June 2018

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Privacy War Games | November 12 in San Jose

The Future of Privacy Forum & The Providence Group invite you to participate in the inaugural Privacy War Games event on November 12th, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, in San Jose, California. The event will take place at Cisco’s Headquarters, located at 255 West Tasman Drive, Building J, San Jose, CA 95134.

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Mobile Platforms Address Data Privacy with 2018 Updates (iOS 12, Mojave, & Android P)

In light of recent debates over Facebook’s role in protecting users’ privacy against third-party app developers, many are recognizing the importance of mobile platforms in safeguarding user data. Apple emphasized privacy in its Worldwide Developers Conference (June 4-8, 2018), highlighting several privacy-related updates to the upcoming macOS and iOS 12. Google also made privacy a focus of their newest mobile operating system, Android P, with several key software updates that will restrict app developers’ access to data.

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Immuta and the Future of Privacy Forum Release First-Ever Risk Management Framework for AI and Machine Learning  

College Park, MD – June 26, 2018 – Immuta and the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) today announced the first-ever framework for practitioners to manage risk in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) models. Their joint whitepaper, Beyond Explainability: A Practical Guide to Managing Risk in Machine Learning Models, provides business executives, data scientists, and compliance professionals with a strategic guide for governing the legal, privacy, and ethical risks associated with this technology.

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FPF Launches Israel Tech Policy Institute

Last week, we launched The Israel Tech Policy Institute, an incubator for tech policy leadership and scholarship, advancing ethical practices in support of emerging technologies. Co-founded by Jules Polonetsky, CEO of the Future of Privacy Forum, and Omer Tene, an Israeli law professor and VP and Chief Knowledge Office at the International Association of Privacy Professionals, the Israel Technology Policy Institute is a new think tank established to provoke, convene and lead policy discussions and support research on privacy, cybersecurity and ethical use of technologies.

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Custom Audiences and Transparency in Online Advertising

This morning, Facebook announced that they will begin rolling out new requirements for its “Custom Audiences” targeting tool for advertisers. These updates are a useful step towards creating better user understanding of data flows both on Facebook and in the broader web, and enhancing the accountability of advertisers who use custom marketing lists.

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Empirical Research in the Internet of Things, Mobile Privacy, and Digital Advertising

In the world of consumer privacy, including the Internet of Things (IoT), mobile data, and advertising technologies (“Ad Tech”), it can often be difficult to measure real-world impact and conceptualize individual harms and benefits. Fortunately, academic researchers are increasingly focusing on these issues, leading to impressive scholarship from institutions such as the Princeton Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP), Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science, UC Berkeley School of Information, and many others, including non-profits and think tanks.

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A Toast to Privacy: Celebrating Day 1 of the GDPR

On May 24, the Future of Privacy Forum was honored to co-host a “Toast to Privacy” with the European Union Delegation to the United States to mark the implementation of GDPR and celebrate those who have been working on related projects. The event was held at the Delegation of the European Union’s offices and was attended by public and private sector, government, and civil society leaders from Europe and the United States. 

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New Study on “the Marketplace for Student Data”

Fordham University’s Center on Law and Information Policy (CLIP) just released the study, “Transparency and the Marketplace for Student Data,” which examines the practices of data brokers who buy and sell information about students. In the study, the authors describe existing privacy laws, map the commercial marketplace, and describe the challenges of understanding how data about students is collected and used.