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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 […]

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August 27, 2009 | Jules Polonetsky

Facebook Addresses Canada's Privacy Commissioner Concerns

Several weeks ago the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, issued a comprehensive report about Facebook’s privacy policies and asked the company to address several privacy concerns they laid out or face imminent legal action. In response, Facebook announced today a series of changes that intended to address the concerns offered by the Commissioner. […]

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August 25, 2009 | Jules Polonetsky

New York Times on Government Use of Cookies:

Kudos to the New York Times for addressing the government’s use of cookies in an editorial in this morning’s paper . As the piece indicates, currently there is no ban in place which prevents a federal agency from using tracking devices, such as cookies. Unfortunately, it is an all or nothing policy, which allows agencies […]

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August 18, 2009 | FPF Staff

Massachusetts Tweaks Its Data Security Regs

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, home of the infamous 2007 TJX data security breach, is the first state to require detailed regulation over how personal data is secured. As an incubator of a new kind of law, it has found that getting the regs right is no easy task. The regs have been revised once already, […]

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August 18, 2009 | Jules Polonetsky

Web Analysis, Behavioral Targeting and Advertising: Individual Visitors Tracking v/s Aggregate Data

http://webanalysis.blogspot.com/2009/08/individual-visitors-tracking-vs.html In our comments on the federal government’s request for input on the use of cookies, we made the point that for the purpose of Web site analytics use of data in the aggregate was quite sufficient. This discussion and debate between analytics industry experts from Google and Comscore provides some insight on the issues […]

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August 17, 2009 | Jules Polonetsky

See how you are being seen

Steve Smith’s description of the DailyMe service puts it perfectly. “Transparency alone is not the right answer to the quandary over privacy and targeting. The users must not only feel in control but be able to see a real benefit from the technology”.