November 2009

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Communicating Online Advertising Practices to Consumers

Nymity, a global privacy and data protection research services firm and FPF supporter, just published an interview with Jules which provides a nice overview of our activities. You can sign up for Nymity’s free newsletter at www.nymity.com.

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PrivacyProf on the SmartGrid

Some of the leading privacy analysis related to the smart grid has been carried out by Rebecca Herrold, a.k.a @PrivacyProf to her Twitter followers.  Her most recent post, an effort to begin to map privacy standards to potential grid privacy concerns, does not disappoint.  We are looking forward to having her on our smart grid […]

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Cookie Opt-in, Opt-out? How about stepping up?

EU companies are heaving  sighs of relief after obtaining some text changes in the EU telecoms package passed this week in Brussels.  Concerns that the proposed amendments to the ePrivacy Directive would have required cookies used for secondary purposes to be “opt-in” had trade groups scrambling, but elimination of the words “prior” and “after having […]

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FTC "Exploring Privacy" Roundtable Series

Jules Polonetsky will be participating in the FTC’s “Exploring Privacy” Roundtable on Monday, December 7 in Washington, D.C. Jules will be participating on Panel 2: Consumer Expectations and Disclosures from 11:00-12:15. Click on this link for more details: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/workshops/privacyroundtables/index.shtml

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NARUC Defers Smart Grid Resolution

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners was scheduled to vote on a smart grid privacy resolution at their November meeting in Chicago last week.  However, it appears that the regulators did not adopt the proposed resolution.  Our sources tell us that it was deferred, hopefully to be taken up at the February NARUC meeting.  […]

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Experts: Smart Grid Poses Privacy Risks

Experts: Smart Grid Poses Privacy Risks Washington Post – Security Fix Blog By Brian Krebs Wednesday, November 18, 2009 Technologists already are worried about the security implications of linking nearly all elements of the U.S. power grid to the public Internet. Now, privacy experts are warning that the so-called “smart grid” efforts could usher in […]

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You Say It's Your Birthday

One year ago today, FPF opened its doors and promised to work to advance responsible data practices. Our goal was to work with progressive companies, advocates, academics and government leaders to find common ground on solutions that ensured that uses of consumer information provided users with transparency and control. While FPF has grown in terms […]

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Utility Regulators Vote on Smart Grid Privacy Resolution

This week, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) is holding their annual meeting in Chicago. On Wednesday, the Commissioners will vote on passing a new resolution that will address privacy concerns and the development of the Smart Grid. We applaud the proposed resolution (see pg. 16) which will call for clear notices, consent, […]