May 2014

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Google Responds Promptly to ECJ Ruling on “Right to Be Forgotten”

In a move “welcomed” by privacy advocates, Google today released a web form that allows Europeans to request removal of links to Internet contents that allegedly violate the individuals’ “right to be forgotten.”  The form reflects part of Google’s response to the May 13 landmark rulingfrom the European Court of Justice (ECJ) holding that Google can be forced to remove […]

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Facebook Making More Privacy-Friendly Changes

Facebook today is announcing two important new steps that should make a big difference for users. First, for new Facebook users, the default audience of their first post will be set to Friends. Previously, for most people, it was set to Public. Additionally, for people already on Facebook, a new and expanded “privacy checkup” tool […]

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FPF list of Federal Anti-discrimination laws

Civil rights groups have recently highlighted the importance of respecting civil rights in this era of “big data” . The White House has echoed these concerns in its Big Data Privacy Review. As supporters of the benefits of responsible data use, we thought it would be helpful to companies and advocates to have a convenient list of existing […]

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Peter Swire on Economic Espionage

FPF Senior Fellow Peter Swire writes today about a recent slate of indictments against members of China’s People’s Liberation Army for economic espionage. Swire argues that industrial cyber-espionage is distinct from intelligence surveillance. Specifically, economic espionage is a crime. Further, such espionage has serious economic consequences: Criminal laws against industrial espionage serve broader goals than […]

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Judge Narrows Subpoena For New Yorkers’ Airbnb Records in Privacy-Protective Ruling

Late last fall we posted about Attorney General Schneiderman’s troubling attempts to subpoena 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. Schneiderman was trying to find landlords who were renting their apartments out long-term through […]

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FPF Statement on White House Big Data Report

Today, the White House released its report on big data and the future of privacy.  The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), a DC-based think tank advocating responsible privacy and data practices, has closely followed the work of the Review Group. “Today’s White House report on Big Data carefully identifies most of the key issues in this […]

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Japan Approved to Participate in APEC’s Cross-Border Privacy Rules System

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (“APEC”) has approved Japan as its newest participant in the Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system. The CBPR system is a voluntary program that establishes a baseline privacy certification process for the transfer of personal data among the 21 APEC member countries. To date, the United States, Mexico, and Japan have joined; […]