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iOS Privacy Advances
The Blog

July 6, 2020 | Christy Harris

iOS Privacy Advances

Law and legislation take the lead in setting standards for protecting personal data, but the policies and norms established by companies also play a central role. This has been the case particularly for global platforms providing the services used by billions in the course of daily life. Apple’s 2020 Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) previewed a […]

Understanding the “World of Geolocation Data”
The Blog

May 22, 2020 | Stacey Gray

Understanding the “World of Geolocation Data”

How is location data generated from mobile devices, who gets access to it, and how? As debates over companies and public health authorities using device data to address the current global pandemic continue, it is more important than ever for policymakers and regulators to understand the practical basics of how mobile operating systems work, how […]

A Closer Look at Location Data: Privacy and Pandemics
The Blog

March 25, 2020 | Stacey Gray

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 […]

Privacy Features of iOS 12 and MacOS Mojave
The Blog

September 25, 2018 | FPF Staff

Privacy Features of iOS 12 and MacOS Mojave

With much media attention focused on new Apple hardware, including new iPhones, Apple also released updated versions of its mobile and desktop operating systems for public download this week. The software upgrades (iOS 12 for iPhones, and macOS 10.14 Mojave for desktop Macs) bring many new features, such as Group FaceTime, options to customize notifications, and aesthetic changes such as an optional desktop “Dark Mode.

Mobile Platforms Address Data Privacy with 2018 Updates (iOS 12, Mojave, & Android P)
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June 26, 2018 | FPF Staff

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.

Custom Audiences and Transparency in Online Advertising
The Blog

June 13, 2018 | Stacey Gray

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.

Understanding Session Replay Scripts – a Guide for Privacy Professionals
The Blog

March 5, 2018 | Stacey Gray

Understanding Session Replay Scripts – a Guide for Privacy Professionals

Researchers at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) have demonstrated that many websites are using third-party tools to track visitors’ individual browsing sessions. “Session replay scripts” can raise serious privacy concerns if implemented incorrectly — but with the right safeguards, can be part of a range of ordinary, useful web analytics tools. FPF has published a 3-page guide for Privacy Professionals to assist in deciding whether and how to implement session replay scripts.

On April 11, Windows Users Get Improved Privacy Protections from Microsoft
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April 5, 2017 | FPF Staff

On April 11, Windows Users Get Improved Privacy Protections from Microsoft

FPF is pleased to see the major privacy advances in Microsoft’s upcoming update to Windows 10. The Creator’s Update version of Windows 10 will provide a new privacy dashboard, allows users to limit telemetry information sent back to Microsoft, provides a detailed look at the telemetry information collected, and makes it easy for users to understand what data is collected when they choose basic or advanced installations.