical identity theft research. WPF wrote the first major research on medical ID theft and coined the term. Our consumer resources for detecting, preventing, and resolving the crime are located here.
Data Broker Settlement — In April 2009, the World Privacy Forum sent the FTC a complaint regarding a lack of online opt-outs for consumers at some online data broker web sites. Our complaint focused on the difficulties online consumers would have opting out of certain web sites. In our complaint, we noted that online consumers were having difficulties with the opt outs. Today the FTC issued a final decision in this matter, and specifically improved online opt outs for consumers at US Search.
TACD — The World Privacy Forum participated in the Trans Atlantic Consumer Dialogue meetings in Brussels this June, and is pleased to announce that WPF is now a full member of the TACD. The TACD is a network of 80 EU and U.S. consumer organizations that develop joint consumer policy recommendations for the EU and U.S. in an effort to promote the consumer interest in transatlantic policymaking.