June 29, 2012 – James Grimmelmann and Peter Swire Testify on Do Not Track, TAP

Recognizing that consumer information is the currency of the web, both sides of Congress have recently held hearings to work toward an understanding of how to balance the needs of businesses for user data and the needs of consumers to have some control over their personal online information.

June 29, 2012 – Advertising industry says they collect user data to protect us, Death and Taxes

The Senate Commerce Committee, led by Senator Jay Rockefeller, yesterday held its “The Need for Privacy Protection: Is Industry Self-Regulation Adequate?”

June 26, 2012 – 10 things Amazon won’t tell you, Market Watch

Amazon has troves of data on what its customers browse and buy.

Mobile Apps and Privacy to be the First Issue Considered in the White House Plan for Enforceable Privacy Codes of Conduct

Future of Privacy Forum has applauded the The Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s decision to focus on mobile apps as the first issue to tackle in the upcoming multistakeholder process. In an op-ed, published yesterday in Politico, FPF’s Jules Polonetsky and Chris Wolf explain what the multistakeholder process will mean for industry representatives, privacy advocates, and users and why this is the perfect time to establish baseline codes of conduct in the mobile app ecosystem.

To read the full article, click here.

June 26, 2012 – Orbitz Asks: Are You A Mac Or A PC?, MediaPost

If you visit Orbitz.com and search for hotels, the offers you’re shown might differ depending on whether you’re using a Mac or a PC.

FPF Releases Model Short Consent Form for Third Parties Seeking Access to Consumer Energy Usage Data

Today, FPF released a model short consent form for third parties seeking to access consumer energy usage data. FPF is committed to supporting a flexible framework that ensures consumer privacy protections while still supporting the development and growth of new products and services. To view the form, click here.

June 26, 2012 – Looking for privacy in a world of apps, Politico

Privacy? The government has an app for that.

Smart Consent Form

Model Short Consent Form

Click above to see what a model short consent form for a hypothetical smart water heater could look like.

June 25, 2012 – Are scare tactics deterring you from putting data in the cloud?, TechTarget

Let’s face it: When you commit to a public cloud provider, your data is out there.

Facebook Agrees to California's Mobile App Privacy Plan

Facebook recently signed California’s Joint Statement of Principles, first announced in February 2012 and signed by six other app store providers: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Hewlett-Packard, and Research in Motion. Upon launching their App Center, Facebook already required apps to provide notifications and hyperlink to a privacy policy.  Per the agreement, Facebook apps that collect personal information will now have to provide their privacy policy upfront, before a user installs the app. Furthermore, the app’s privacy policy must specify the data collected, how it will be used, and with whom it will be shared. Click here for more information.