Posts by FPF Staff

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Ethical and Privacy Protective Academic Research and Corporate Data

Is edtech helping or hindering student education?  What effect does social media have on elections? What types of user interfaces help users manage privacy settings?  Can the data collected by wearables inform health care?  In almost every area of science, academic researchers are seeking access to personal data held by companies to advance their work. […]

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NAI’s 2020 Code of Conduct Expands Self-Regulation for Ad Tech Providers

By Christy Harris, Stacey Gray, and Meredith Richards As debates over the shape of federal privacy legislation in the United States continue, online advertising remains a key focus of scrutiny in the US Congress, with its recent hearing on digital advertising and data privacy. Amidst these debates, the Networking Advertising Initiative (NAI), the leading self-regulatory body […]

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As Legislators Debate Ad Tech, Browsers and Operating Systems Announce New Technical Controls

Congress continues to hold data privacy hearings, including yesterday’s Understanding the Digital Advertising Ecosystem and the Impact of Data Privacy and Competition Policy. The continued debate over adtech practices is reaching a crescendo, making the case for quick action on a comprehensive federal privacy law that can set parameters for how personal data is collected, […]

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Future of Privacy Forum Releases Policymaker’s Guide to Student Data Privacy

Plain-Language Resource for Policymakers Addresses Student Privacy WASHINGTON, DC – April 4, 2019 – Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) has released The Policymaker’s Guide to Student Data Privacy, a crucial resource for federal, state, and local policymakers interested in developing thoughtful student data privacy legislation. Since 2014, state policymakers have built new legal frameworks, passing […]

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Representatives Latta, Schakowsky To Highlight Data and Privacy Considerations for Connected Vehicles at MobilityTalks International Conference

Remarks Set for Morning of April 3 at Conference Produced by The Washington Auto Show Future of Privacy Forum’s Lauren Smith to Moderate Discussion on Privacy Risks in Today’s Vehicles WASHINGTON, March 29, 2019 — The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and two senior members of Congress will discuss data and privacy in connected vehicles […]

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40 Organizations Release Principles For School Safety, Privacy, and Equity

WASHINGTON, DC (March 27, 2019) – Today, FPF and 39 other education, privacy, disability rights, and civil rights organizations released ten principles to protect all students’ safety, privacy, and right to an equal education. The principles are meant to serve as a starting point for conversations with policymakers and school officials about how to keep […]

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FPF Welcomes Mark MacCarthy as Senior Fellow

The Future of Privacy Forum is pleased to announce the addition of Mark MacCarthy as a Senior Fellow. MacCarthy will work with FPF staff and members on data ethics, artificial intelligence and other issues. “Mark has been a leading champion for responsible data practices and has worked to incorporate thinking from academia and civil society […]

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FPF Comments on the Washington Privacy Act, SB 5376

Today, the Future of Privacy Forum submitted comments to the Washington State Senate Ways & Means Committee on the proposed Washington Privacy Act, Senate Bill 5376. FPF takes a “neutral” position regarding the Bill, and makes a few important points. FPF commends the Bill’s sponsors for addressing a broad set of individual data protection rights. […]

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FamilyTreeDNA Agreement with FBI Creates Privacy Risks

Company’s Deal with Law Enforcement Surprises Consumers and Is Out-of-Step with Industry Norms and Best Practices  By John Verdi and Carson Martinez Last week, FamilyTreeDNA announced an agreement with the FBI to allow agents to test DNA samples from crime scenes, develop genetic profiles, and identify familial matches. This agreement marks the first time a […]