Posts by FPF Staff

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Does Microsoft + Yahoo = A Privacy Arms Race Among Web Giants?

Does Microsoft + Yahoo = A Privacy Arms Race Among Web Giants? New York Times By Riva Richmond July 31, 2009 When Internet giants team up, civil-liberties advocates tend to worry that their consolidated power will end up hurting the privacy of average users. An agreement between Microsoft and Yahoo to work together on Web […]

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White House Asks Public If It Wants Cookies

White House Asks Public If It Wants Cookies Media Post By Wendy Davis July 24, 2009 The Obama administration is asking the public to weigh in on whether the government should liberalize its 9-year-old policy limiting the use of persistent cookies. In a blog post issued Friday, administration officials asked for opinions about matters including […]

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Zittrain and Cloud Computing

Our friend Jonathan Zittrain’s piece in today’s New York Times entitled “Lost in the Cloud”, raises pertinent and important privacy and competition issues about cloud computing. His main focus is on the concerns for individuals and the ability of companies to innovate if they are subject to the guidelines of the cloud operators. The great […]

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Court: IP Addresses Are Not 'Personally Identifiable' Information

Court: IP Addresses Are Not ‘Personally Identifiable’ Information Media Post By Wendy Davis July 6, 2009 In a ruling that could fuel debate about online privacy, a federal judge in Seattle has held that IP addresses are not personal information. “In order for ‘personally identifiable information’ to be personally identifiable, it must identify a person. […]

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PFF Congressional Seminar: Regulating Online Advertising: What Will it Mean for Consumers, Culture & Journalism? – July 10, 2009

Progress & Freedom Foundation Congressional Seminar Regulating Online Advertising: What Will it Mean for Consumers, Culture & Journalism? July 10, 2009 12:00pm to 2:00pm Capitol Visitor Center Room SVC-208 1st Street and East Capitol Street, NE Washington DC, 20002 Proposals to regulate advertising and data collection on the Internet, mobile phones and other interactive television, […]

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Behavioral Advertisers Need to Change Their Behavior

Behavioral Advertisers Need to Change Their Behavior Roll Call By Jules Polonetsky June 22, 2009 On Thursday, two House Energy and Commerce subcommittees held a joint hearing to discuss something called “behavioral advertising,” the tracking of users’ Web site visits and searches in order to deliver tailored online advertisements. Almost a decade ago to the […]