November 2010

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"Do Not Track" – Update

Some Background Notes on Do Not Track – in  Advance of the Future of Privacy Panel and the Energy and Commerce Hearing Today’s Wall Street Journal article by Julia Angwin focuses on the upcoming “Do Not Track” events taking place this week, including the FPF program on Wednesday, and provides some background on recent developments.  […]

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Hiding Online Footprints

FPF was featured in The Wall Street Journal article, “Hiding Online Footprints.” Read the full story here.

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FPF to host event, "Do Not Track" Demystified

FPF will host an expert event entitled, “Do Not Track” Demystified. The discussion comes on the eve of a Congressional hearing to examine the need and feasibility of a federal law to control the tracking of consumers’ online activity for marketing and analytic purposes. This program will examine the role of technology in empowering consumers […]

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World Privacy Forum: FTC, Not Commerce, Should Take Lead On Privacy

FPF was featured in MediaPost.com article, “World Privacy Forum: FTC, Not Commerce, Should Take Lead On Privacy.” Read full story here, and see FPF quote below. Meantime, the think tank Future of Privacy Forum is taking the position that two heads are better than one. “We need the FTC and Commerce working together — pushing and […]

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We Need an Official To Guard Our Privacy

Gordon Crovitz is wrong to equate the idea of a senior U.S. privacy official (as he provocatively put it, a “privacy czar to regulate the Internet”) with the proposal in the European Union of a “right to be forgotten.” (“Forget Any ‘Right to Be Forgotten,‘” Information Age, Nov. 15). It is precisely because of international […]

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Topsy Turvy World of Privacy

Topsy Turvy World of Privacy: World Privacy Forum blasts FTC  for not taking action against companies who falsely claim they are in Safe Harbor or who don’t live up to Safe Harbor committments. Advocates critique FTC for not taking enforcement action on numerous complaints they file and argue the FTC support for self-regulation is misguided, […]

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Do Not Track Resources

Proposal from the advocates http://www.worldprivacyforum.org/pdf/ConsumerProtections_FTC_ConsensusDoc_Final_s.pdf Comments of the FTC Chairman http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2010/07/ftc-weighs-do-not-track-list.php Commissioner Brill http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=ddba4e6e-ba99-409a-ac48-2e822776e32a Senator Pryor http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20101001_6529.php PrivacyChoice http://privacychoice.wordpress.com/2010/11/17/do-not-track-in-browser-headers-six-concerns/ Arvind Narayanan and Jonathan Mayer, Stanford http://donottrack.us/ Harlan Yu, Princeton http://www.freedom-to-tinker.com/blog/harlanyu/do-not-track-not-simple-it-sounds ITIF http://www.itif.org/files/2010-do-not-track.pdf Please let us know if we are missing anything else useful!

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Summary of Draft Department of Commerce Privacy Green Paper

Chris Wolf passes on details that have emerged about the upcoming Commerce Dept. privacy ‘green paper’. Interesting to note that Commerce is calling for a baseline privacy law supplanted by self-regulation – which sounds close to what the FTC is likely to call for. To read his post, click here: Summary of Draft Department of […]

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A US Privacy Leader

Two weeks ago in Jerusalem at the annual conference of Data Protection Commissioners, Assistant Secretary of Commerce Larry Strickling announced that Commerce Department would be calling for the creation of a new US privacy office. Here is how Strickling described the role: ” In the area of privacy, I believe that the U.S. Government should […]

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Privacy Showdown? Not! The US is finally "in the game"!

It was very disappointing to read today’s NYTimes story which raised the idea that the Department of Commerce was focusing on privacy in order to somehow head off the FTC’s upcoming report on a privacy framework.  We at FPF and many others have been urging the Administration to step into the privacy efforts in the private sector […]