Posts by FPF Staff

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Ensuring that We Leave Children Behind

This guest post from FPF Advisory Board member Professor Danielle Citron is cross-posted with Concurringopinions.com, one of the top legal blogs. Check out Concurringopinions.com for regular legal and policy from top privacy scholars, including among others FPF Advisory Board members Daniel Solove, Frank Pasquale and Danielle Citron. Ensuring that We Leave Children Behind October 29, […]

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MSNBC's Red Tape Chronicles: What will talking power meters say about you?

What will talking power meters say about you? MSNBC’s Red Tape Chronicles By Bob Sullivan October 9, 2009 Would you sign up for a discount with your power company in exchange for surrendering control of your thermostat? What if it means that, one day, your auto insurance company will know that you regularly arrive home […]

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Next Steps on Smart Grid Privacy

Today, we filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission outlining recommendations to protect consumer privacy on the Smart Grid.  Among our comments we stated: “Viable Smart Grid technologies will rely heavily on the collection, communication, and storage of data from electricity producers, consumers, and other participants in the energy ecosystem.  Although this data can be […]

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A deeper dive into behavioral advertising in Europe

As mentioned in a previous blog post, we had the pleasure of speaking with nugg.ad CEO Stephan Noller last week. Nugg.ad is the German company that has just been awarded the EuroPrise Privacy Seal. nugg.ad’s new behavioral targeting system, Predictive Targeting Networking (PTN) 2.0, received the seal favored by many EU regulators after a vetting […]

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No Flash in the Pan

The use of flash cookies and its impact on privacy has been getting a lot more publicity recently. Earlier this month, Michael Kassner had a good piece on TechRepublic. Now Darren Chin has an interesting take on Eosensa. We have our view on the privacy implications of flash cookies – as well as what pretty […]

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Privacy and the Power Grid

Grid Week 2009 comes to Washington, DC this week and this year’s gathering features some of America’s top policymakers: Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and Aneesh Chopra, the Obama Administration’s CTO. In the coming years, these officials and their departments will make critical decisions about the future of smart grid […]

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Future of Privacy Forum Advisory Board News

FPF is delighted to welcome several new members to our Advisory Board Paul Ohm, associate professor at the University of Colorado Law School. Prof. Ohm is an expert in information privacy, computer crime law, intellectual property, and criminal procedure. To access his most recent paper, “Broken Promises of Privacy: Responding to the Surprising Failure of […]

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FTC to Dig Deeper on Privacy Issues

Back in August, the new head of the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission, David C. Vladeck, sent a strong message that the Commission continued to be troubled by the state of consumer privacy in the U.S. and the current enforcement model. At that time, Vladeck said, “The frameworks that we’ve been […]