Started on staff: 2016
B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, University of Kansas
R.J. focuses on data privacy issues and the commercialization of personal data in the digital age. Her work ranges from consumer harms like scams and data breaches, to manipulative targeted advertising, to keeping kids safe online. In her work at Frontier Group, she has authored research reports on government transparency, predatory auto lending and consumer debt. Her work has appeared in WIRED magazine, CBS Mornings and USA Today, among other outlets. When she’s not protecting the public interest, she is an avid reader, fiction writer and birder.
Posts by R.J. Cross
Mastercard, don’t sell my data
Mastercard sees how much you spend, where and on what days - and it sells that information to companies you’ve never heard of.
How misinformation on social media has changed news
Misinformation that seems real - but isn’t - rapidly circulates through social media. The problem is only getting worse.
What the Barbie movie won’t tell you about Barbie’s past data privacy issues
With the new Barbie movie coming out, we're looking back at Mattel’s 2015 Hello Barbie privacy violations.
I deleted my Instagram as a teenager – here’s why
Instagram can be bad for teens, particularly young women. After requesting my data from Instagram, I could see why.