Changing Tactics: The Rise of the Privacy Advocates
PRIVACY—U.S.September 25, 2013
In September, Facebook announced it would delay planned changes to its privacy policies. The announcement followed pressure from six major consumer privacy groups—EPIC, the Center for Digital Democracy, Consumer Watchdog, Patient Privacy Rights, U.S. PIRG and the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse—that said the changes would make it easier for Facebook to use users' data for advertising and other purposes. The coalition asked the Federal Trade Commission to block the changes, alleging they would violate a 2011 settlement with the commission. In this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor, experts discuss the ways in which privacy advocates have become increasingly politically savvy and strategic in achieving their goals.