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Nothing to Hide: Tools for Talking (and Listening) About Data Privacy for Integrated Data Systems
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October 31, 2018 | Kelsey Finch

Nothing to Hide: Tools for Talking (and Listening) About Data Privacy for Integrated Data Systems

Data-driven and evidence-based social policy innovation can help governments serve communities better, smarter, and faster. Integrated Data Systems (IDS) use data that government agencies routinely collect in the normal course of delivering public services to shape local policy and practice. They can use data to evaluate the effectiveness of new initiatives or bridge gaps between public services and community providers.

Law Enforcement Access to Student Records:  A Guide for School Administrators & Ed Tech Service Providers
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September 26, 2017 | Melanie E. Bates

Law Enforcement Access to Student Records: A Guide for School Administrators & Ed Tech Service Providers

Washington, DC – Today, the Future of Privacy Forum released a new paper, Law Enforcement Access to Student Records: A Guide for School Administrators & Ed Tech Service Providers. With the repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program last month, it is important that schools – and the companies that serve them – understand their legal options and when they may be required to disclose student personal information to law enforcement.

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!

WannaCry About Backdoors
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June 2, 2017 | Peter Swire

WannaCry About Backdoors

There are many lessons to learn from the spread of the WannaCry ransomware attacks across the globe. One lesson that needs more attention is the danger that exists when a government attempts to create mandatory backdoors into computer software and systems.

FPF Joins Coalition to Reject DHS Proposal to Demand Passwords to Enter the U.S.
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February 22, 2017 | Melanie E. Bates

FPF Joins Coalition to Reject DHS Proposal to Demand Passwords to Enter the U.S.

Yesterday, FPF joined a broad coalition in a joint statement to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) opposing password demands of travelers. Secretary John Kelly suggested DHS could require non-citizens to provide the passwords to their social media accounts as a condition of entering the country. As articulated in the letter, the practice of demanding social media passwords would not increase the security of U.S. citizens and would jeopardize the fundamental rights of people in the U.S. and abroad.

FPF Supports the Email Privacy Act – H.R. 387
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January 10, 2017 | Brenda Leong

FPF Supports the Email Privacy Act – H.R. 387

Yesterday, Congress introduced the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 387), which would update protections in the Electronic Communications Act (ECPA) to take account of citizens’ evolving use of technology and better align the law with consumers’ reasonable expectations of privacy in the contents of their email communications.

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January 8, 2016 | Stacey Gray

FTC Releases Report on Benefits and Risks of Big Data

This week the FTC released a report exploring the use of Big Data analytics. The 33-page document, Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion? Understanding the Issues, is based on the FTC’s Big Data Workshop on September 17, 2014. The report outlines some of the benefits and risks of Big Data use, and surveys the existing […]

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December 15, 2015 | Stacey Gray

Privacy Papers for Policymakers

*Update: We will be LIVE-streaming this event! * Live streaming will begin at 5:30 PM ET on Wednesday, January 13th, 2016. CLICK HERE to view the Live Stream. (video and/or audio may appear as “disconnected” until 5 minutes before event begins)     The Future of Privacy Forum invites you to “Privacy Papers for Policy Makers” A discussion of […]