Posts by Joseph Jerome

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Making Perfect De-Identification the Enemy of Good De-Identification

This week, Ann Cavoukian and Dan Castro waded into the de-identification debate with a new whitepaper, arguing that the risk of re-identification has been greatly exaggerated and that de-identification will play a central role in the age of big data. FPF has repeatedly called for the need for informed conversations about what practical de-identification requires, […]

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The Need for Privacy and Technology in our Schools: Rethinking Privacy in Education

Last Thursday, Jules Polonetsky participated in a Congressional E-Learning Caucus Briefing on “Data Privacy in Education” on Capitol Hill. Moderating the discussion was Intel’s David Hoffman, who today summarized his thoughts on the event: The demise of inBloom and many of the findings of the Pew research point to a need for continued dialogue on the […]

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Comments for the White House "Big Data Review"

This afternoon, FPF submitted comments to help inform the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s “Big Data Review.” Announced in January, the White House Big Data Review has been a helpful exercise in scoping out how big data is changing our society.  Through public workshops at MIT, NYU, and Berkeley, the review has […]

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White House/MIT Big Data Privacy Workshop Recap

Speaking for everyone snowed-in in DC, White House Counselor John Podesta remarked that “big snow trumped big data,” while on the phone to open the first of the Obama Administration’s three big data and privacy workshops.  This first workshop focused on advancing the “start of the art” in technology and practice.  While these workshops are ultimately the […]

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Privacy Papers on Capitol Hill — March 5

In conjunction with Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, FPF will be presenting our fourth annual “Privacy Papers for Policy Makers” next Wednesday, March 5th.  The event will be held in Rayburn House Office Building Room 2103 from 8:30 – 9:45 AM, coffee and breakfast will be provided. Event is sold out. Featured at the event will be Professors Kenneth […]

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Essays on Big Data and Privacy

A collection of essays by leading scholars and privacy advocates on the legal, technological, social, and policy implications of Big Data, emerging out of our 2013 Big Data and Privacy…

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Additional Comments to the FTC about the Internet of Things

On Friday, the Future of Privacy Forum provided an additional set of comments to the FTC in the wake of the Commission’s workshop on the Internet of Things (IoT) last November.   The comments expand on FPF’s recent white paper, An Updated Privacy Paradigm for the “Internet of Things”, and address two important themes from the […]

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Study Suggests Broad-Based Consumer Concerns about Privacy

An October study published by McGraw Hill Financial Global Institute cautions that consumers believe they are losing control of their online privacy.  The report from authors at J.D. Power suggests that a majority of consumers feel they have lost control over how their personal information is collected and used, suggesting a lack of consumer trust […]

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Testimony on Privacy Policies before the California State Assembly

This morning, Jules Polonetsky, FPF’s Executive Director, will be speaking before the California State Assembly Joint Committee Hearing on Digital Privacy on the question of whether privacy policies adequately protect consumer privacy.  Jules’ testimony will note that “[p]rivacy policies are not useful for many consumers, but are essential accountability mechanisms. Consumers need to be able to […]