August 2011

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Aug. 23, 2011 – New Control Over Privacy on Facebook, NY Times

Other privacy experts say that if users believe they have control over who sees what, they are more likely to share. “I think it’s part of an evolution to push back at the notion that Facebook is trying to trick you into sharing,” said Jules Polonetsky of the Future of Privacy Forum, which is based […]

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App-makers are on Washington's radar

App-makers may need to look up from those iPhones, Android and BlackBerry games and other tools they’re developing in order to keep closer watch on Washington, where federal regulators are mulling new ways to protect app users. To read the full article, and see FPF’s Chris Wolf’s comments, please click here.

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FTC Competition Bureau Approves Privacy Self-Regulatory Program

The Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB) has received a green light from the FTC’s Bureau of Competition for the CBBB’s “Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising (OBA),” drafted by a coalition of industry associations. http://www.ftc.gov/os/2011/08/100815cbbbletter.pdf The Principles, administered by the Digital Advertising Alliance, require transparency about the information collected and are intended to give […]

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FTC fines app-maker over kids' privacy

Sen. Jay Rockefeller today commended the FTC for cracking down on an app-maker for violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act but also called on the commission to finish revising the rules to keep pace with evolving technology. “The FTC’s enforcement action sets a legal precedent that mobile applications targeting children must abide by the […]

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Industry Tries to Streamline Privacy Policies for Mobile Users

For many Internet users, online privacy policies are long and difficult to read. Transfer those same policies to a mobile device, where users can find themselves clicking through multiple screens often with tiny type, and the policies can become almost useless to the average consumer. View the entire article quoting the Future of Privacy Forum’s […]

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The Focus on App Privacy Continues

As reflected in this Hogan Lovells’ blog entry http://www.hldataprotection.com/2011/08/articles/consumer-privacy/app-privacy-is-in-the-news-again/ app privacy remains in the news and on the minds of privacy advocates and industry.  This entry links to a quote by FPF’s co-chair Chris Wolf in today’s New York Times on the need for all app developers to invest in privacy, and has a link […]

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Gibberbot Wins Inaugural Develop for Privacy Challenge

The Develop for Privacy Challenge, organized by the ACLUs of Northern California and Washington, the Tor Project, and the Information & Privacy Commissioner’s Office of Ontario, was launched to highlight some of the best privacy-enhancing mobile apps out there — apps that improve, rather than erode, our ability to protect and control our own private […]