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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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.
Visa’s Chief Privacy Officer, Russell Schrader, writes about Visa’s approach to consumer privacy and why their customers’ privacy is one of their top concerns. Click here for the full post.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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, […]
Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today released the draft NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards. The draft highlights privacy as an issue that must be addressed as Smart Grid technologies continue to be implemented. Key points from the report include: “The major benefit provided by the Smart Grid, i.e. the ability to get […]