Posts by FPF Staff

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New Resource on FERPA’s Health and Safety Emergency

The Future of Privacy Forum has released a new guide, Disclosing Student Information During School Emergencies: A Primer for Schools, which offers four best practices for information disclosure and answers five frequently asked questions about FERPA’s requirements for sharing information during health or safety emergencies. Read more about this guide in the Future of Privacy Forum’s […]

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CCPA, face to face with the GDPR: An in depth comparative analysis

The General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) (‘GDPR’) and the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (‘CCPA’) both aim to guarantee strong protection for individuals regarding their personal data and apply to businesses that collect, use, or share consumer data, whether the information was obtained online or offline.

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FPF Perspective: Limit Law Enforcement Access to Genetic Datasets

Today, researchers published a paper detailing how governments can use public genetic databases to identify criminal suspects. These activities raise real questions about when it’s appropriate for law enforcement to analyze genetic information, and how best to protect individuals whose genetic data has been analyzed as part of a commercial service, but who are not accused of a crime.

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Privacy Features of iOS 12 and MacOS Mojave

With much media attention focused on new Apple hardware, including new iPhones, Apple also released updated versions of its mobile and desktop operating systems for public download this week. The software upgrades (iOS 12 for iPhones, and macOS 10.14 Mojave for desktop Macs) bring many new features, such as Group FaceTime, options to customize notifications, and aesthetic changes such as an optional desktop “Dark Mode.

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Mobile Platforms Address Data Privacy with 2018 Updates (iOS 12, Mojave, & Android P)

In light of recent debates over Facebook’s role in protecting users’ privacy against third-party app developers, many are recognizing the importance of mobile platforms in safeguarding user data. Apple emphasized privacy in its Worldwide Developers Conference (June 4-8, 2018), highlighting several privacy-related updates to the upcoming macOS and iOS 12. Google also made privacy a focus of their newest mobile operating system, Android P, with several key software updates that will restrict app developers’ access to data.

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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.”

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Law Enforcement Access to Student Records: What Is the Law?

Today, the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) released “Law Enforcement Access to Student Records: A Guide for School Administrators & Ed Tech Service Providers,” written by Amelia Vance and Sarah Williamson. This guide helps to answer some of the basic questions that we have heard from key stakeholders about law enforcement access to data over the past nine months.

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On April 11, Windows Users Get Improved Privacy Protections from Microsoft

FPF is pleased to see the major privacy advances in Microsoft’s upcoming update to Windows 10. The Creator’s Update version of Windows 10 will provide a new privacy dashboard, allows users to limit telemetry information sent back to Microsoft, provides a detailed look at the telemetry information collected, and makes it easy for users to understand what data is collected when they choose basic or advanced installations.

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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.