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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 […]

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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, […]