FPF is closed for Juneteenth as our staff reflects on both the history and current state of racism in America. Our social media accounts will be silent, other than to elevate voices that can help us learn and take action on issues such as equity and inclusion. In that spirit, we would like to call […]
Posts by Jules Polonetsky
As a privacy expert, if my local health department develops a mobile app for people with a COVID diagnosis to alert anyone they were near, will I use it? Yes, I will. And I will urge friends, neighbors and colleagues to download such an app. I have an immuno-compromised family member in my household. I am […]
FPF is delighted to announce that Dr. Rachele Hendricks-Sturrup has joined the staff as health policy counsel, strengthening FPF’s commitment to supporting the data protection and ethics guidelines needed for health data. In this role, Rachele will work with stakeholders to advance opportunities for data to be used for research and real world evidence, improve patient […]
We are pleased to see Facebook’s response, but are looking forward to understanding how to best address the broader issues for all stakeholders. These issues are important to discuss – they are not going away.
Former FPF Advisory Board Member (and former IAPP Chairman of Board) James Byrne was confirmed on Friday by the United States Senate to be General Counsel of the Veterans Administration. Jim has had a great career as a privacy leader at Lockheed Martin, and is a great choice to help address the many challenges facing the VA and our veterans. We have appreciated his advice, support and friendship and look forward to his success. We wish him good luck!
We learned yesterday of the passing of Elise Berkower, a dear friend and one of the unsung heroes in the world of digital privacy.
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.
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.
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.