Posts by Jules Polonetsky

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FTC Considering New Privacy Paradigms

A few articles covering remarks by new FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection Director Dave Vladeck have described some of the latest thinking at the Commission.  Here is a synopsis from the law firm of Perkins Coie. –Over the past ten years the agency has followed two approaches. Neither has worked well. The first was notice […]

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Could Bozeman Montana city officials be prosecuted for Facebook snooping?

Bozeman city officials are requiring certain applicants to hand over social media passwords for background checks. From the Lori Drew case, we know that violating a social network site’s Terms of Service could be charged as a crime. Here is the relevant language in the Facebook Terms of Service. “You will not share your password, […]

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FTC Letter to Congress regarding Behavioral Ads

The Commission today sent the Energy and Commerce Subcommittees holding a joint hearing looking in to behavioral ads a letter ,  noting that it is closely monitoring industry efforts to step up privacy efforts.  They also reference the FPF research project underway.  After members gave opening statements, the hearing  was interrupted by a series of […]

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What is a browser?

Relying on your privacy policy to give user’s notice and choice? Watch this video where 50 people in Times Square were asked “What is a browser?” It’s not exactly a scientific study, but you get the point about the communication challenges involved if reading a page about browsers, cookies and IP addresses is supposed to […]

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An interesting ITIF Event

The Cost of Privacy: A Debate on the Impact of Privacy Laws on Health IT Adoption As the Obama Administration moves forward with plans to modernize health care by encouraging the use of electronic medical records (EMR), some parties continue to raise concerns about privacy. Strong privacy laws may help protect confidential patient information and […]

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FetchBack – The Retargeting Company

Ad network FetchBack is now adding a link to its ads that take users to an informational and opt-out page.  This is certainly another step in the right direction, so we offer our compliments. That being said,  without a screenshot of what the little link on the ad looks like, the value to users of […]

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In Depth Review of Social Networks and Privacy

Thanks to Prof. Michael Zimmer for his post about this University of Cambridge in depth comparison and study of social network privacy controls and policies.  Kudos to my former Bebo colleagues for being rated on top of the pack.  Not sure I agree with the conclusion that sites are intentionally playing a sophisticated communications name […]

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Web Analytics Companies: Let Your Voices Be Heard!

    Web Analytics Companies: Let Your Voices Be Heard! Over the past year, FPF and other groups including CDT , EFF and the Federal Web Managers Council have proposed revisions to the current limitations on use of cookies by the federal government.One area where many seem to agree is that allowing government to use […]

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Economic Value of the Advertising Supported Internet

What is the value of all the advertising on the internet? The IAB has a report out.  Some interesting facts and figures including a nice chart on where all those internet workers are located.  One area that is not covered, and where a proper methodology would be hard but I think possible, would be drilling […]