June 2014

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FPFcast: Stalking and the Location Privacy Protection Act with Cindy Southworth

June 30, 2014: Stalking and the Location Privacy Protection Act In this podcast, FPF Policy Counsel Joseph Jerome talks with Cindy Southworth from the National Network to End Domestic Violence about stalking apps and how Senator Franken’s proposed bill might curtail their use. Click on the media player above to listen, or download the complete […]

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Synopsis: Education Privacy Hearing—How Data Mining Threatens Student Privacy

Yesterday, the House of Representatives Education Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education and the Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies held a joint hearing to discuss “How Data Mining Threatens Student Privacy.” Four witnesses presented testimony from a number of perspectives: (1) Joel R. Reidenberg, Chair and Professor of […]

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FPF Statement on Today's Joint Subcommittee Hearing on Education Privacy

One of the most important sections of the Administration’s recent report on Big Data concerns was focused on education technology and privacy. The report noted the need to ensure that innovations in educational technology, including new approaches and business models, have ample opportunity to flourish. Many of these benefits include robust tools to improve teaching […]

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Making Perfect De-Identification the Enemy of Good De-Identification

This week, Ann Cavoukian and Dan Castro waded into the de-identification debate with a new whitepaper, arguing that the risk of re-identification has been greatly exaggerated and that de-identification will play a central role in the age of big data. FPF has repeatedly called for the need for informed conversations about what practical de-identification requires, […]

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Wall Street Journal: MLA-Driven Approach to Airport Wait Times

On Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal published an article about long lines at U.S. customs in airports around the country, and what airlines are doing to shorten them. They include a spreadsheet where you can see the kind information that’s been collected thanks to Mobile Location Analytics (“MLA”) technology. This is just one example of […]

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Interest Based Ads and More Transparency

Facebook wasn’t doing interest based advertising until now?  Huh? Most users of Facebook know that the ads they see are selected by Facebook based on information on their profile, what they have “liked” and interests they have selected.  Most have also noticed that if they visit a web site off Facebook like Zappos, they may […]

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Comments to the FTC on Consumer Generated Health Data

Today, the Future of Privacy Forum submitted comments to the FTC on the privacy issues surrounding consumer generated health data. Noting that innovative products and services that allow consumers to generate and manage their own health information are increasingly becoming part of how consumers manage their broader health care, FPF discusses the need for a […]

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Seeking Submissions for Privacy Papers for Policy Makers 2014

FPF is pleased to invite privacy scholars, professionals, and others with an interest in privacy issues to submit papers to be considered for inclusion in FPF’s fifth annual edition of “Privacy Papers for Policy Makers.” The purpose of Privacy Papers for Policy Makers is to present policy makers with highlights of important research and analytical […]