The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) today announced the establishment of the Martin H. Bosworth Memorial Advocacy Fund, made possible by an initial donation from James R. Hood, founder and former CEO of ConsumerAffairs.com. Bosworth was the managing editor of the site at the time of his death in 2010.
“Martin Bosworth was passionate about protecting consumers’ privacy rights, as are we,” said Marc Rotenberg, president and executive director of EPIC, a Washington, D.C., non-profit that works to protect privacy, freedom of expression, democratic values and to promote the Public Voice in decisions concerning the future of the Internet.
“This grant will help support our efforts before the Federal Trade Commission as we work to protect the privacy rights of American consumers,” said Rotenberg.
EPIC has brought successful complaints to the Federal Trade Commission concerning the business practices of Facebook, Google, Snapchat, and WhatsApp, among others.
EPIC recently filed an FTC complaint charging that Uber’s plans to track users and gather their contact list data is an unfair and deceptive trade practice. EPIC asked the FTC to halt the proposed changes.
It was exactly the kind of story Bosworth would have relished, Hood said.
“Martin was like a force of nature in his zealous reporting on behalf of consumers,” he said. “He was an outstanding researcher and reporter and a powerful champion of consumers’ need and right to enjoy secure and private transactions in all areas of their lives.”
Bosworth was 35 when he died at his home in Los Angeles in February 2010.