Published: November 2018

Advocates set the bar for upcoming discussion on privacy legislation

Coalition: Privacy Now

34 civil rights, consumer, and privacy organizations join in releasing public interest principles for privacy legislation, because the public needs and deserves strong and comprehensive federal legislation to protect their privacy and afford meaningful redress. The set of principles provides the bare minimum privacy protections advocates want codified in any comprehensive data privacy bill Congress considers.

Irresponsible data practices lead to a broad range of harms, including discrimination in employment, housing, healthcare, and advertising. They also lead to data breaches and loss of individuals’ control over personal information. Existing enforcement mechanisms fail to hold data processors accountable and provide little-to-no relief for privacy violations. The set of public interest privacy principles released by the coalition include giving consumers more control over their own data and making it easier to sue internet giants in court over violations.

Other Organizations

Access Humboldt | Access Now | Berkeley Media Studies Group | Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood | Center for Democracy & Technology | Center for Digital Democracy | Center for Media Justice | Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law | Color of Change | Common Cause | Common Sense Kids Action | Consumer Action | Consumer Federation of America | Consumers Union | Customer Commons | Demand Progress | Free Press Action Fund | Human Rights Watch Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law | Media Alliance | Media Mobilizing Project | National Association of Consumer Advocates | National Consumer Law Center | National Consumers League | National Digital Inclusion Alliance | National Hispanic Media Coalition | New America’s Open | Technology Institute | Oakland Privacy | Open MIC (Open Media and Information Companies Initiative) | Privacy Rights Clearinghouse | Public Citizen | Public Knowledge | U.S. PIRG | United Church of Christ, OC Inc.

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Click here to read the privacy principles.

For more information, please visit Consumer Action.

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