March 2014

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Comments for the White House "Big Data Review"

This afternoon, FPF submitted comments to help inform the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s “Big Data Review.” Announced in January, the White House Big Data Review has been a helpful exercise in scoping out how big data is changing our society.  Through public workshops at MIT, NYU, and Berkeley, the review has […]

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Chris Wolf Does a "Soap Box" Presentation on Big Data

Tomorrow, Berkeley will host a workshop on Big Data: Values and Governance, the third in the White House’s public events around big data and privacy. As part of this discussion, Chris Wolf presented a “soap box” presentation on big data today.  He suggested a few high-level recommendations, including the need to “fully take stock of the […]

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MAC Addresses and De-Identification

Location analytics companies log the hashed MAC address of mobile devices in range of their sensors at airports, malls, retail locations, stadiums and other venues. They do so primarily in order to create statistical reports that provide useful aggregated information such as average wait times on line, store “hot spots,” and the percentage of devices […]

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Jules’ thoughts on Facebook’s "Privacy Dinosaur"

Jules’ new article on LinkedIn discusses Facebook’s recent efforts to remind its users about adjusting the sharing settings on their posts. A pop-up notice with an illustrated dinosaur occasionally appears on a user’s home page when the user posts something publicly, and reminds the user about their option to keep the post limited to a […]

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FPF Applauds Department of Commerce For Safe Harbor Website Revision

The Department of Commerce has long listed companies’ participation in the US-EU Safe Harbor program in the Safe Harbor List. Within that list, a significant number of companies are marked with the designation “not current.” As FPF wrote in its paper discussing the Safe Harbor, a company can be listed as “not current” for a […]

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FPF In the News: a Big Week for Panels and Privacy

The first week of March brought with it a number of great privacy-related events, some run by the IAPP and some hosted by others (including FPF itself!). Below are links to the many events FPF participated in. Privacy Papers for Policy Makers Launch Event In conjunction with Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, FPF presented our fourth […]

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White House/MIT Big Data Privacy Workshop Recap

Speaking for everyone snowed-in in DC, White House Counselor John Podesta remarked that “big snow trumped big data,” while on the phone to open the first of the Obama Administration’s three big data and privacy workshops.  This first workshop focused on advancing the “start of the art” in technology and practice.  While these workshops are ultimately the […]