Posts by FPF Staff

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FPF Advisory Board Member Lorrie Cranor Submits CUPS Reports to FTC

FPF Advisory Board member Lorrie Cranor, Director of CUPS (CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Lab) at Carnegie Mellon University informs us that the Lab has issued two new technical reports and submitted them as public comments to the FTC’s exploring privacy roundtable series. Here are the abstracts, but the full studies are definitely worth reading! […]

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Advertising Privacy

Almost every time we go online, using our computers or mobile devices, each of us produces data in some form. This data may contain only oblique information about who we are and what we are doing, but when enough of it is aggregated, facts about us which we believed were private has the potential to […]

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Congratulations to Annie Anton

Congratulations to our friend and advisory board member Profesoor Annie Anton on being named an ACM Distinguished Scientist. http://www.acm.org/press-room/news-releases/distinguished-09/

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Smart meters touted for ability to help conserve, but critics are skeptical

Smart meters touted for ability to help conserve, but critics are skeptical Argus Leader Thom Gabrukiewicz November 10, 2009 Empowering electric customers to save money through conservation is the government’s great hope for smart metering, but not everyone buys into the technology. Some have concerns about just who would benefit financially, consumer or utilities. Others […]

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IAPP Practical Privacy Series

Jules and Chris will be attending and speaking at the IAPP Practical Privacy Series on December 8 and 9 in Washington, DC. On Tuesday, December 8 IAPP will host a conference devoted exclusively to the Federal Trade Commission and privacy protection. On Wednesday, December 9 IAPP will host a workshop for government privacy professionals, with […]

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The 2009 Conference on Cross Border Data Flows, Data Protection and Privacy

Jules will moderate a discussion on November 18th called the “Privacy and Social Networking Services” Panel, from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., at the 2009 Conference on Cross Border Data Flows & Privacy, hosted by the Department of Commerce in conjunction with the European Commission. Click here for more information on the conference or visit the […]

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New 'Smart' Electrical Meters Raise Privacy Issues

New ‘Smart’ Electrical Meters Raise Privacy Issues Agence France Presse By Daniel Silva Friday, November 6, 2009 MADRID (AFP) – The new “smart meters” utilities are installing in homes around the world to reduce energy use raise fresh privacy issues because of the wealth of information about consumer habits they reveal, experts said Friday. The […]

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Online Age Verification for Our Children

Today, Jules is in Madrid presenting at the 31st International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners on online age verification. Protecting the privacy and safety of children and ensuring they do not access inappropriate content or environments continues to be a priority for parents. Service providers, educators, governments and others are working to ensure […]

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How Privacy (Or Lack of It) Could Sabatoge the Grid

How Privacy (Or Lack of It) Could Sabatoge the Grid SmartGridNews.com By Jules Polonetsky and Christopher Wolf In October, President Obama announced $3.4 billion in federal grants to help build our nation’s Smart Grid. The President said that the technology that will make up the Smart Grid will make the nation’s power transmission system more […]

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Privacy and the Smart Grid: New Frontiers, New Challenges

Today, Jules is in Madrid presenting at “Privacy by Design: The Definitive Workshop” on privacy issues and the Smart Grid. While upgrading our power system by introducing two-way data flows could lead to a cleaner environment, reduced power costs, and more reliable utility service, there are data privacy issues that must be addressed if consumers […]