March 2010

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A Welcome Call for ECPA Reform

A lot has changed technologically, and otherwise, since the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) was enacted in 1986. In addition, the law has never been a model of clarity. I litigated a case under ECPA in the late-90’s, McVeigh v. Cohen, representing an individual against the government when the Navy violated ECPA by obtaining online […]

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Smart Grid Today Web Conference

Privacy and the Smart Grid: How to Address Consumer Concerns Without Jeopardizing the Growth of the Grid A web conference, Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Eastern Click here or call 888-471-4447 (+1-301-769-6804) to register! YOUR PRESENTERS: Lillie Coney, Associate Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center Annabelle Lee, Senior Cybersecurity Strategist, Computer Security […]

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Behavioral Ads Good for Business, Sez the NAI

The Network Advertising Initiative report released today, showing the performance and value of behavioral advertising, demonstrates the importance of policy-makers and businesses getting the balance of controls right in this area.  We need to ensure that data enhanced advertising can continue to play a role in the ad economy, but we also need to provide […]

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Right Now is the Time to Address Privacy Issues and the Smart Grid

Last week, two events generated press coverage about privacy advocates sounding the alarm about privacy and the smart grid. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) held a smart grid hearing which included a focus on consumer privacy and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy collected comments on the topic of who owns […]

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The Future of Secure Documents 2010

On Friday, April 30 at 10:35 am Jules will be speaking at The Future of Secure Documents 2010 conference in Washington, D.C. His discussion is entitled, “Future of Privacy Forum Hot Topics: Apps gone wild, the smart power grid and your data, and getting beyond behavioral advertising.” Click here for more information on the conference.

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FPF Files Comments to OSTP Relating to Development and Depolyment of the Smart Grid

Click here to find the response of Jules Polontesky and Christopher Wolf on behalf of the Future of Privacy Forum to the Office of Science and Techology’s Request for Information published at 75 Fed. Reg. 6414.   This response addresses issues relating to the development and deployment of the “Smart Grid” for energy distribution.  The specific question(s) […]

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IAPP: 10 Years and Counting

Ten years ago, desktop computers ran on Pentium III chips and home broadband was a novelty.  But even then, some people recognized the coming ability of businesses to amass personal information about web users – and the need for safeguards.    Today marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of the International Association of Privacy […]

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Walkthrough: Click at Your Own Risk

Walkthrough: Click at Your Own Risk FootballOutsider.com By Mike Tanier March 10, 2010 None of the scenarios listed below have happened yet, as far as we know: A star college quarterback sends a text message to five friends, bragging about his performance against a rival school. One of the friends forwards it to another set […]