Posts by FPF Staff

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FTC Cites FPF Work in Letter to Congress Regarding Behavioral Ads

Today, the Commission sent the Energy and Commerce Subcommittees holding a joint hearing examining behavioral ads a letter, noting that the FTC is closely monitoring industry efforts to step up privacy efforts.  Within the letter, they also reference the FPF research project underway.  After members gave opening statements, the hearing was interrupted by a series […]

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FPF Launches Leading Practices Gallery

Today, two House Energy and Commerce Subcommittees are holding a joint hearing to discuss behavioral advertising. Clearly, Congressional leaders continue to have concerns about the technologies used to track users Web activity and are dissatisfied with current practices. The FTC has repeatedly expressed its dissatisfaction with the status quo. And significant numbers of consumers themselves […]

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Gallery of Leading Practices

In order to encourage companies to further develop innovative means of communicating with its users about data use and behavioral advertising, The Future of Privacy Forum highlights the following companies for taking the lead in providing transparency and control to its customers. If you are aware of other companies that deserve a “cheer”, please let […]

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FPF Adds Two New Advisory Board Members

FPF is thrilled to announce the addition of two new members to our advisory board, which includes leading figures from industry, academia, law and advocacy groups.  Today we welcome Marcia Hofmann, staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and Danielle Citron, an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Maryland School of Law. […]

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"Know Privacy" Report Contains Interesting Observations

“KnowPrivacy” is a collaborative research project by Class of 2009 graduates of the Masters program at the University of California Berkeley School of Information.  FPF advisory board member Chris Hoofnagle helped advise the students.  In the project, the students examined the common practices among website operators of collecting, sharing and analyzing data about their users, […]

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PrivacyCamp Washington, DC 2009

Co-sponsored by the Center for Democracy and Technology, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and the Future of Privacy Forum (among others), this inaugural “unconference” brings together interested individuals and organizations to share knowledge and foster collaboration. The event is June 20th, 2009, from 8AM to 5PM at the Center for American Progress (1333 H Street […]

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FPF Files Comments to FCC on National Broadband Plan

Yesterday, the Future of Privacy Forum filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about the National Broadband Plan, which the Commission will be formulating over the next several months (FCC Notice of Inquiry Docket – 09-51).  As a think tank focused on promoting greater transparency and consumer online data use, we believe that privacy […]

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Volume of the Obama Administration on Privacy

Our friend Saul Hansell at the New York Times has a piece today entitled “The Obama Administration’s Silence on Privacy, ” which references a speech given yesterday at the Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference.  The speech was made by Susan Crawford, a science and technology advisor to President Obama.  While we are often in synch […]

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IAB Issues Best Practices for Social Ads

So-called “social ads” are those that display data and reflect actions taken by social network members. Recently, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) released its “Social Advertising Best Practices”, [LINK HERE], developed by a 151-company committee with 218 members including MySpace, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, SocialMedia.com, CBS, Accenture, PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLC, Condé Nast Digital, IDG Entertainment, and Nielsen Online.