November 2013

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European Commission's Safe Harbor Report Released

This morning, the European Commission released its long-awaited report evaluating the US-EU Safe Harbor. The Commission proposed series of recommendations “to restore trust in data flows between the EU and the U.S.” The Future of Privacy Forum is currently preparing an in-depth report on the Safe Harbor that will address the concerns presented by the European […]

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FPF Responds to European Commission Report on US-EU Safe Harbor and Finds Criticisms Misplaced

 For immediate release, November 27, 2013 Future of Privacy Forum Responds to European Commission Report on US-EU Safe Harbor and Finds Criticisms Misplaced Washington, D.C. November 27, 2013 – The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), a think tank focused on advancing personal privacy, responded to the European Commission statements on the US-EU Safe Harbor program […]

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A New Privacy Paradigm for the “Internet of Things”

Today the FTC is hosting a workshop on the Internet of Things, which will feature many great panelists including FPF’s Co-Chairman Christopher Wolf.  Chris and FPF Executive Director Jules Polonetsky have also today released a whitepaper arguing for a new privacy paradigm in the new highly connected world. The whitepaper argues that current implementations of […]

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Latanya Sweeney and Andrea Matwyshyn to Join FTC

Today, the FTC announced that the appointment of Latanya Sweeney to serve as the agency’s Chief Technologist and Andrea Matwyshyn as a Senior Policy Advisor on privacy and data security issues. Dr. Sweeney is well-known for her hardline criticism of “anonymity” in publicly released datasets. In 1997, Sweeney used seemingly anonymous medical data to demonstrate […]

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Reuters Talks Tracking in Brick-and-Mortar Retail

Reuters today published an article discussing the ways in which brick-and-mortar retailers are using increasingly sophisticated technology to “catch up” to online retail. Along with the benefits — more efficient stores, targeted discounts — the article raises privacy concerns about the tracking of customer behavior in the offline world. We think, when it comes to […]

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Android “Kitkat” Update – New Privacy Features

As the new Android OS 4.4 codenamed “KitKat” is now available for the latest Nexus phones (and will be available for Nexus 4, 7, 10 and Google Play editions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One in the coming weeks), it’s time to take a look at the system’s new privacy features.

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Protecting Privacy and People Using Airbnb to Go on Vacation

Last month, Attorney General Schneiderman made waves when he subpoenaed data on 15,000 New York City-based users of Airbnb, the service best known for allowing people to rent out their spare bedrooms or their homes while on vacation. The Attorney General is seeking to identify local landlords that are using Airbnb’s service to regularly rent […]

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FPFcast: A Frank Discussion with Frankly CEO Steve Chung

Should a simple text last forever?  Former FPF Legal & Policy Fellow Heather Federman asked as much in a post in August, and she discussed how  the new text-messaging app, Frankly, works to create impermanent text messages in a world where data is forever.  Subsequently, Frankly has become a new FPF member company, and we […]

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Joe Newman

Joe Newman is a legal and policy fellow at the Future of Privacy Forum. He works on a variety of issues involving Do Not Track standards, the US-EU Safe Harbor Agreement and the relationship between privacy and intellectual property. Prior to joining FPF, Joe worked at Public Knowledge, the Library of Congress, The Electronic Frontier […]