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August 6, 2009 | Jules Polonetsky

Address Consumer Concerns about Behavioral Ads or the Browser Developers May Do It For You, Real Soon.

To support our point that businesses should  worry about the consumer view of behavioral advertising as much as they worry about legislative activity, have a look at CDT’s update on the current browser privacy controls available to users.  Healthy browser competition over the last few years has made privacy an increasingly prominent feature for browser […]

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August 5, 2009 | FPF Staff

Time Will Tell…

What a difference six months makes! Six months ago, the staff of the Federal Trade Commission released a set of proposed principles to guide the development of self-regulation in online behavioral advertising, which it described as an “evolving area”. Industry groups reacted by agreeing to a set of principles focused around ensuring that all behaviorally […]

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August 3, 2009 | FPF Staff

Does Microsoft + Yahoo = A Privacy Arms Race Among Web Giants?

Does Microsoft + Yahoo = A Privacy Arms Race Among Web Giants? New York Times By Riva Richmond July 31, 2009 When Internet giants team up, civil-liberties advocates tend to worry that their consolidated power will end up hurting the privacy of average users. An agreement between Microsoft and Yahoo to work together on Web […]

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July 29, 2009 | Jules Polonetsky

Search Privacy and the Microsoft-Yahoo! Agreement

As we have followed the rumors of a Microsoft-Yahoo deal over the last few months, the area we were most concerned about was the future of Yahoo’s leading search data retention policy. We have repeatedly praised Yahoo for implementing a data retention policy that seeks to anonymize search queries after 3 months and we have […]

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July 27, 2009 | FPF Staff

White House Asks Public If It Wants Cookies

White House Asks Public If It Wants Cookies Media Post By Wendy Davis July 24, 2009 The Obama administration is asking the public to weigh in on whether the government should liberalize its 9-year-old policy limiting the use of persistent cookies. In a blog post issued Friday, administration officials asked for opinions about matters including […]

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July 27, 2009 | Jules Polonetsky

Kim Hart Moves on from the Washington Post

Kim Hart of Washington Post wrote her last piece today, before she moves on to a new tech related effort at “The Hill” newspaper.  Kim has done some great reporting on privacy issues and is one of the savviest young journalists covering tech issues around. So nice to see her on the rise.  Good luck […]