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Policymakers, regulators, and privacy executives interact with latest connected tech at FPF’s Third Annual Tech Lab
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April 4, 2018 | Melanie E. Bates

Policymakers, regulators, and privacy executives interact with latest connected tech at FPF’s Third Annual Tech Lab

FPF held the Third Annual Tech Lab Open House Monday, March 26, 2018, at our offices in Washington, D.C. The Tech Lab Open House provided an opportunity for us to host Privacy Commissioners and FPF members who were in town for the International Association of Privacy Professional’s Global Privacy Summit. The event also provided a rare occasion for policy makers, regulators, and thought leaders to interact with the latest in privacy-impacting gadgets and new technologies.

The Elise Berkower Memorial Fellowship
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March 26, 2018 | Melanie E. Bates

The Elise Berkower Memorial Fellowship

FPF launched a new fellowship in memory of Elise Berkower. Elise was a senior privacy executive at global measurement and data analytics company Nielsen for nearly a decade and was a valued, longtime member of the FPF Advisory Board. FPF graciously acknowledges the Berkower Family and the Nielsen Foundation as founding sponsors of the Elise Berkower Memorial Fellowship.

Future of Privacy Forum Launches Fellowship in Memory of Privacy Hero Elise Berkower
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March 26, 2018 | Melanie E. Bates

Future of Privacy Forum Launches Fellowship in Memory of Privacy Hero Elise Berkower

Washington, DC – Today, the Future of Privacy Forum announced the launch of a new fellowship in memory of Elise Berkower. Elise was a senior privacy executive at global measurement and data analytics company Nielsen for nearly a decade and was a valued, longtime member of the FPF Advisory Board. FPF graciously acknowledges the Berkower Family and the Nielsen Foundation as founding sponsors of the Elise Berkower Memorial Fellowship.

Deciphering “Legitimate Interests”: Report based on more than 40 cases from practice
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March 26, 2018 | Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna

Deciphering “Legitimate Interests”: Report based on more than 40 cases from practice

FPF and Nymity collaborated to compile a Report on actual cases from practice and relevant guidance from the Article 29 Working Party and individual Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) concerning the use of “legitimate interests” as a lawful ground for processing under EU data protection law. Our aim is to help organizations better understand how to use and apply legitimate interests as a lawful basis for processing, while at the same time contributing to enhanced personal data protection for individuals.

Understanding Session Replay Scripts – a Guide for Privacy Professionals
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March 5, 2018 | Stacey Gray

Understanding Session Replay Scripts – a Guide for Privacy Professionals

Researchers at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) have demonstrated that many websites are using third-party tools to track visitors’ individual browsing sessions. “Session replay scripts” can raise serious privacy concerns if implemented incorrectly — but with the right safeguards, can be part of a range of ordinary, useful web analytics tools. FPF has published a 3-page guide for Privacy Professionals to assist in deciding whether and how to implement session replay scripts.

Taming The Golem: Challenges of Ethical Algorithmic Decision-Making
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March 2, 2018 | Melanie E. Bates

Taming The Golem: Challenges of Ethical Algorithmic Decision-Making

This article examines the potential for bias and discrimination in automated algorithmic decision-making. As a group of commentators recently asserted, “[t]he accountability mechanisms and legal standards that govern such decision processes have not kept pace with technology.” Yet this article rejects an approach that depicts every algorithmic process as a “black box” that is inevitably plagued by bias and potential injustice.