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Smart Cities Need Smart Privacy Protections: FPF seeks public comments on proposed Open Data Risk Assessment for the City of Seattle
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August 18, 2017 | Kelsey Finch

Smart Cities Need Smart Privacy Protections: FPF seeks public comments on proposed Open Data Risk Assessment for the City of Seattle

The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) requests feedback from the public on the proposed City of Seattle Open Data Risk Assessment. In 2016, the City of Seattle declared in its Open Data Policy that the city’s data would be “open by preference,” except when doing so may affect individual privacy. To ensure its Open Data program effectively protects individuals, Seattle committed to performing an annual risk assessment and tasked FPF with creating and deploying an initial privacy risk assessment methodology for open data.

Location Controls in iOS 11 Highlight the Role of Platforms
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August 16, 2017 | Stacey Gray

Location Controls in iOS 11 Highlight the Role of Platforms

From Pokémon Go, to the geo-targeting of abortion clinics, to state legislative efforts, the last year has seen significant attention paid to the many ways our apps use and often share location data. In the midst of this heightened awareness of geo-location privacy, iPhone users and app developers may notice a difference this Fall, when Apple will be releasing updates to iOS 11 that will increase users’ control over how their geo-location may be collected and used. The changes highlight the ongoing importance—and legal implications—of platform settings for consumer privacy.

The Future of Microphones in Connected Devices
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August 10, 2017 | Stacey Gray

The Future of Microphones in Connected Devices

Today, FPF released a new Infographic: Microphones & the Internet of Things: Understanding Uses of Audio Sensors in Connected Devices (read the Press Release here). From Amazon Echos to Smart TVs, we are seeing more home devices integrate microphones, often to provide a voice user interface powered by cloud-based speech recognition.

Congratulations to Former FPF Advisory Board Member, Jim Byrne, the new General Counsel of the Veterans Administration
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August 7, 2017 | Jules Polonetsky

Congratulations to Former FPF Advisory Board Member, Jim Byrne, the new General Counsel of the Veterans Administration

Former FPF Advisory Board Member (and former IAPP Chairman of Board) James Byrne was confirmed on Friday by the United States Senate to be General Counsel of the Veterans Administration. Jim has had a great career as a privacy leader at Lockheed Martin, and is a great choice to help address the many challenges facing the VA and our veterans. We have appreciated his advice, support and friendship and look forward to his success. We wish him good luck!

The House’s SELF DRIVE Act Races Ahead on Privacy
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July 28, 2017 | Lauren Smith

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.

Roundtable Discussion: Smart Cities and Open Data (2017 MetroLab Network Annual Summit)
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July 25, 2017 | Melanie Bates

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.

Privacy Protective Research: Facilitating Ethically Responsible Access to Administrative Data
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July 24, 2017 | Melanie Bates

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.