May 2017

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Consumer Genetic Testing: Beginning to Assess Privacy Practices

Genetic testing is becoming more widely available to consumers; such testing can be an exciting new opportunity to help individuals flesh out family histories, discover cultural connections, and learn about their personal backgrounds. The availability of low-cost genetic sequencing and analysis has led to numerous businesses offering a variety of services, including some that provide detailed health and wellness reports that explain how genetics can influence risks for certain diseases. The enthusiastic public response demonstrates that there is great demand for this knowledge.

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Homomorphic Encryption Signals the Future for Socially Valuable Research on Private Data

Encryption has become a cornerstone of the technologies that support communication, commerce, banking, and myriad other essential activities in today’s digital world. In an announcement this week, Google revealed a new marketing attribution tool that relies on a particular type of advanced encryption to allow advertisers to understand whether their online ads have resulted in in-store purchases.

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AI Ethics: The Privacy Challenge

The Future of Privacy Forum and the Brussels Privacy Hub of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) are partnering with IEEE Security & Privacy in a call for papers focused on AI Ethics: The Privacy Challenge. Selected papers will be featured at The Brussels Privacy Symposium, an academic program jointly presented by the Brussels Privacy Hub of the VUB and FPF’s National Science Foundation supported Research Coordination Network.

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FPF Comments on FTC and NHTSA Connected Vehicle Workshop

On Monday, the Future of Privacy Forum submitted written comments to the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in response to their request for input on the benefits and privacy and security issues associated with current and future motor vehicles.