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September 22, 2009 | FPF Staff

Privacy and the Power Grid

Grid Week 2009 comes to Washington, DC this week and this year’s gathering features some of America’s top policymakers: Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and Aneesh Chopra, the Obama Administration’s CTO. In the coming years, these officials and their departments will make critical decisions about the future of smart grid […]

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September 17, 2009 | FPF Staff

Future of Privacy Forum Advisory Board News

FPF is delighted to welcome several new members to our Advisory Board Paul Ohm, associate professor at the University of Colorado Law School. Prof. Ohm is an expert in information privacy, computer crime law, intellectual property, and criminal procedure. To access his most recent paper, “Broken Promises of Privacy: Responding to the Surprising Failure of […]

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September 16, 2009 | FPF Staff

FTC to Dig Deeper on Privacy Issues

Back in August, the new head of the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission, David C. Vladeck, sent a strong message that the Commission continued to be troubled by the state of consumer privacy in the U.S. and the current enforcement model. At that time, Vladeck said, “The frameworks that we’ve been […]

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September 16, 2009 | Jules Polonetsky

Flash Cookie Confession?

I was pretty stunned to read this piece posted on MediaPost today. It usually takes a subpoena to obtain documents with comments like this: “When Tatto began to develop its core behavioral frameworks and algorithms, it believed Flash cookies would remain the best way to slow the ability of consumers to delete cookies from their […]

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September 15, 2009 | Jules Polonetsky

Behavioral Economics

Michael Sanserino’s column on behavioral economics in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal is a timely reminder about the benefits and the risks of new kinds of personal data uses. Take the Sacramento Municipal Utility District which since April 2008, according to Sanserino, has sent monthly notices to 35,000 customers showing how their usage compares with their […]

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September 11, 2009 | Jules Polonetsky

Behavioral Advertising in Europe

Some news just in from our friend Kirsten Bock of the data protection agency of Schleswig-Holstein in Germany. Schleswig-Holstein manages the EuroPriSe privacy seal, a privacy certification backed by many European data authorities. This week, the EuroPriSe seal was awarded to nugg.ad, a behavioral advertising company active throughout Europe. For our readers who, like us, […]

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September 9, 2009 | Jules Polonetsky

Too soon to judge Obama administration on privacy…

A number of the most fervent privacy groups today put out a report critiquing the Obama administration’s record to date on privacy issues. At only 9 months in, it seems a bit too soon to rate the Administration. As we have written previously, we do think there have been early indications of a commitment to […]

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September 3, 2009 | FPF Staff

How We’re Losing Our Privacy Online

How We’re Losing Our Privacy Online Christian Science Monitor By Gregory Lamb August 31, 2009 Gail Heyman didn’t go on Facebook often. In March Mrs. Heyman, who lives in the Atlanta area, opened an account just to keep up with a few friends. She found herself rarely checking the social-networking site, letting days or even […]

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September 3, 2009 | FPF Staff

Facebook agrees with Canada on privacy controls

Facebook Agrees with Canada on Privacy Controls Associated Press By Charmaine Noronha August 27, 2009 Facebook agreed Thursday to give users more control over the information they share with outside applications like games and quizzes in response to concerns raised by Canadian privacy officials. Currently, people who wish to use such software have to agree […]