September 2014

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CDT’s "Always On" – the Digital Student

FPF attended the “Always On – Digital Student” forum hosted by the Center for Democracy & Technology and the Data Quality Campaign on September 24, 2014.  The Digital Student Challenge Jon Phillips of Dell opened the session with a challenge that we need to change the learning process as well as change how we measure […]

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Transparency About What Data is Used is Key for Parents and Students

Last week, the New York Times hosted a Room for Debate on Protecting Student Privacy in On-Line Learning.  The question: “Is the collection of data from schools an invasion of students’ privacy?”  Jules’ weighed in, making the key point that schools must continuously and effectively communicate with parents on what technology is being used, what […]

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Thoughts on the Data Innovation Pledge

Yesterday, as he accepted the IAPP Privacy Vanguard award, Intel’s David Hoffman made a “data innovation pledge” that he would work only to promote ethical and innovative uses of data. As someone who only relatively recently entered the privacy world by diving headfirst into the sea of challenges surrounding big data, I think an affirmative […]

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FTC Wants Tools to Increase Transparency and Trust in Big Data

However we want to define “Big Data” – and the FTC’s latest workshop on the subject suggests a consensus definition remains elusive – the path forward seems to call for more transparency and the establishment of firmer frameworks on the use of data. As Chairwoman Ramirez suggested in her opening remarks, Big Data calls for […]

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iOS 8 and Privacy: Major New Privacy Features

iOS 8 includes several new privacy features founded on Apple’s core privacy principles of consent, choice and transparency. With these principles in mind, Apple created and incorporated increasingly granular controls for location, opportunities for developers to communicate to users how and why they use data, and limits on how third parties can track your device. […]

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Lessons from Fair Lending Law for Fair Marketing and Big Data

Lessons from Fair Lending Law for Fair Marketing and Big Data Where discrimination presents a real threat, big data need not necessary lead us to a new frontier. Existing laws, including the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and other fair lending laws, provide a number of protections that are relevant when big data is used for […]

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Big Data: A Tool for Fighting Discrimination and Empowering Groups

Big Data: A Tool for Fighting Discrimination and Empowering Groups Even as big data uses are examined for evidence of facilitating unfair and unlawful discrimination, data can help to fight discrimination. It is already being used in myriad ways to protect and to empower vulnerable groups in society. In partnership with the Anti-Defamation League, FPF […]

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Big Data: A Benefit and Risk Analysis

On September 11, 2014, FPF released a whitepaper we hope will help to  frame the big data conversation moving forward and promote better understanding of how big data can shape our lives. Big Data: A Benefit and Risk Analysis provides a practical guide for how benefits can be assessed in the future, but they also show how […]

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Data Protection Law Errors in Google Spain LS, Google Inc. v. Agencia Espanola de Proteccion de Datos, Mario Costeja Gonzalez

The following is a guest post by Scott D. Goss, Senior Privacy Counsel, Qualcomm Incorporated, addressing the recent “Right to be Forgotten” decision by the European Court of Justice. There has been quite a bit of discussion surrounding the European Court of Justice’s judgment in Google Spain LS, Google Inc. v. Agencia Espanola de Proteccion de […]

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