August 2009

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Facebook Addresses Canada's Privacy Commissioner Concerns

Several weeks ago the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, issued a comprehensive report about Facebook’s privacy policies and asked the company to address several privacy concerns they laid out or face imminent legal action. In response, Facebook announced today a series of changes that intended to address the concerns offered by the Commissioner. […]

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Dan Solove

Above the Law has an entertaining interview with FPF advisory board member Prof Dan Solove on the “skanks” case, as well as some background on his career.  Check it out here.

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New York Times on Government Use of Cookies:

Kudos to the New York Times for addressing the government’s use of cookies in an editorial in this morning’s paper . As the piece indicates, currently there is no ban in place which prevents a federal agency from using tracking devices, such as cookies. Unfortunately, it is an all or nothing policy, which allows agencies […]

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Massachusetts Tweaks Its Data Security Regs

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, home of the infamous 2007 TJX data security breach, is the first state to require detailed regulation over how personal data is secured. As an incubator of a new kind of law, it has found that getting the regs right is no easy task. The regs have been revised once already, […]

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Web Analysis, Behavioral Targeting and Advertising: Individual Visitors Tracking v/s Aggregate Data

http://webanalysis.blogspot.com/2009/08/individual-visitors-tracking-vs.html In our comments on the federal government’s request for input on the use of cookies, we made the point that for the purpose of Web site analytics use of data in the aggregate was quite sufficient. This discussion and debate between analytics industry experts from Google and Comscore provides some insight on the issues […]

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See how you are being seen

Steve Smith’s description of the DailyMe service puts it perfectly. “Transparency alone is not the right answer to the quandary over privacy and targeting. The users must not only feel in control but be able to see a real benefit from the technology”.

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TARGUSinfo "Online Lead Quality Summit"

Chris is scheduled to participate on a panel at the TARGUSinfo “Online Lead Quality Summit” entitled, “2010 Privacy Debate: Who and What Will Drive Resolution?” September 24, 2009 2:25pm- 3:15pm Panelists: Alan Chapell, President, Chapell & Associates Chris Pirrone, General Counsel, Connexus Matt Wise, CEO, Q Interactive Mike Zaneis, VP of Public Policy, IAB

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California Healthcare Institute Meeting

Chris will deliver a luncheon address to the California Healthcare Institute on “Behavioral Adversiting, Disclosure, and the Life Sciences Sector” on September 22, 2009 from noon to 1:30pm in Newport, California.