January 2016

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Chris Wolf at Data Privacy Day

At Thursday’s Data Privacy Day event in Washington, Passcode joined privacy and security experts to explore US consumers’ evolving attitudes about digital privacy. “Consumers will not do business with companies that don’t respect their privacy, companies they don’t trust,” said Chris Wolf, cochair of the Future of Privacy Forum. Mr. Wolf spoke on a panel […]

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FPF Welcomes New Senior Fellow – Ira Rubinstein

FPF is proud to welcome its newest Senior Fellow, Ira Rubinstein. Ira will be working with FPF staff, fellows and members on a number of cross-Atlantic privacy issues and will be collaborating with EU academics and institutions on projects focused on de-identification, ethics, big data, and other issues. Ira Rubinstein is a Senior Fellow at […]

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Chris Wolf Moderates Panel at CES 2016

Innovating Privacy: New Frameworks for Changing Technology Chris led the discussion by this excellent panel at this year’s CES.  Full panel discussion can be viewed here. Consumers are enjoying the benefits of connected devices while navigating (grappling with!) new privacy issues. Industry and regulators alike are working to understand consumer preferences while preserving creativity and […]

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Algorithmic transparency: Examining from within and without

As the volume of consumer data grows, an increasing number of decisions previously made by humans are now made by algorithms. Many thought leaders have called for algorithmic transparency to ensure that these decisions aren’t leading to unfair or discriminatory outcomes, but algorithmic transparency is tricky to implement. Last December, FTC Commissioner Julie Brill acknowledged […]

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Announcing the Launch of ResearchChoices.org

“Research Choices is an important step forward for research companies and will help consumers better understand how data is used to make decisions by a wide range of organizations.” – Jules Polonetsky From the ESOMAR Press Release Amsterdam, January 28, 2016: Top market research agencies comScore, GfK, Kantar, and Nielsen announced today the launch of […]

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Student Privacy Boot Camp for Ed Tech Vendors

FPF is continuing its series of Boot Camp training sessions for ed tech start-ups and small to medium companies – with the next event scheduled for March 3 in San Francisco.  Slots are limited, so apply to attend now! Need a fast and furious intro to what it takes to do privacy – and security […]

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Essentially Equivalent:

“In a milestone decision on transatlantic data protection, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued its judgment in the Schrems case, declaring the Commission decision on the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor agreement invalid. The CJEU declared that such a decision requires a finding that the level of protection of fundamental rights and freedoms in the laws and practices of the third country is “essentially equivalent” to that guaranteed within the EU.”

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FPF Senior Fellow Peter Swire Debates Max Schrems

Privacy in the EU and the US Scheduled for Jan 26, 2016 – 12:30 Eastern FPF is pleased to share the following announcement: The Brussels Privacy Hub is pleased to announce a pre-CPDP launch event: “Privacy in the EU and US: A debate between Max Schrems and Peter Swire” * Peter Swire – Huang Professor […]

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Who Exactly IS a “School Official” Anyway?

School Officials and Ed Tech Vendors The School Official exception to FERPA, the federal student privacy law, allows schools to provide student data to principals, teachers and school employees to use for educational purposes. But what about contractors who may work for the school, like a bus company or an email service provider? The original […]