March 2020

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FPF Offers New Resources on Privacy and Pandemics

Today, the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) released a collection of  new publications and resources  to help governments, educators, researchers, companies, and other organizations navigate essential privacy questions regarding the response to the coronavirus pandemic. Global leaders responding to the coronavirus pandemic are increasingly relying on data from individuals and communities to analyze the virus’ […]

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Privacy and Pandemics: A Thoughtful Discussion

As the COVID-19 virus spreads, governments, researchers, and healthcare institutions are seeking to obtain and deploy consumer data to track the spread of the virus, deliver emergency supplies, target travel restrictions and quarantines, and develop vaccines and cures. But can data collected from phones, credit cards, and other sources be used in this emergency without […]

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A Closer Look at Location Data: Privacy and Pandemics

In this series, Privacy and Pandemics, the Future of Privacy Forum explores the challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis to existing ethical, privacy, and data protection frameworks, and will seek to provide information and guidance to companies and researchers interested in responsible data sharing to support public health response. Future posts will examine pandemic-tracking mobile […]

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Navigating Privacy in a Data-Driven World

“What does it mean for people actually working with data, people monitoring data, people analyzing data, people selling data? What does it mean to actually be thinking about privacy as a human right?” Future of Privacy Forum CEO Jules Polonetsky posed these questions at the beginning of his keynote, Navigating Privacy in a Data-Driven World: […]

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EU DPAs Issue Green and Red Lights for Processing Health Data During the COVID-19 Epidemic

As Europe is grappling with an exponential increase in COVID-19 cases, some European Data Protection Authorities issued public interest guidance on the limits of collecting, sharing and using personal data relating to health in these exceptional circumstances. Particular areas of concern are related to the breadth of measures that employers can legally take to monitor […]

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The Future of Privacy Technology

Today, FPF is making available a report co-authored by CEO Jules Polonetsky and Policy Fellow Jeremy Greenberg that identifies future directions and requirements of privacy technology from the industry perspective. With support by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1939288, a survey was designed and administered to industry privacy leaders to provide input on […]

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A Closer Look at Genetic Data Privacy and Nondiscrimination in 2020

Florida lawmakers recently introduced HB 1189/SB 1564 – a bill that would prohibit life and long-term care insurers from basing coverage and rates or denying coverage based on individuals’ genetic information. Washington State lawmakers are considering a bill, HB 2485, that would prohibit life insurance companies and others from obtaining individuals’ genetic information from direct-to-consumer […]