November 2011

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French DPA Issues Guidance for Cookie Disclosures: Specific Consents Required for Specific Cookie Functions

In 2009, a French ordinance was put in place pursuant to the EU e-Privacy Directive (2009/136/EC), requiring online businesses and other websites to obtain prior user consent for the placement of cookies on users’ computers.   The prior consent issue has been a contentious one in Europe recently, with the Article 29 Working Party rejecting proposals […]

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FPF Advisory Board Member Professor Danielle Citron Comments on Study Showing Parents Facilitating Facebook Use for Kids Under 13

FPF Advisory Board Member Danielle Citron, the Lois K. Macht Research Professor of Law at the University of Maryland School of Law comments in Concurring Opinions on a study released this week by Danah Boyd, Eszter Hargittai, Jason Schultz, and John Palfrey  that Professor Citron says “sheds new light on COPPA’s failings” and underscores the need for universal privacy […]

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Google To De-Mystify Ad-Targeting

Wired quoted FPF’s Jules Polonetsky today in an article on Google’s new program called “Why These Ads.” Google announced the new feature to help consumers understand why they receive certain ads. To see the full article and read Jules’ quotes, please click here.

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New Study Reveals Unintended Consequences of COPPA

In an effort to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), an act that requires parental consent for the online collection of information about children under 13, most social networking sites simply ban children under 13 from using their service. A peer-reviewed study released today, “Why Parents Help Their Children Lie to Facebook About Age: Unintended Consequences of the […]