Sideloading: Why is Congress Risking Consumer Security?

Every day, millions of American consumers will download mobile applications from either Apple’s App Store or the Google Play store. These applications, or apps for short, allow consumers to do everything from play games to purchase stocks. Despite the immense benefits these stores provide consumers, lawmakers in Washington D.C. and in statehouses across the country […]

As Congress Stalls on Data Privacy, Americans Lose Out

2022 promised great things for data privacy. High-profile cyberattacks and a bipartisan consensus that Congress ought to act had commentators predicting a federal data standard was a real possibility. However, political headwinds, midterms, and other priorities have conspired against such a standard, and prospects now appear remote. Unfortunately, Americans lose out without a unified federal […]

2022: The Year of Data Privacy?

Throughout 2021, the issue of data privacy became one of the central legislative questions facing lawmakers in Washington and state legislatures across the country. Data breaches at UC San Diego Health, Volkswagen and Audi, Facebook, and Robinhood raised public concern about how private companies and government agencies (mis)handle sensitive consumer information such as email addresses, […]

Town Hall: Federal Government Needs to Act to Protect Consumers’ Data

Increasingly, state legislatures have been considering bills that seek to enhance protection of consumers’ data. These actions are filling the void left by the federal government, as currently there is no comprehensive federal data privacy law. Instead, data privacy is governed by industry specific legislation such as the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. […]

FORBES: The CLOUD Act Is Up For Vote and What It Means for Consumers

Can the U.S. government issue a legal warrant to require a U.S. company to retrieve overseas digital communications from its foreign customers? As consumer information increasingly resides in the cloud, overseas or domestically, and in various electronic forms, establishing what access the government should have to private communications and how the government should work with its […]

Your Privacy and Compulsively Curious Federal Agencies

The National Security Agency (NSA), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and the Treasury routinely collect detailed information about Americans’ activities, communications and financial status.  The scale and scope of information government keeps on us is outrageous and dangerous.    Edward Snowden’s revelation confirmed that NSA stores metadata on our domestic phone calls and has technically […]