The free flow of data is essential to an ever-growing segment of the global economy. Yet some policymakers and advocates, citing privacy concerns, have called for shutting off the faucet and restricting data flow, to the detriment of European consumers and European businesses, both small and large. After much debate, a major European court opinion, and at least one act of Congress to address the issue, a solution is at hand that will enhance real, enforceable privacy protections on both sides of the Atlantic.
Today, the White House released a report titled, “Big Data and Differential Pricing.” The report examines the concern that companies will use the consumer information they collect to more effectively charge different prices to different customers. While it finds that there are substantive concerns about differential pricing in the era of Big Data, it concludes that “many of [these concerns] can be addressed by enforcing existing antidiscrimination, privacy, and consumer protection laws.” The report also calls for increased transparency into how companies use and trade their data as a way to promote competition and better inform consumer choice.
On April 28, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature, issued draft amendments to the 1993 Law of Consumer Rights and Interests highlighting China’s new initiative to address longstanding issues related to e-commerce fraud and illegal disclosures of consumer information. The draft amendments, which were open for public comment until May 31, 2013, aim to reform China’s 20-year-old consumer protection law, with almost half of the clauses in the current law being amended to cover e-commerce.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a Public Notice seeking comment on a Petition for Expedited Clarification and Declaratory Ruling (Petition) filed by Global Tel*Link Corporation (Global Tel) regarding its outbound calling practices. The Petition raises several key issues under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and related FCC rules, including whether certain calls (e.g., […]