May 2013

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Comments for the FTC’s Workshop on "Internet of Things"

FPF today offered comments to the FTC in advance of a public workshop on new security and privacy issues presented by growing networks of connected devices.  Commonly referred to as the “Internet of Things,” these physical devices range from appliances and vehicles to our smart phones, and present an elaborate array of objects that capture, […]

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New Report Shows Cybersecurity Risks from FBI “Going Dark” Proposal

Today’s New York Times discusses a major new report by 20 technologists about the cybersecurity risks that would result an FBI plan to expand wiretapping capabilities on the Internet.  The administration is reportedly close to sending the FBI proposal to Capitol Hill, to amend the Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act of 1994. FPF Senior […]

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What’s Scary About Big Data, and How to Confront It

Any discussion surrounding the benefits–and the risks–presented by Big Data often focuses on the far-off future.  The world of Minority Report is frequently invoked, but in the wake of April’s “Big Data Week,” it is time to recognize that Big Data is already here.  In their recent book, Big Data: A Revolution that Will Transform […]

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New Study Shows Need for De-identification Best Practices

Publically releasing sensitive information is risky.  In 1997, Latanya Sweeney used full date of birth, 5 digit ZIP code, and gender to show that seemingly anonymous medical data could be linked to an actual person when she uncovered the health information of William Weld, the former governor of Massachusetts.   Sweeney in a new study analyzes […]