October 2011

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Research Released on Usability of Internet Privacy Tools

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University released a study today titled, “Why Johnny Can’t Opt Out: A Usability Evaluation of Tools to Limit Online Behavioral Advertising.”  ”All nine of the tools we tested have serious usability flaws,” said Lorrie Cranor, director of the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory (CUPS). Read the full press release here.

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Microsoft Measures Consumer Online Safety Awareness

Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), a guest speaker at the Microsoft Digital Citizen event, applauded Microsoft’s efforts to quantify consumer perceptions of Internet safety, security, and privacy; while cautioning prescriptive interventions.  “Congress needs to adopt the philosophy of first do no harm, but only once you have a defined harm,” said Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). “We […]

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Chris Wolf Participates in ITU Telecom World in Geneva

FPF’s Chris Wolf is currently participating in the International Telecommunications Union’s Telecom World in Geneva. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is part of the United Nations and handles issues in information and communications technology. Chris is on a panel discussing cybersecurity challenges and was also invited to submit his paper The Role of Government in Commercial […]

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French Gathering of Global Govt & Bus Leaders Focus on Privacy

  By Chris Wolf, FPF Founder and Co-Chair On October 21st, I was invited by the French Minister for Industry, Energy and the Digital Economy, Eric Besson, to participate in a seminar on the future of the Internet in Paris. The privacy session was entitled “Reconciling the Internet business model and respect for privacy” and […]

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EuroPriSe Expert Workshop, November 2011

Participate in the EuroPriSe Expert Workshop held on Nov. 23-25 and acquire the skills necessary to compose a EuroPriSe Evaluation Report and qualify as a EuroPrise Privacy Expert. International privacy experts are invited to take the certification exam to receive the accreditation to become expert reviewers. EuroPriSe is a government-backed European privacy seal; an initiative of the data […]

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December 5th Privacy Conference

The Future of Privacy Forum Presents Personal Information: The Benefits and Risks of De-Identification  On December 5, 2011, leading academics, advocates, Chief Privacy Officers, legal experts and policymakers will gather to discuss and debate the benefits and risks of de-identification and the definition of personal information. Please join us for this discussion of one of […]

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More Companies Need to Get on the Privacy Bandwagon

FPF Co-chairs Chris Wolf and Jules Polonetsky presented today at the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) Forum. Wolf moderated the panel, “View from the Hill; Legislation Landscape & Regulatory Concerns- Looking into the Crystal Ball.” The panel captured the view that while there will most likely be no privacy and data stewardship legislation this year, self-regulatory […]