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FTC should investigate app developers banned by Facebook – Statement by Future of Privacy Forum CEO

Future of Privacy Forum Calls on FTC to Investigate Apps That Misused Consumer Data WASHINGTON, DC – September 20, 2019 – Statement by Future of Privacy Forum CEO Jules Polonetsky regarding Facebook’s announcement that it has banned 400 developers from its app store: The FTC should quickly act against many of these app developers, since […]

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New White Paper Explores Privacy and Security Risk to Machine Learning Systems

FPF and Immuta Examine Approaches That Can Limit Informational or Behavioral Harms WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 20, 2019 – The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) released a white paper, WARNING SIGNS: The Future of Privacy and Security in an Age of Machine Learning, exploring how machine learning systems can be exposed to new privacy and […]

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How the FTC Became a “Super CNIL”

By Winston Maxwell European data protection authorities are quick to remind citizens and companies that the U.S. lacks adequate protection of personal data. Many Europeans therefore assume that the U.S. is a privacy no-man’s-land. Yet on July 24, 2019 the FTC levied a privacy fine against Facebook that is far above GDPR levels, and imposed […]

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Donate to Fund an FPF Fellowship Today

Despite demand for privacy experts at mid and senior levels, it continues to be difficult for young professionals to start a career in this area, and even harder for students without the resources to take low paying internships. And with bias and discrimination playing such a central role in data protection today, the privacy community […]

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Congressional Leaders Join Future of Privacy Forum, Charter Communications to Discuss Consumer Privacy

Will Congress advance a federal privacy law? FPF Vice President of Policy John Verdi spoke with two leading House members to find out. Watch the video below of John’s July 19th conversation with House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection Chair Jan Schakowsky and Ranking Member Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Thank you to Charter Communications […]

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Statement by FPF CEO Jules Polonetsky: Facebook Case Shows It Is Time to Give the FTC Enhanced Civil Penalty Authority

WASHINGTON – July 24, 2019 –Today, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced an unprecedented settlement requiring Facebook to pay $5 billion in civil penalties, create new accountability and compliance mechanisms, and imposing additional injunctive relief. The settlement stems from violations of a 2012 order. The $5 billion penalty is more than 15 times larger than […]

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New Privacy Tech Alliance Promotes Innovative Privacy Technologies

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL – June 25, 2019 – The Future of Privacy Forum and the Israel Tech Policy Institute are launching the Privacy Tech Alliance during CyberWeek 2019, to promote the market for privacy protective technologies internationally, facilitate the development of new technologies, and maximize value for innovators and investors. “As the data ecosystem and regulatory […]

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FPF Welcomes the 2019 Class of Policy Fellows

FPF is pleased to announce the selection of its 2019 Policy Fellows: Katelyn Ringrose, Charlotte Kress, and Anisha Reddy. Working at FPF for one- or two-year terms, Fellows are key members of the FPF policy team. Fellows focus on consumer and commercial privacy issues, from technology-specific areas such as drones, wearables, connected cars, and student privacy, […]

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Personal Data and the Organization: Stewardship and Strategy

Personal data – used lawfully, fairly, and transparently – is central to helping organizations achieve their missions. Today, Boards of Directors, CEOs, policymakers, and others need to understand the wide range of data inputs, the broad scope of risks and benefits, and how privacy and ethics are at the center of an organization’s ability to fulfill […]