December 2008

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Flash Cookies and Privacy

We are glad to read that Adobe is working with browser companies to incorporate Flash cookie controls into the current browser cookie controls. This is long overdue! Given that most consumers have no idea that Flash cookie controls exist or where to find them, companies should be very wary of using this type of cookie […]

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FPF Commends Yahoo Privacy Announcement

The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) applauds the Yahoo! announcement today that the company has sharpened its privacy practices with a new global data retention policy. FPF Co-chair Jules Polonetsky called for such steps last week in his blog posting. We are delighted to see a great example of advancing privacy in a business practical […]

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Marty Abrams

Congrats to Marty Abrams for being presented with the IAPP Vanguard Privacy Award. Marty has been an advisor to most of us in the privacy area and is a true thought leader. When I set up my first privacy advisory board about 9 years ago at DoubleClick, Marty was one of the people I turned […]

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Search Log Files – Ad Server Log Files

Microsoft has agreed with the Article 29 Working Party of EU data regulators that they will remove cookies and IP addresses from search data after 6 months, but only if Google and Yahoo also go along. We will comment further about this, but are already thinking about the next issue – ad server log file […]

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Pew on FaceBook Connect

Amanda Lenhart of Pew thinks FaceBook is off-base with plans for FaceBook Connect because of the complexity that will be added to the average user’s identity management desires. Perhaps we are extroverts, but we are optimistic that FaceBook will have done the work needed to make use of this extension of FaceBook into the rest […]

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Online Shoppers Carry Web Retailers' Baggage

Online Shoppers Carry Web Retailers’ Baggage San Francisco Chronicle By Deborah Gage November 28, 2008 Online shoppers bring to the hunt a lot of baggage from retailers. People who shop online share lots of information about themselves, even when they’re not buying anything, said Jules Polonetsky, the former chief privacy officer at AOL who now […]