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June 9, 2009 | Jules Polonetsky

Facebook Ad Network Crackdown

We are glad to see reports of Facebook cracking down on ad networks improperly using user data, as well as deceptive come-ons. We believe that many of the of the problems of the online advertising system have been due to publishers and advertising leaving privacy and ad quality issues entirely to their ad network partners. […]

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June 9, 2009 | FPF Staff

"Know Privacy" Report Contains Interesting Observations

“KnowPrivacy” is a collaborative research project by Class of 2009 graduates of the Masters program at the University of California Berkeley School of Information.  FPF advisory board member Chris Hoofnagle helped advise the students.  In the project, the students examined the common practices among website operators of collecting, sharing and analyzing data about their users, […]

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June 9, 2009 | FPF Staff

FPF Files Comments to FCC on National Broadband Plan

Yesterday, the Future of Privacy Forum filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about the National Broadband Plan, which the Commission will be formulating over the next several months (FCC Notice of Inquiry Docket – 09-51).  As a think tank focused on promoting greater transparency and consumer online data use, we believe that privacy […]

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June 5, 2009 | Jules Polonetsky

Facebook to Eliminate Regional Networks

This is a very good move by Facebook because it resolves an issue we have always been concerned about — people who join, make their profile available only to friends and believe it is private. But then they join the Washington or other region network and dont realize that millions of people can now see […]

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June 3, 2009 | FPF Staff

Volume of the Obama Administration on Privacy

Our friend Saul Hansell at the New York Times has a piece today entitled “The Obama Administration’s Silence on Privacy, ” which references a speech given yesterday at the Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference.  The speech was made by Susan Crawford, a science and technology advisor to President Obama.  While we are often in synch […]

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June 2, 2009 | Jules Polonetsky

Can having the wrong friends online affect your credit rating?

I understand the idea behind marketers identifying users who have a lot of friends or are very active online and considering them “influencers”.  I “get” the marketing value of enhancing a users profile with information from a range of their online public activity.  Providing transparency to users and control over this type of data collection […]