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January 13, 2009 | Jules Polonetsky

The Future of Privacy Forum Consumer Privacy Agenda for the New Administration

1. Appoint a Chief Privacy Officer to Promote Fair Information Practices in the Public and Private Sectors.

We embrace the idea of government catching up to industry by creating the central role of a Chief Technology Officer, as has been announced. But we also point out the need — recognized by hundreds of privacy-sensitive companies — for a senior level Chief Privacy Officer, someone to ensure that data protection is a central consideration for technology, data and policy decisions. Although many federal agencies have privacy officers, the fact that data is increasingly available across government entities demonstrates the need for a central figure to lead U.S. efforts to respect citizen data. To ensure that the data needed to combat terror will be available while appropriate oversight is in place to protect essential freedoms, the Administration should have an accountable, executive-level figure to drive an agenda based on responsible data practices.

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December 31, 2008 | FPF Staff

Flash Cookies and Privacy

We are glad to read that Adobe is working with browser companies to incorporate Flash cookie controls into the current browser cookie controls. This is long overdue! Given that most consumers have no idea that Flash cookie controls exist or where to find them, companies should be very wary of using this type of cookie […]

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December 17, 2008 | Jules Polonetsky

FPF Commends Yahoo Privacy Announcement

The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) applauds the Yahoo! announcement today that the company has sharpened its privacy practices with a new global data retention policy. FPF Co-chair Jules Polonetsky called for such steps last week in his blog posting. We are delighted to see a great example of advancing privacy in a business practical […]

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December 10, 2008 | Jules Polonetsky

Marty Abrams

Congrats to Marty Abrams for being presented with the IAPP Vanguard Privacy Award. Marty has been an advisor to most of us in the privacy area and is a true thought leader. When I set up my first privacy advisory board about 9 years ago at DoubleClick, Marty was one of the people I turned […]

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December 10, 2008 | FPF Staff

Search Log Files – Ad Server Log Files

Microsoft has agreed with the Article 29 Working Party of EU data regulators that they will remove cookies and IP addresses from search data after 6 months, but only if Google and Yahoo also go along. We will comment further about this, but are already thinking about the next issue – ad server log file […]

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December 4, 2008 | FPF Staff

Pew on FaceBook Connect

Amanda Lenhart of Pew thinks FaceBook is off-base with plans for FaceBook Connect because of the complexity that will be added to the average user’s identity management desires. Perhaps we are extroverts, but we are optimistic that FaceBook will have done the work needed to make use of this extension of FaceBook into the rest […]

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November 30, 2008 | FPF Staff

Reality Mining

Two must reads in today’s New York Times: The first, a story by John Markoff, explores the advances in “reality mining”, a term coined to capture the risks and opportunities of data-mining a full range of data about users, from location, to shopping, to online. It is hard to read this article, without understanding the […]