October 2015

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EdSurge Carries Piece on Best Practices for Student Privacy

October 30 – EdSurge, a independent online resource on education technology, has  a piece on student data privacy written by FPF’s own Jules Polonetsky and Brenda Leong.  Polonetsky and Leong comment on a “trust gap” between parents and schools when it comes to the collection, use, and security of student data, and discuss the best […]

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FPF and Washington & Lee University Law School Announce Partnership

DC-BASED PRIVACY THINK TANK FUTURE OF PRIVACY FORUM PARTNERS WITH WASHINGTON and LEE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW TO CREATE UNIQUE ACADEMIC-PROFESSIONAL PARTNERSHIP Affiliation to Advance Privacy Scholarship, Create Business/Academic Ties, and Incubate Tomorrow’s Privacy Lawyers WASHINGTON, D.C. & LEXINGTON, Va. – Thursday, October 29, 2015 – The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and Washington and […]

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FPF Panel will Shine Light on FTC’s Authority

Data privacy and security regulators don’t always agree. That’s no surprise to those observing the discussions that have followed the European Court of Justice’s decision to invalidate the adequacy of the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor framework.  But the disputes aren’t always global.  Sometimes regulators from the same country, working in the same agency, disagree about how to […]

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Cross-Device: Understanding the State of State Management

On Friday, October 16, the Future of Privacy Forum filed comments with the FTC in advance of the FTC’s Cross Device Workshop on Nov. 16, 2015. Jules Polonetsky and Stacey Gray have prepared a report, Cross-Device: Understanding the State of State Management, based on revisions to FPF’s comments filed with the FTC on October 16th, that aims to describe […]

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CEA releases guiding privacy & security principles for wearable technologies

Yesterday, October 26th, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced voluntary guidelines for organizations that manage personal and health-related data, particularly as generated by consumer wearable technologies.  This step illustrates CEA’s  attempt to promote consumer trust in technology companies producing and supporting health trackers and other wearable technologies.  Future of Privacy Forum applauds CEA’s efforts to […]

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The Hill Features FPF’s Comments on Safe Harbor

  Today the US political news website The Hill carried an opinion piece by Future of Privacy Forum staff on the EUCJ’s Safe Harbor ruling.  Executive Director Jules Polonetsky and Legal & Policy Fellow Bénédicte Dambrine write of the challenges the ruling creates for European companies, workers, students, and educational institutions, and asked that policymakers […]

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NHTSA & FTC Critical of House Vehicle Safety Proposal

October 14, 2015 — The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade met to discuss proposals to improve motor vehicle safety. Much of the hearing focused on a recent proposal by committee staff to incentivize the adoption of new technologies to improve vehicle safety, which raises several privacy issues. Specifically, privacy and […]

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Big Presidential Campaigns Raise Big Privacy Issues

As the election season gets into full swing, campaigns are eager to collect and use information about voters everywhere. A recent study by the Online Trust Alliance found major failings’ with the campaigns’ privacy policies, and beyond the nuts and bolts of having an online privacy notice, political hunger for data presents very real challenges for voters […]

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End of Safe Harbor? Understanding the CJEU’s Decision and Its Implications

Legal background In Europe, the processing of personal data is governed by Directive 95/46/EC (the “Directive”) which sets forth rules under which data may be lawfully processed1.The transfer of personal data to third countries is restricted to countries that ensure an adequate level of protection2.While the Directive itself does not provide a definition of the […]