Posts by Jules Polonetsky

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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 […]

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Privacy Chutzpah: A Story for the Onion?

I recently received an email promoting a campaign by a group called Some Of Us, an organization that generates petitions opposing various activities of large companies. This campaign was directed at Facebook, calling on the social network to not sell user data to advertisers. Facebook has recently announced plans to allow advertisers to target ads to Facebook users based on […]

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Interest Based Ads and More Transparency

Facebook wasn’t doing interest based advertising until now?  Huh? Most users of Facebook know that the ads they see are selected by Facebook based on information on their profile, what they have “liked” and interests they have selected.  Most have also noticed that if they visit a web site off Facebook like Zappos, they may […]

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Google Responds Promptly to ECJ Ruling on “Right to Be Forgotten”

In a move “welcomed” by privacy advocates, Google today released a web form that allows Europeans to request removal of links to Internet contents that allegedly violate the individuals’ “right to be forgotten.”  The form reflects part of Google’s response to the May 13 landmark rulingfrom the European Court of Justice (ECJ) holding that Google can be forced to remove […]

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Is "Compromise" a Dirty Word?

Policy making used to be about consensus and compromise.  Once upon a time, if you convened a diverse group of participants, each with different interests and sensitivities, and came to an agreed upon understanding, you could declare victory.  Imagine the group that came to this agreement consisted of entities ranging from civil liberties groups to […]

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Big Data: Will We Be Judged By The Tin Man?

Big data, the enhanced ability to collect, store and analyze previously unimaginable quantities of data in tremendous speed and with negligible costs, delivers immense benefits in marketing efficiency, healthcare, environmental protection, national security and more. While some privacy advocates may dispute the merits of sophisticated behavioral marketing practices or debate the usefulness of certain data […]

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Privacy legal fights should focus on intrusion, not hurt feelings

Please see FPF Advisory Board member Neil M. Richards in “Privacy legal fights should focus on intrusion, not hurt feelings”, an article from Washington University in St. Louis Newsroom by Jessica Martin. Richards discusses how American privacy law was created in the 19th and 20th centuries and is an inadequate guide for 21st century privacy […]

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Privacy Legislation Low on Legislators' List of Priorities

Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) participated in the State of the Net West conference on Tuesday of this week where she said prospects were bleak for any privacy legislation to make it through Congress this year. Even though online privacy tops Eshoo’s list of technological priorities, she believes it lands differently on Congress’ list. With debates […]