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October 5, 2009 | FPF Staff

Next Steps on Smart Grid Privacy

Today, we filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission outlining recommendations to protect consumer privacy on the Smart Grid.  Among our comments we stated: “Viable Smart Grid technologies will rely heavily on the collection, communication, and storage of data from electricity producers, consumers, and other participants in the energy ecosystem.  Although this data can be […]

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October 2, 2009 | FPF Staff

A deeper dive into behavioral advertising in Europe

As mentioned in a previous blog post, we had the pleasure of speaking with nugg.ad CEO Stephan Noller last week. Nugg.ad is the German company that has just been awarded the EuroPrise Privacy Seal. nugg.ad’s new behavioral targeting system, Predictive Targeting Networking (PTN) 2.0, received the seal favored by many EU regulators after a vetting […]

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September 29, 2009 | Jules Polonetsky

In Trust We Trust

Business Week’s cover story this week is about a commodity that many businesses don’t seem to have in abundance these days: trust. Only 44 percent of Americans in a recent public survey said that they trusted business, the lowest rating since 2001. According to BW, that’s led to some serious soul-searching in corporate America: Not […]

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September 25, 2009 | Jules Polonetsky

Kudos to Rebecca Herold on Smart Grid Work…

Rebecca Herold, the newest member of our smart grid privacy working group, was a lead drafter of the Smart Grid Privacy Impact Assessment released today by NIST. At her site, she provides some of the background to the drafting process, and includes some key material that didn’t make it in to the final document. Kudo’s […]

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September 25, 2009 | FPF Staff

No Flash in the Pan

The use of flash cookies and its impact on privacy has been getting a lot more publicity recently. Earlier this month, Michael Kassner had a good piece on TechRepublic. Now Darren Chin has an interesting take on Eosensa. We have our view on the privacy implications of flash cookies – as well as what pretty […]

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September 24, 2009 | Brenda Leong

NIST Calls Data Privacy "Achilles' Heel" of the Smart Grid

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today released the draft NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards. The draft highlights privacy as an issue that must be addressed as Smart Grid technologies continue to be implemented. Key points from the report include: “The major benefit provided by the Smart Grid, i.e. the ability to get […]

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September 22, 2009 | Jules Polonetsky

Live Blogging From GridWeek

Round Two: Updates today will be from our smart grid privacy fellow Matt Gruenberg: Session on end user perspectives: do utilities truly understand their customers? Ohio Consumers Counsel J.M. Ostrander only way demand response can work is if consumer understand it Viktor Mayer-Schönberger on forgetting in a digital age http://bit.ly/NfALa Are grid folks thinking about […]