EConsumer.Gov: Improved and updated multi-national consumer complaint website

At the World Privacy Forum, consumers frequently approach us and ask us where they can complain about privacy and security issues. It is not unusual for us to hear about issues like online scams and phishing schemes that cross country borders. The website is designed to help consumers with exactly these sorts of issues. The

WPF joins US PIRG and NCLC in letter of concern re: data breach

The World Privacy Forum joined the US PIRG, the National Consumer Law Center and other signatories in a joint letter to the US Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regarding the recent Experian data security breach. The letter asks key questions about the breach, and requests the FTC and CFPB to assist

WPF files comments on new FERPA student health privacy guidance

The World Privacy Forum filed comments to the US Department of Education regarding its student health privacy guidance published August 18, 2015. The World Privacy Forum supports the DoE guidance, which clarifies how universities and colleges are to handle sensitive student medical records in cases of non-medical litigation. The guidance notes that educational institutions should

WPF joins amicus brief in Spokeo v Robins

The World Privacy Forum joined the Center for Democracy and Technology, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and New America’s Open Technology Institute in filing an amicus brief in Spokeo v. Robins. The brief urges the Supreme Court to preserve the right of individuals to file private claims for privacy violations of federal laws. The Supreme Court will hear the case

Fall 2015 Calendar Updates: WPF events and activities

WPF has a busy fall line-up of publications and presentations. Here are some highlights of upcoming events where WPF is presenting: 15 September, Washington DC: WPF is a panelist at the Biometrics Institute forum discussion on facial recognition. More here. 26 October, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: WPF is a commenter at the Privacy Law Scholar’s Conference.