From time to time, you may encounter a Web site or an Internet-based product or service or an offline company that you believe is violating your 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.
Add CDT’s Privacy Complaint Tool bookmarklet to your bookmarks bar. Then, whenever you discover a Web site, an application or another product or service that you believe is violating your privacy, click on the bookmarklet. Fill out the form that opens in a new window and choose to file your complaint with the FTC or to share it with friends via Twitter, Facebook, Digg, or email.
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.
So add the bookmarklet and join CDT in spreading the word about unfair violations of your privacy!
To install the tool, simply drag the button below to the Bookmarks Toolbar in your browser. Whenever you come across a site you feel does not have adequate privacy protections, simply click the bookmark and the tool will pop up.