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Unfairness By Algorithm: Distilling the Harms of Automated Decision-Making
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December 11, 2017 | Lauren Smith

Unfairness By Algorithm: Distilling the Harms of Automated Decision-Making

Analysis of personal data can be used to improve services, advance research, and combat discrimination. However, such analysis can also create valid concerns about differential treatment of individuals or harmful impacts on vulnerable communities. These concerns can be amplified when automated decision-making uses sensitive data (such as race, gender, or familial status), impacts protected classes, or affects individuals’ eligibility for housing, employment, or other core services. When seeking to identify harms, it is important to appreciate the context of interactions between individuals, companies, and governments—including the benefits provided by automated decision-making frameworks, and the fallibility of human decision-making.

Responsible Research and Privacy Practices Workshop generates new research opportunities
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December 8, 2017 | Margaret Honda

Responsible Research and Privacy Practices Workshop generates new research opportunities

On November 2-3, 2017, the Future of Privacy Forum’s Research Coordination Network partnered with Facebook, Bentley University and University of Central Florida to host a workshop titled “Bridging Industry and Academia to Tackle Responsible Research and Privacy Practices”. As the title infers, the purpose of the workshop was to bring together key stakeholders from across industry, civil society, and academia to advance the privacy research agenda, focusing on topics including data analytics and privacy-preserving technologies, privacy and ethics in user research and people-centered privacy design.

Financial Data Localization: Conflicts and Consequences
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December 7, 2017 | FPF Staff

Financial Data Localization: Conflicts and Consequences

How has the growing trend of global financial data localization laws affected financial institutions handling difficult questions of data privacy? What have been the practical impacts of these laws? FPF addresses these questions in a new info-graphic: “Financial Data Localization: Conflicts and Consequences.”

NAI Combines Web, Mobile, and Cross-Device Tracking Rules for 2018
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December 5, 2017 | Stacey Gray

NAI Combines Web, Mobile, and Cross-Device Tracking Rules for 2018

The Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) released its 2018 Code of Conduct yesterday, consolidating the rules for online and mobile behavioral advertising (interest-based advertising). NAI, a non-profit organization in Washington, DC, is the leading self-regulatory association for digital advertising, with over 100 members and a formalized internal review mechanism.

EDPS Highlights EU-US Privacy Engineering Workshop
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November 30, 2017 | Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna

EDPS Highlights EU-US Privacy Engineering Workshop

Details on the EU-US privacy engineering workshop were published in European Data Protection Supervisor’s latest newsletter. This workshop was organized by the Internet Privacy Engineering Network (IPEN), Future of Privacy Forum, KU Leuven and Carnegie Mellon University, on November 10, in Leuven.

FPF Comments on the FTC and Department of Education Student Privacy and Ed Tech Workshop
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November 27, 2017 | Lindsey Barrett

FPF Comments on the FTC and Department of Education Student Privacy and Ed Tech Workshop

On Friday, November 17th, 2017, the Future of Privacy Forum filed comments with the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Education in conjunction with their upcoming workshop, to be held on December 1st. The workshop will examine the privacy issues inherent to the use of educational technology in schools, and consider the intersection of the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).