May 2010

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Facebook issue is a wake-up call

Today Facebook responded to users by announcing simpler and more powerful controls for sharing personal information. We’re glad they are listening, but more needs to be done, and other businesses need to take notice. Check out our response at CNN.com. Jules Polonesky, director of Future Privacy Forum, also released the following statement: The message that […]

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Google: Delete Here, Not There!

Our “privacy community” readers are probably very well aware that Google has recently admitted that the company’s Street View cars had been collecting the contents of communications sent over unsecured WiFi networks.  The European authorities are incensed about this revelation and today we read reports that the FTC may be investigating. We trust that regulators, […]

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California Law and Alternatives to "Privacy Policy"

A couple of weeks ago, on the FPF facebook page, we posted our thoughts about a comment Alexander Macgillivray, Twitter’s general counsel, made about the decision to name Twitter’s “privacy policy” as such and not as “public policy,” based upon the requirements of California law. We finally had a chance to take a closer look […]

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The Future of Privacy Forum Announces New Publication: “Privacy Papers for Policy Makers: The Future of Privacy Forum Annual Review”

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) co-chairs announced a new competition-based project that is entitled: “Privacy Papers for Policy Makers.” This new publication is made possible in part by the generous support of LexisNexis, AT&T and others. The goal of this endeavor is to highlight important research and analytical work on a […]

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More Data Use Icons on The Way

Yesterday, Firefox revealed that one of the new features that will appear in Firefox 4 will be an icon that displays when the browser passes a browser’s physical location to a Web site. Firefox already has a feature that allows sites to ask users for permission to share location, which it derives by scanning local […]

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Privacy Frameworks and Personal Information

Privacy Frameworks and Personal Information C-SPAN May 7, 2010 Panelists talked about innovative uses of information to personalize users’ online experience, make product recommendations, provide services, and connect people with similar personal, business or community service interests. Other topics included the privacy considerations these uses create. 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM Panel 2: Privacy Frameworks […]

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2010 Gallery of Leading Practices

Today, the Future of Privacy will be at the NTIA Dialogue on Privacy and Innovation.  Jules Polonetsky will be participating on a panel regarding innovations in transparency and choice. In order to recognize innovations in this area, the Future of Privacy Forum is launching its 2010 Gallery of Leading Practices.  We have listed companies and […]