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April 28, 2015 | Peter Swire

FPF Senior Fellow Peter Swire Provide Comments to the FCC on Broadband Consumer Privacy

Later today, Peter Swire, FPF Senior Fellow, will participate at the FCC’s public workshop on broadband consumer privacy. He also prepared written comments expanding on his thoughts. Professor Swire summarizes his research as follows: First, I examine the effect of the Section 222(a) definition of “proprietary information” as compared with the Section 222(c) definition of […]

Android 5.0, Lollipop: Major New Privacy Features
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November 4, 2014 | FPF Staff

Android 5.0, Lollipop: Major New Privacy Features

  Earlier this month, Google announced the final release of Android 5.0 Lollipop, also known as Android L. Lollipop includes a number of valuable new privacy features worth special applause. Default Encryption New phones and tablets with Lollipop come with encryption automatically turned on to help protect data on lost or stolen devices or from […]

Do Beacons Track You? No, You Track Beacons
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October 6, 2014 | FPF Staff

Do Beacons Track You? No, You Track Beacons

  BuzzFeed News today reports that phone booths in NYC are tracking people and can send them ads. Let’s explain this rapidly spreading new technology we often see described inaccurately. First, let’s step back and understand how your phone or apps on your phone that you grant permission to access your location are able to […]

iOS 8 and Privacy: Major New Privacy Features
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September 12, 2014 | FPF Staff

iOS 8 and Privacy: Major New Privacy Features

iOS 8 includes several new privacy features founded on Apple’s core privacy principles of consent, choice and transparency. With these principles in mind, Apple created and incorporated increasingly granular controls for location, opportunities for developers to communicate to users how and why they use data, and limits on how third parties can track your device. […]

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April 25, 2014 | FPF Staff

New Mobile Tracking Dos and Don’ts from Apple

We wrote in the past about how Apple was addressing privacy concerns about mobile tracking by restricting the identifiers that mobile developers can use to track devices. Apple announced in 2011 that developers moving forward would only be permitted to track an iOS device using Apple’s new Advertising Identifier (IDFA).  Despite the fact that this […]

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March 27, 2014 | FPF Staff

MAC Addresses and De-Identification

Location analytics companies log the hashed MAC address of mobile devices in range of their sensors at airports, malls, retail locations, stadiums and other venues. They do so primarily in order to create statistical reports that provide useful aggregated information such as average wait times on line, store “hot spots,” and the percentage of devices […]