December 2011


Dec. 21, 2011 – Facebook To Notify Europeans On Facial Recognition,

Amid concerns about user privacy in Europe and beyond, Facebook on Wednesday announced sweeping changes to its European data collection, including notifications on a controversial facial recognition feature. Along with having to notify European users three times about its opt-out facial recognition feature, Facebook will disclose “all personal data held (about users) on request,” says […]


FPF & CDT Release Best Practices for Mobile App Developers

Today, the Future of Privacy Forum and the Center for Democracy & Technology publicly released a beta version of their “Best Practices for Mobile Applications Developers.” We have been working on this guidance over the past year in consultation with stakeholders from industry and civil society, both in the United States and abroad. We hope […]


FPF Releases Mobile Apps Study

The Future of Privacy Forum has released a study on the most popular apps. FPF tested privacy policies for the top paid and free apps and found that free apps that are paid for by targeted advertising are twice as likely to have privacy policies. To see the press release and the full study, please […]


FPF Survey: Free Mobile Apps Better than Paid on Privacy Policies

“We weren’t surprised to discover that free apps were doing better than paid apps, because free apps are more likely to be dependent on advertising and tracking and have more to disclose than paid apps,” explained Polonetsky. “Although a privacy policy isn’t the final word when it comes to communicating with consumers about how their data is used, companies providing policies show that they have taken an essential step to document their practices and provide legal accountability for their actions,” he added.

“With resources for app developers like our resource site,, and privacy policy generators provided by TRUSTe and, there is no excuse anymore for app developers not to provide consumers with privacy policies,” said FPF Co-Chairman Christopher Wolf.[…]


Industry Leaders Discuss Benefits of Self-Regulation for OBA

On Tuesday afternoon, the Information Technology Innovation Foundation (ITIF) unveiled a new paper titled, “Benefits and Limitations of Self-Regulation for Online Behavioral Advertising” at a Microsoft event on self-regulation in the online behavioral advertising (OBA) environment. In the paper, author and ITIF senior analyst Daniel Castro explains, “[S]elf-regulation benefits the economy by creating a more […]


Who Would You Put on the Nice List?

As the year closes, we are soliciting nominations for the 2011 Future of Privacy Forum Gallery of Leading Practices. Please email [email protected] with your suggestions for companies that are leading the industry towards better privacy practices. Please highlight for us the specific practice you are applauding and provide an url or screenshot that will allow us to review the information firsthand.