September 2009

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Turow Berkeley Study: Consumers have a Bad Attitude about Behavioral Ads

Prof Turow’s study of consumer attitudes toward behavioral advertising reported in the NY Times today is a severe indictment of the current state of behavioral advertising. Consumers just do not like the feeling of being tracked. What can companies do about it? How about take Turow’s advice! Despite the significant concerns captured by the poll, […]

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In Trust We Trust

Business Week’s cover story this week is about a commodity that many businesses don’t seem to have in abundance these days: trust. Only 44 percent of Americans in a recent public survey said that they trusted business, the lowest rating since 2001. According to BW, that’s led to some serious soul-searching in corporate America: Not […]

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Kudos to Rebecca Herold on Smart Grid Work…

Rebecca Herold, the newest member of our smart grid privacy working group, was a lead drafter of the Smart Grid Privacy Impact Assessment released today by NIST. At her site, she provides some of the background to the drafting process, and includes some key material that didn’t make it in to the final document. Kudo’s […]

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No Flash in the Pan

The use of flash cookies and its impact on privacy has been getting a lot more publicity recently. Earlier this month, Michael Kassner had a good piece on TechRepublic. Now Darren Chin has an interesting take on Eosensa. We have our view on the privacy implications of flash cookies – as well as what pretty […]

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NIST Calls Data Privacy "Achilles' Heel" of the Smart Grid

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today released the draft NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards. The draft highlights privacy as an issue that must be addressed as Smart Grid technologies continue to be implemented. Key points from the report include: “The major benefit provided by the Smart Grid, i.e. the ability to get […]

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Live Blogging From GridWeek

Round Two: Updates today will be from our smart grid privacy fellow Matt Gruenberg: Session on end user perspectives: do utilities truly understand their customers? Ohio Consumers Counsel J.M. Ostrander only way demand response can work is if consumer understand it Viktor Mayer-Schönberger on forgetting in a digital age http://bit.ly/NfALa Are grid folks thinking about […]

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Privacy and the Power Grid

Grid Week 2009 comes to Washington, DC this week and this year’s gathering features some of America’s top policymakers: Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and Aneesh Chopra, the Obama Administration’s CTO. In the coming years, these officials and their departments will make critical decisions about the future of smart grid […]

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Future of Privacy Forum Advisory Board News

FPF is delighted to welcome several new members to our Advisory Board Paul Ohm, associate professor at the University of Colorado Law School. Prof. Ohm is an expert in information privacy, computer crime law, intellectual property, and criminal procedure. To access his most recent paper, “Broken Promises of Privacy: Responding to the Surprising Failure of […]

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FTC to Dig Deeper on Privacy Issues

Back in August, the new head of the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission, David C. Vladeck, sent a strong message that the Commission continued to be troubled by the state of consumer privacy in the U.S. and the current enforcement model. At that time, Vladeck said, “The frameworks that we’ve been […]

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Flash Cookie Confession?

I was pretty stunned to read this piece posted on MediaPost today. It usually takes a subpoena to obtain documents with comments like this: “When Tatto began to develop its core behavioral frameworks and algorithms, it believed Flash cookies would remain the best way to slow the ability of consumers to delete cookies from their […]