January 2014

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Peter Swire: Why Tech Companies and the NSA Diverge on Snowden

FPF Senior Fellow Peter Swire has an op-ed in today’s Washington Post that discusses how tech companies and the intelligence community are grappling with the traitor-or-whistleblower debate when it comes to Edward Snowden.  His conclusion suggests the debate provokes a much broader set of issues: Fundamentally, the traitor-or-whistleblower debate comes down to different views of […]

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Essays on Big Data and Privacy

A collection of essays by leading scholars and privacy advocates on the legal, technological, social, and policy implications of Big Data, emerging out of our 2013 Big Data and Privacy…

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PBS NewsHour: Jules Polonetsky Talks Big Data and Privacy

Last night, Jules Polonetsky was featured on a segment on PBS NewsHour discussing, “What’s the future of privacy in a big data world?” He was joined by Adam Thierer, senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Transcript is here.

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Comments to the FCC About "Anonymized" and "Deidentification"

Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission posted FPF’s comments about “anonymization” and “deidentification.”  The comments come in response to a request from Public Knowledge that the FCC clarify whether “anonymized” or “deidentified” but non-aggregate call records constitute individually identifiable “customer proprietary network information” under Section 222 of the Communications Act. FPF submitted  comments to address the argument that […]

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Study Weighs Privacy Concerns Against Relevant Offers for Mobile Shoppers, Reports MediaPost

Yesterday, MediaPost reported a study by IDC that provided an interesting insight on how smartphone users value their privacy in retail environments. According to MediaPost: “Smartphone owners were asked which was more important: retailers respecting their privacy or retailers presenting them with relevant offers. The results were essentially split, with slightly more than half (53%) […]

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Privacy a Big Priority for Mobile Location Analytics Companies at "Retail’s BIG Show"

This week, over 30,000 attendees and 500 companies swarmed the Javits Center in New York City for the 2014 National Retail Federation Big Show. The massive expo showcased the latest in retail technology, with mobile location analytics companies making a particularly strong showing. Ten of these companies (Aislelabs, Brickstream, Euclid, iInside, Measurence, Mexia Interactive, Radius […]

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A “Cutting-Edge” Guide to Privacy For Not-So-“Cutting-Edge” Phones

Now that the New Year is upon us, California’s Do Not Track transparency bill AB 370 is officially in effect.  As websites start to disclose in their privacy policies how they respond to Do Not Track signals, it’s helpful to explain a little more about Do Not Track, as well as other options consumers can […]

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Commerce Privacy Specialist Josh Harris Joins Future of Privacy Forum as Policy Director

Commerce Privacy Specialist Josh Harris Joins Future of Privacy Forum as Policy Director Washington, DC, January 14, 2014 —  The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), a  Washington, DC-based think tank advancing responsible data use and consumer privacy, today announced that former Department of Commerce staffer Josh Harris has joined FPF as its Policy Director.  In this role, […]

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Additional Comments to the FTC about the Internet of Things

On Friday, the Future of Privacy Forum provided an additional set of comments to the FTC in the wake of the Commission’s workshop on the Internet of Things (IoT) last November.   The comments expand on FPF’s recent white paper, An Updated Privacy Paradigm for the “Internet of Things”, and address two important themes from the […]

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Jules Polonetsky to Discuss the State of the World on Data Privacy

Tomorrow at 2 PM ET, Jules Polonetsky will be joining Christina Peters, IBM’s Chief Privacy Officer, for a live videochat to discuss data privacy.  Specifically, the two will address challenges managing cross-border data issues as different countries pursue different approaches and regulations for emerging technologies, mobile, and the Internet of Things. The conversation will be […]