The Economic Standard: Proposition 24 Will Harm Growth and Innovation

Proposition 24 is a ballot initiative that California’s voters will decide on in November, and it seeks to expand the previously passed California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. If passed, Prop. 24 would limit the information that technology companies can collect by imposing onerous new regulations, such as forcing companies to openly disclose what information is […]

Inside Sources: The U.S. Needs a Federal Data Protection and Privacy Law — Don’t Look to California

When it became effective on January 1, 2020, CCPA gave consumers sweeping rights over the data companies hold onto, providing consumers the right to know what data businesses have collected as well as giving consumers the right to demand businesses delete data. Despite admirable intentions, CCPA has failed to strike a balance between protecting consumers’ rights and […]

The Economic Standard: Federal Data Privacy Laws Should Not Be a Secret

The significant discrepancies that exist among states with regards to data protection and privacy coupled with the failure of state legislatures to pass appropriate data protection and privacy laws highlights the need for the federal government to step and harmonize the inconsistent patchwork of state laws that govern consumer data protection and privacy. Passing a […]

Big Tech Needs to Outline its China Strategy

Last Wednesday afternoon, the CEOs of America’s largest tech companies faced a round of questioning from lawmakers in Washington, DC. While the hearings form part of an ongoing antitrust investigation, they risk overlooking how international actors, like unscrupulous Chinese entities, take advantage of American corporations and threaten consumers’ interests. In addition to questions about the […]

Postponing Federal Digital Privacy Legislation Will Backfire

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown, Americans are turning to technology more than ever. However, federal legislation addressing digital privacy protections has stalled in Congress. Comprehensive legislation needs to be passed to ensure consumers right to digital privacy. Many functions of everyday life that have been carried out in person have recently moved online. […]

Morning Consult: We Need to Stop Turning a Blind Eye on the Real Threat

We’ve been having essentially the same debate about who controls the internet for more than a decade now, and while we continue to have the same conversations, intervening events that threaten our security and democracy are becoming more rampant. A policy solution that deals with privacy and neutrality needs to be comprehensive and look at […]

ACI Statement Regarding Newly Introduced Facial Recognition Legislation

The following is a statement by Dr. Krisztina Pusok, Director of Research and Public Policy, regarding the Senate Bill 2878, also cited as the Facial Recognition Technology Warrant Act of 2019: ”The American Consumer Institute applauds the introduction of the Facial Recognition Technology Warrant Act of 2019 (S. 2878) sponsored by Senator Lee and Senator […]

Study: Addressing Privacy and Security Concerns with Distributed Tech without Impeding Innovation

In May 2018, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) published a warning notifying that Russian computer hackers had compromised hundreds of thousands of home and office routers and could collect user information or shut down network traffic. The Bureau then urged the owners of several brands of routers to turn them off and on again, and […]

ICYMI: Consumer Protections Wins and Fails: Tech 1.0

If you missed part one of our new webinar series you can watch it HERE now. On Tuesday, we gathered leading policy experts to tackle some of the toughest issues facing consumers in tech policy. Panelists discussed how future consumer protections are shaping up, from privacy legislation and what to do about robocalls, to the […]