June 2009

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Privacy Help Wanted

    The Future of Privacy Forum is seeking two legal, policy or technology fellows to join our think tank.  You will be involved with leading edge work at the center of the privacy debates and will work on issues ranging from behavioral advertising and social media issues to the smart grid and identity management.  […]

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Targeted Advertising Cookie Opt-Out (TACO) On A Roll

Privacy activist and technologist Chris Soghoian has updated his TACO opt-out plug-in to include 44 additional ad networks.  Users who download TACO  automatically get opt-out cookies from 84 ad networks, cookie tracking companies and others offering an opt-out cookie.  Importantly, this opt-out sticks even if users inadvertently delete opt-out cookies. Since we well know that […]

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The Political Ad Practice Insiders Want to Keep Secret – ClickZ

My cookie says I am a moderate Democrat soccer dad who is a “triple prime” voter. (Look it up, if you’re not a political geek like me).  Folks who are paying attention to the privacy issues around behavioral advertising are very focused on ads targeted based on the Web sites you have visited.  But, in […]

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Barking Robot: News Flash: Teens Don't Give a Twit About Twitter

It seems that there is a consensus that teens do not twitter, preferring less public venues such as Facebook status updates and phone texting.  See they do care about privacy – they dont intend to blast their info to complete strangers (followers) but rather just to all their pals or maybe their friends friends.  Detail […]

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De-identified data

Some thoughtful points today on de-identified health data from the team at CDT . See CDT | Policy Post 15.11, June 26, 2009.

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Dear John Letter

John Squire Chief Strategy Officer Coremetrics Dear John: Whassup? I read on the privacychoice blog that you take privacy seriously.  That is good to hear.  There is another Jon who like you takes privacy seriously.  He is at the FTC.   I think he might say that if you are helping your clients sell clickstream […]

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From Webtrends: Thoughts on Web 2.0 Cookie Transparency and Control

One analytics company, Webtrends,  speaks up about how the federal government can use cookies.  In a blog post and in a comment at the White House Open Government, site they make some sensible points about transparency and the use of first party domains.  The ideas echo some of the proposals we and CDT have previously […]