Posts by FPF Staff

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No More Spammy FaceBook Apps

Remember all those FaceBook Apps that would spam users or trick you into spamming your friends when you downloaded them? FaceBook cracked down on them long ago, pretty much puttting a stop to the egregious behaviors that were messing with the user experience. Of course, some application developers have sought to work around the new […]

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White House New Media Team Grows

Good news for those of us who want to see the White House leading savvy but privacy smart efforts to use social media! Bev has done some great work at USA.gov and with the Federal Web Manager’s Council and now joins the White House New Media team.

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FaceBook Privacy

All FaceBook has a very useful set of tips for using all the key FaceBook privacy controls. Nick has really nailed the most important tips, so check it out!

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New from TRUSTe on Behavioral Advertising

It is particularly pleasing that this checklist lays out some of the leading practices of the future for behavioral advertising – ways to give users more transparency and control, and minimizing the retention of data that is not needed. From the document: Self-regulation is a process often preceded by leading companies beginning to strengthen practices […]

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The Future of Privacy Forum Consumer Privacy Agenda for the New Administration

1. Appoint a Chief Privacy Officer to Promote Fair Information Practices in the Public and Private Sectors. We embrace the idea of government catching up to industry by creating the central role of a Chief Technology Officer, as has been announced. But we also point out the need — recognized by hundreds of privacy-sensitive companies […]

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Flash Cookies and Privacy

We are glad to read that Adobe is working with browser companies to incorporate Flash cookie controls into the current browser cookie controls. This is long overdue! Given that most consumers have no idea that Flash cookie controls exist or where to find them, companies should be very wary of using this type of cookie […]

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Search Log Files – Ad Server Log Files

Microsoft has agreed with the Article 29 Working Party of EU data regulators that they will remove cookies and IP addresses from search data after 6 months, but only if Google and Yahoo also go along. We will comment further about this, but are already thinking about the next issue – ad server log file […]

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Pew on FaceBook Connect

Amanda Lenhart of Pew thinks FaceBook is off-base with plans for FaceBook Connect because of the complexity that will be added to the average user’s identity management desires. Perhaps we are extroverts, but we are optimistic that FaceBook will have done the work needed to make use of this extension of FaceBook into the rest […]

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Reality Mining

Two must reads in today’s New York Times: The first, a story by John Markoff, explores the advances in “reality mining”, a term coined to capture the risks and opportunities of data-mining a full range of data about users, from location, to shopping, to online. It is hard to read this article, without understanding the […]