Posts by Brenda Leong

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Google To De-Mystify Ad-Targeting

Wired quoted FPF’s Jules Polonetsky today in an article on Google’s new program called “Why These Ads.” Google announced the new feature to help consumers understand why they receive certain ads. To see the full article and read Jules’ quotes, please click here.

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New Study Reveals Unintended Consequences of COPPA

In an effort to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), an act that requires parental consent for the online collection of information about children under 13, most social networking sites simply ban children under 13 from using their service. A peer-reviewed study released today, “Why Parents Help Their Children Lie to Facebook About Age: Unintended Consequences of the […]

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Research Released on Usability of Internet Privacy Tools

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University released a study today titled, “Why Johnny Can’t Opt Out: A Usability Evaluation of Tools to Limit Online Behavioral Advertising.”  ”All nine of the tools we tested have serious usability flaws,” said Lorrie Cranor, director of the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory (CUPS). Read the full press release here.

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Microsoft Measures Consumer Online Safety Awareness

Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), a guest speaker at the Microsoft Digital Citizen event, applauded Microsoft’s efforts to quantify consumer perceptions of Internet safety, security, and privacy; while cautioning prescriptive interventions.  “Congress needs to adopt the philosophy of first do no harm, but only once you have a defined harm,” said Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). “We […]

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Chris Wolf Participates in ITU Telecom World in Geneva

FPF’s Chris Wolf is currently participating in the International Telecommunications Union’s Telecom World in Geneva. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is part of the United Nations and handles issues in information and communications technology. Chris is on a panel discussing cybersecurity challenges and was also invited to submit his paper The Role of Government in Commercial […]

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French Gathering of Global Govt & Bus Leaders Focus on Privacy

  By Chris Wolf, FPF Founder and Co-Chair On October 21st, I was invited by the French Minister for Industry, Energy and the Digital Economy, Eric Besson, to participate in a seminar on the future of the Internet in Paris. The privacy session was entitled “Reconciling the Internet business model and respect for privacy” and […]

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ISPAB to Address Smart Grid Issues

The Commerce Department/NIST Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board (ISPAB) is holding its December meeting tomorrow in Washington, DC.  On the agenda is a discussion about privacy, security and the smart grid, led by FPF Co-Chair Jules Polonetsky, Dave Dalva, Senior Security Strategist at Cisco, and Lynn McNulty, Director of Government Affairs at (ISC)2. ISPAB […]

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NARUC Defers Smart Grid Resolution

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners was scheduled to vote on a smart grid privacy resolution at their November meeting in Chicago last week.  However, it appears that the regulators did not adopt the proposed resolution.  Our sources tell us that it was deferred, hopefully to be taken up at the February NARUC meeting.  […]

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Utility Regulators Vote on Smart Grid Privacy Resolution

This week, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) is holding their annual meeting in Chicago. On Wednesday, the Commissioners will vote on passing a new resolution that will address privacy concerns and the development of the Smart Grid. We applaud the proposed resolution (see pg. 16) which will call for clear notices, consent, […]