December 2014

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Paper on Video Games and Privacy Released

At the start of the new year, one of the most anticipated video games of the year was Watch_Dogs, an open-world experience where players played the role of a hacker living in near-future Chicago, racing around the city using a mobile device to retrieve sensitive data and harnessing augmented reality feeds to pick up information about […]

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Onwards and Upwards

Today, Joe Newman, our former legal and policy fellow, started working as a privacy attorney at Electronic Arts, one of the largest video game companies in the world. While at FPF, Joe was vital to our projects reviewing the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor and the implementation of “Do Not Track,” but he identified early on some […]

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What consumers and companies can learn from 2014’s privacy breaches

Earlier this week, FPF’s Kelsey Finch spoke to Red Herring about 2015’s biggest challenges, and how enterprise and consumer technology can come together to combat privacy issues. Q: What have been 2014’s biggest privacy problems, in your opinion? Do you see them being fixed any time soon? A: Throughout 2014, we learned how vulnerable our personal […]

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Travis LeBlanc on the FCC’s New Privacy Role

At today’s FCBA brown bag lunch, FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief Travis LeBlanc discussed the Commission’s recent entrance into privacy enforcement and fielded questions as to what companies might do to avoid running afoul of the Enforcement Bureau. LeBlanc emphasized the innovation continues to outpace regulators, noting that much of the Commission’s investigative and enforcement work […]

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Discussing the Merits of Device Encryption

In the wake of Apple and Google’s recent decision to implement “whole device encryption” on their latest mobile operating systems, the FBI has warned that the tech giants’ actions will force law enforcement to “go dark” when it comes to keeping tabs of criminals. FPF has previously explored the question of encryption and law enforcement access, […]

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Getting Privacy Policies Right the First Time

We have all seen too many well-meaning companies have to face up to what their privacy policy really said, rather than what they intended or even did.  Here are some tips to help prevent that, for new companies, or those in the process of updating their policies – before getting their 15 minutes of unwanted […]