Posts by Jules Polonetsky

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Consumer Genetic Testing: Beginning to Assess Privacy Practices

Genetic testing is becoming more widely available to consumers; such testing can be an exciting new opportunity to help individuals flesh out family histories, discover cultural connections, and learn about their personal backgrounds. The availability of low-cost genetic sequencing and analysis has led to numerous businesses offering a variety of services, including some that provide detailed health and wellness reports that explain how genetics can influence risks for certain diseases. The enthusiastic public response demonstrates that there is great demand for this knowledge.

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Homomorphic Encryption Signals the Future for Socially Valuable Research on Private Data

Encryption has become a cornerstone of the technologies that support communication, commerce, banking, and myriad other essential activities in today’s digital world. In an announcement this week, Google revealed a new marketing attribution tool that relies on a particular type of advanced encryption to allow advertisers to understand whether their online ads have resulted in in-store purchases.

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The Privacy Policy Snapshot Challenge – $20,000 First Prize.

The Privacy Policy Snapshot Challenge calls upon developers, designers, health data privacy experts, and creative, out-of-the-box thinkers to use the US Department of Health and Human Services ONC’s Model Privacy Notice template to create an online tool that can generate a user-friendly “snapshot” of a product’s privacy practices.

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Uber and Location Permission

Uber recently announced that its iOS app will require access to location data either “Always” or “Never.” Given some of the confusion about the change, we are writing to help consumers better understand what Uber modified and why.

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Student Privacy Pledge Loopholes? Nope. We Did Our Homework.

The Student Privacy Pledge was introduced over two years ago by the Future of Privacy Forum and the Software and Information Industry Association. It was endorsed by the White House and published at the forefront of the movement to clarify responsible practices in the collection, protection, and use of student data as the presence of technology in schools expanded. The Pledge has since been signed by more than 300 ed tech companies as a way to help demonstrate their commitment to student privacy.

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Kids, Connected Toys and Devices, and Privacy

At FPF, we recognize the benefits that connected home technologies can provide to individuals, families, and kids. We also know that privacy issues can make or break adoption of connected home tech – particularly questions about whether kids’ privacy and security are sufficiently safeguarded. Families are using voice controlled devices to search the web, play games, and order products.

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Broadband Privacy and the FCC: Protect Consumers from Being Deceived and from Unfair Practices

Left to right: Jon Leibowitz, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Former Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, Professor Peter Swire, Huang Professor of Law and Ethics, Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology, Katharina Kopp, Ph.D., Director of Privacy and Data Project, Center for Democracy & Technology, Debra Berlyn, President, Consumer Policy Solutions, and […]