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

June 12, 2018 | Stacey Gray

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.

Consumer Reports Publishes Initial Findings for Privacy and Security of Smart TVs
The Blog

February 7, 2018 | Stacey Gray

Consumer Reports Publishes Initial Findings for Privacy and Security of Smart TVs

Today, Consumer Reports released their initial findings on the privacy and security aspects of Smart TVs. Applying their Digital Standard (developed with Ranking Digital Rights and other partner organizations), Consumer Reports identified a range of important privacy aspects and potential security vulnerabilities in Smart TVs from five leading manufacturers (Sony, Samsung, LG, TCL, and Vizio).

Seeing the Big Picture on Smart TVs and Smart Home Tech
The Blog

February 1, 2018 | Stacey Gray

Seeing the Big Picture on Smart TVs and Smart Home Tech

CES 2018 brought to light many exciting advancements in consumer technologies. Without a doubt, Smart TVs, Smart Homes, and voice assistants were dominant: LG has a TV that rolls up like a poster; Philips introduced a Google Assistant-enabled TV is designed for the kitchen; and Samsung revealed its new line of refrigerators, TVs, and other home devices powered by Bixby, their intelligent voice assistant.

John Verdi Talks Connected Devices with Fox 2 St. Louis
The Blog

November 15, 2017 | Melanie E. Bates

John Verdi Talks Connected Devices with Fox 2 St. Louis

“What data is being transmitted and what data is being used really depends on the device,” Verdi said. “They can offload that information from the device to servers on the internet that are either controlled by the companies or third parties and there’s some processing that can happen there.”

The Future of Microphones in Connected Devices
The Blog

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.

New Infographic: Understanding Uses of Microphones in Internet of Things (IoT) Devices
The Blog

August 10, 2017 | Melanie E. Bates

New Infographic: Understanding Uses of Microphones in Internet of Things (IoT) Devices

Washington, DC – Today, the Future of Privacy Forum released an infographic, “Microphones & the Internet of Things: Understanding Uses of Audio Sensors in Connected Devices.” In order to enable the benefits of new voice-based services while protecting data privacy, this infographic attempts to explain the range of possible uses of microphones in connected devices.

Policymakers, regulators, and privacy executives interact with latest connected tech at FPF’s Second Annual Tech Lab
The Blog

May 1, 2017 | Melanie E. Bates

Policymakers, regulators, and privacy executives interact with latest connected tech at FPF’s Second Annual Tech Lab

FPF held the Second Annual Tech Lab Open House Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at our offices in Washington, D.C. The Tech Lab Open House provided an opportunity for us to host FPF members and colleagues based in the District of Columbia, and those from around the world who were in town for the International Association of Privacy Professional’s Global Privacy Summit.

FPF Welcomes New Senior Fellow
The Blog

February 10, 2017 | Melanie E. Bates

FPF Welcomes New Senior Fellow

FPF is pleased to welcome Henry Claypool as a senior fellow. Henry is currently Policy Director at the Community Living Policy Center at the University of California, San Francisco. He is the former Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Disability and a founding Principal Deputy Administrator of the Administration for Community Living.