Posts by FPF Staff

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Regulating the Online Advertising Market: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Today, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing to examine the broad policy issues facing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Commissioners Pai, Clyburn, and O’Rielly outlined their priorities for the FCC, and answered questions about their proposed plans—including for the future of net neutrality and privacy of data collected online.

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Purpose or Interest: that is the question!

We are pleased to present this guest post from Prof. Lokke Moerel, a leading EU privacy lawyer. We think her blog and paper are fascinating and important contributions to the current discussion of key privacy topics, including big data, the Internet of Things, and EU data protection laws.

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Privacy plays major role in new federal government guidance on transgender student rights

Recently, the Department of Justice and the state of North Carolina have filed counter-suits regarding the state’s so called “bathroom bill.” The North Carolina “Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act” requires students to use public restrooms that correspond with their sex assigned at birth and not with the gender with which they identify.

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The CNIL released its inspection program for 2016 revealing sectors of focus

In 2016, the CNIL plans to conduct between 400 and 450 inspections: 25% of inspections will be related to the three themes set out in the CNIL’s 2016 annual program, 20% will be based on complaints received by the CNIL, 35% will be undertaken after formal notices or sanctions, at the CNIL’s initiative or related to news topics, and the remaining 20% will aim to check video surveillance systems.

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White House Releases Report on Big Data and Discrimination

FPF has been an early and eager participant in this discussion and was pleased to see the report’s appreciation for the potential of Big Data. In dealing with the risks of discrimination posed by realization of Big Data’s potential, FPF sees strong data ethics framework as a necessary and effective addition to the raw potential of technology.

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EU-US Privacy Shield Gets Nuanced Review by EU Privacy Regulators

On April 13, 2016, the Article 29 Working Party (Working Party) released its review of the EU-US Privacy Shield (Privacy Shield), the proposed new framework for US companies to transfer data from the EU to the US. The review of the Working Party was nuanced, giving strong credit for improvements by the Privacy Shield over […]

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The FBI and the iPhone in Your Pocket

Consider the data on your iPhone for a moment. Emails, pictures, passwords, credit cards, location history, contacts and more. Imagine your phone unlocked in the hands of a criminal who snatched it, or someone who wanted to embarrass you who peeked at it, or a hacker who remotely accessed it. Today, if you have a […]

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Future of Privacy Forum Statement Regarding Electronic Frontier Foundation Student Privacy Complaint

In response to the allegations made today that Google has violated commitments of the Student Privacy Pledge (SPP), FPF Executive Director Jules Polonetsky issued the following statement: “We have reviewed the EFF complaint but do not believe it has merit.  Chrome Sync is a setting within the control of the school IT administrator, and can […]