Posts Under: FTC

SIIA Comments on the Use of Data Analytics to Promote Social and Economic Opportunity

Today SIIA filed comments in the Federal Trade Commission’s Workshop on “Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?” The workshop was held on September 15 and usefully framed important developments in the use of data analytics for providing services to low income and underserved consumers and provided a forum for discussion of the possibility of unfair or discriminatory use of data analytics.

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Data Analytics in Education Promotes Social and Economic Opportunity

The recent FTC workshop “Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?” posed important questions on whether and how analytics could be used to restrict life chances for people rather than create economic and social opportunity.  The answer lies in the hands of the user of the technology, not in the technology itself.  The critical question is how people use, implement or otherwise act on the discoveries – the indicators, insights and evidence – that data analytics can uncover or reveal.

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SIIA Welcomes Administration’s Privacy and Big Data Report; Says Current Regulatory Framework Can Respond to Potential Problems

SIIA today responded to the release of the Administration’s Report on Privacy and Big Data.  SIIA welcomed the report’s assessment that big data provides substantial public benefits and will provide more benefits in the future.  The organization believes the current regulations are adequate to address potential concerns.

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Ohlhausen on Big Data and Consumer Harm

At today’s conference on Privacy Principles in the Era of Massive Data, co-sponsored by the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy and the Georgetown Law Center, Maureen K. Ohlhausen, Commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission, delivered a thoughtful keynote address on The Power of Data.

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SIIA Digital Policy Roundup: The FTC Takes Close Look at Native Advertising, Supreme Court Agrees to Review Software Patent Case

The FTC Takes Close Look at Native Advertising, Additional Guidance Likely On Dec. 4, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hosted a full day workshop to examine the blending of advertisements with news, entertainment, and other editorial content in digital media, referred to as “native advertising” or “sponsored content.” The workshop was titled “Blurred Lines,” highlighting the FTC’s concerns about the ability of users to distinguish editorial content from sponsored content. FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez identified the key focus of the workshop to explore whether industry self-regulation and best practices are working, to ensure that users are able to distinguish between paid and editorial content, and the retransmission and aggregation of native advertising and the various ways this is done.

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SIIA Digital Policy Roundup: FTC looks at Native Advertising, Patent Reform to the House Floor, DOC Launches Privacy discussions around facial recognition and SIIA opposes postal rate increases

FTC Takes Close Look at “Native Advertising” The Federal Trade Commission will host a workshop on Wednesday to examine the blending of advertisements with news, entertainment, and other editorial content in digital media, referred to as “native advertising” or “sponsored content.” The workshop will bring together publishing and advertising industry representatives, consumer advocates, academics, and self-regulatory organizations to explore: the ways in which sponsored content is presented to consumers online and in mobile apps; consumers’ recognition and understanding of it; the contexts in which it should be identifiable as advertising; and effective ways of differentiating it from editorial content. The workshop builds on previous Commission initiatives to help ensure that consumers can identify advertisements as advertising wherever they appear. This includes recent updates to the Search Engine Advertising guidance, the  ...

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In Advance of FTC Workshop, SIIA Says Policymakers Should Avoid Overarching Regulation that Could Stifle the Internet of Things

Policymakers and regulators should focus on solutions that help unleash the full potential of the Internet of Things (IoT). SIIA agrees with the FTC that privacy and security are critical to unleashing the full potential of the ‘The Internet of Things.’  But, given the convergence of myriad technologies, devices and platforms that comprise the Internet of Things, it simply isn’t practical to apply a comprehensive policy framework.

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