Posts by Joseph Jerome

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Comments for the FTC’s Workshop on "Internet of Things"

FPF today offered comments to the FTC in advance of a public workshop on new security and privacy issues presented by growing networks of connected devices.  Commonly referred to as the “Internet of Things,” these physical devices range from appliances and vehicles to our smart phones, and present an elaborate array of objects that capture, […]

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What’s Scary About Big Data, and How to Confront It

Any discussion surrounding the benefits–and the risks–presented by Big Data often focuses on the far-off future.  The world of Minority Report is frequently invoked, but in the wake of April’s “Big Data Week,” it is time to recognize that Big Data is already here.  In their recent book, Big Data: A Revolution that Will Transform […]

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New Study Shows Need for De-identification Best Practices

Publically releasing sensitive information is risky.  In 1997, Latanya Sweeney used full date of birth, 5 digit ZIP code, and gender to show that seemingly anonymous medical data could be linked to an actual person when she uncovered the health information of William Weld, the former governor of Massachusetts.   Sweeney in a new study analyzes […]

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Do Not Track Hearing Takeaways

Organized by Sen. Rockefeller (D-W. Virginia), who has repeatedly pushed for a “Do Not Track” law, yesterday’s Senate Commerce Commerce Committee hearing  on Do Not Track (DNT) was billed as an opportunity for industry to provide senators with an update on how voluntary DNT standards were proceeding.  Joined by Senators Blumenthal, Heller, McCaskill, and Thune, […]

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Increasing Calls for a Big Data Dialog

Big Data promises to open new doors to curing diseases, cleaning the environment, and easing life’s burdens, but is it opening too many doors?  Writing for The New York Times on Sunday, Steve Lohr suggested that the privacy challenges posed by Big Data are so large that it might trump any potential benefits.  The surveillance […]

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Swimming in the Big Data Ocean

Even as it promises breakthroughs in healthcare, the environment, and how individuals understand the world, Big Data may also be a powerful tool in the national security space. On Wednesday, the Journal of National Security Law & Policy, along with the Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law, launched their first symposium by addressing […]

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Mobile and the Connected Car

At this week’s DC Mobile Monday event, the potential of the connected car provided enthusiastic discussion.  As our cars get smarter, they promise not only seamless infotainment and geolocational tracking features but also the capacity to communicate with other connected cars and our mechanics, improving safety and saving drivers time and money. While these are […]

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Big Data and Privacy: Same Old Concerns or Something New?

Even as Big Data is used to chart flu outbreaks and improve winter weather forecasts, Big Data continues to generate important policy debates. Watching businesses and advocates argue over the use of “data” to measure human behavior in order to cut through both political ideology and personal intuition, David Brooks declares in The New York […]