July 2017

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The House’s SELF DRIVE Act Races Ahead on Privacy

In a rare moment of bipartisanship, the House Energy and Commerce Committee yesterday unanimously approved the SELF DRIVE Act H.R. 3388, sending it to the full House of Representatives for consideration. The bill facilitates introduction and testing of autonomous cars by clarifying federal and state roles, and by granting exemptions from motor vehicle standards that have impeded introduction of new automated vehicle technologies. This vote was an important step forward in enabling introduction of new technologies that have the potential to transform the future of mobility and maximize consumer safety.

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Roundtable Discussion: Smart Cities and Open Data (2017 MetroLab Network Annual Summit)

The Smart Cities and Open Data movements promise to use data to spark civic innovation and engagement, promote inclusivity, and transform modern communities. At the same time, advances in sensor technology, re-identification science, and Big Data analytics have challenged cities and their partners to construct effective safeguards for the collection, use, sharing, and disposal of personal information.

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Privacy Protective Research: Facilitating Ethically Responsible Access to Administrative Data

Jules Polonetsky, CEO, Future of Privacy Forum, Omer Tene, Senior Fellow, Future of Privacy Forum, and Daniel Goroff, Vice President and Program Director, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation authored a paper titled Privacy Protective Research: Facilitating Ethically Responsible Access to Administrative Data. This paper will be featured in an upcoming edition of The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

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The Future of Digital Privacy

Jules Polonetksy, Future of Privacy Forum’s CEO, was featured on Episode 5 of The Front Row, a podcast by 2U. The conversation centered around responsible data collection and the future of digital privacy. Jules discussed how chief privacy officers and cyber security experts will be able to harness the good in technology and mitigate the risks.

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Meet FPF’s 2017 Summer Interns!

We are pleased to introduce FPF’s 2017 Summer Interns. FPF interns work with policy staff on a range of substantive projects.  They perform research and craft analysis regarding the intersection of privacy and emerging technologies, including: connected cars, the Internet of Things, education technologies, smart communities, de-identification, advertising technology, biometrics, and genetic analysis.