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March 4, 2014 | Joseph Jerome

White House/MIT Big Data Privacy Workshop Recap

Speaking for everyone snowed-in in DC, White House Counselor John Podesta remarked that “big snow trumped big data,” while on the phone to open the first of the Obama Administration’s three big data and privacy workshops.  This first workshop focused on advancing the “start of the art” in technology and practice.  While these workshops are ultimately the […]

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January 30, 2014 | FPF Staff

Peter Swire: Why Tech Companies and the NSA Diverge on Snowden

FPF Senior Fellow Peter Swire has an op-ed in today’s Washington Post that discusses how tech companies and the intelligence community are grappling with the traitor-or-whistleblower debate when it comes to Edward Snowden.  His conclusion suggests the debate provokes a much broader set of issues: Fundamentally, the traitor-or-whistleblower debate comes down to different views of […]

The Blog

November 27, 2013 | Joseph Jerome

European Commission's Safe Harbor Report Released

This morning, the European Commission released its long-awaited report evaluating the US-EU Safe Harbor. The Commission proposed series of recommendations “to restore trust in data flows between the EU and the U.S.” The Future of Privacy Forum is currently preparing an in-depth report on the Safe Harbor that will address the concerns presented by the European […]

The Blog

November 15, 2013 | Joseph Jerome

Protecting Privacy and People Using Airbnb to Go on Vacation

Last month, Attorney General Schneiderman made waves when he subpoenaed data on 15,000 New York City-based users of Airbnb, the service best known for allowing people to rent out their spare bedrooms or their homes while on vacation. The Attorney General is seeking to identify local landlords that are using Airbnb’s service to regularly rent […]

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September 25, 2013 | FPF Staff

Solove and Schwartz Reconcile US-EU Privacy Law

In their new essay, Reconciling Personal Information in the United States and European Union, Professors Dan Solove and Paul Schwartz explore the divergence between European and US privacy law. The pair point to trans-Atlantic differences in the definition of personally identifiable information (PII) as one of the biggest challenges for harmonizing the the two legal systems’ […]

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May 17, 2013 | Peter Swire

New Report Shows Cybersecurity Risks from FBI “Going Dark” Proposal

Today’s New York Times discusses a major new report by 20 technologists about the cybersecurity risks that would result an FBI plan to expand wiretapping capabilities on the Internet.  The administration is reportedly close to sending the FBI proposal to Capitol Hill, to amend the Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act of 1994. FPF Senior […]