As part of its new “Take Back Your Privacy” privacy initiative, CDT has launched a Privacy Complaint Tool to facilitate consumers filing complaints with the Federal Trade Commission about web sites or products or services that they believe are violating privacy.
CDT’s Privacy Complaint Tool makes it easy for you to file a consumer privacy complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) — and to tell your friends so that they can be wary of that company or file their own complaints.
If you add their Privacy Complaint Tool bookmarklet to your bookmarks bar, you can simply click on the bookmarklet and then fill out the form that opens in a new window. The tool gives you a choice of filing a complaint with the FTC or sharing it with your friends via Twitter, Facebook, Digg, or email.
The tool does not directly submit your complaint to the FTC, however. According to CDT’s description:
If you choose to file your complaint with the FTC, it will be added to a database maintained by CDT. Approximately once each month, we will transfer collected complaints to the FTC. We are working with the FTC to streamline the process and automate the transfer.
All complaints that are shared with the FTC are placed in the Consumer Sentinel Network, a non-public online database that is used by thousands of civil and criminal law enforcement authorities worldwide. The FTC does not bring individual lawsuits; it may use your complaints as a starting point in investigations of companies that are regularly violating consumer privacy.
- If you share your complaint on Facebook, Twitter, or Digg, you will be taken off of CDT’s Web site and on to the appropriate social networking site(s). This will not result in cookies being placed on your computer by our Web site, but may result in cookies being placed by the social networking site(s). None of the information you provide when you log in to the social networking site(s) is transmitted to or logged by CDT.