Uber Enters FTC Consent Decree Over Failure to Protect Consumer Data

In 2014, press reports revealed that Uber employees improperly accessed riders’ personal information using an internal company tool called the “God View.”  To respond to the controversy, Uber posted this statement on its site:   Uber has a strict policy prohibiting all employees at every level from accessing a rider or driver’s data. The only…

FCC Adopts ISP Privacy Rules

In pushing through new privacy rules governing ISPs, FCC Chairman Wheeler stressed It is the consumer’s information. It is not the information of the network the consumer hires to deliver that information.  The consumer has the right to make a decision about how her or his information is used. Opt-In v Opt-Out The new rules,…

FCC Launches Privacy Rulemaking

FCC Launches Privacy Rulemaking A proposal to commence rulemaking on internet service providers’ privacy  obligations was approved 3-2 by the Federal Communications Commission last week.  FCC Chairman Wheeler explained that the rules were needed because A consumer’s relationship with her ISP is very different than the one she has with a website or app. Consumers…

Uber Reeling From Privacy Scandal

Uber Reeling From Privacy Scandal Part 1: The Uber Dark Side San Francisco based Uber has been the poster-child of the sharing economy.  In five years it has grown to service  200 cities in 45 countries and the privately-held Uber has a valuation of $18.2 billion. As Uber has grown, so have negative news reports questioning its practices…

Cal AG Harris is Promoting Greater Privacy Awareness Among Tech Sector With Privacy Guides

Cal AG Harris is Promoting Greater Privacy Awareness Among Tech Sector With Privacy Guides As California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ first term comes to a close, she has given online privacy a greater priority than any of her predecessors.  Among the steps she has taken during her first term are: Securing a deal with leading app…