Posts by Jules Polonetsky

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Breaking News: Firefox 'Do Not Track' Advances

Future of Privacy Forum comments on Firefox’s plans to implement a Do Not track feature in Firefox 4: “Firefox is advancing the “Do Not Track” concept by providing a simpler and more effective way to opt-out of behavioral ads, but in a way that is likely to allow most ad networks to continue to deliver […]

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Commerce Privacy Report: FPF Comment

The report is a sophisticated effort to advance consumer privacy without thwarting innovation.  Although it sets a framework that will influence legislation, it provides a creative alternate path for mode of government initiated self regulation, with advocates at the table and the FTC providing enforcement.  If businesses respond by taking to call to serious engage […]

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Future of Privacy Forum Releases Statement on Federal Trade Commission’s Privacy Report

WASHINGTON – The Federal Trade Commission released their preliminary staff report on “Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers” on December 1. The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) released the following statement in response to the report. This statement should be attributed to Jules Polonetsky and/or Christopher Wolf, co-chairs of the Future of Privacy Forum:

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"Do Not Track" – Update

Some Background Notes on Do Not Track – in  Advance of the Future of Privacy Panel and the Energy and Commerce Hearing Today’s Wall Street Journal article by Julia Angwin focuses on the upcoming “Do Not Track” events taking place this week, including the FPF program on Wednesday, and provides some background on recent developments.  […]

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Topsy Turvy World of Privacy

Topsy Turvy World of Privacy: World Privacy Forum blasts FTC  for not taking action against companies who falsely claim they are in Safe Harbor or who don’t live up to Safe Harbor committments. Advocates critique FTC for not taking enforcement action on numerous complaints they file and argue the FTC support for self-regulation is misguided, […]

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A US Privacy Leader

Two weeks ago in Jerusalem at the annual conference of Data Protection Commissioners, Assistant Secretary of Commerce Larry Strickling announced that Commerce Department would be calling for the creation of a new US privacy office. Here is how Strickling described the role: ” In the area of privacy, I believe that the U.S. Government should […]

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Privacy Showdown? Not! The US is finally "in the game"!

It was very disappointing to read today’s NYTimes story which raised the idea that the Department of Commerce was focusing on privacy in order to somehow head off the FTC’s upcoming report on a privacy framework.  We at FPF and many others have been urging the Administration to step into the privacy efforts in the private sector […]

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Congressman Rush Pushes Privacy Agenda With Introduction of Bill

Yesterday Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush, Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection introduced H.R. 5777 the “Building Effective Strategies To Promote Responsibility Accountability Choice Transparency Innovation Consumer Expectations and Safeguards Act”, or BEST PRACTICES Act of 2010.  The bill adds to the contentious privacy debate that came […]

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"HTTP Everywhere" Browser Security – A Step In the Right Direction

The following piece is a guest blog from Mark Goldstein, CIPP. Goldstein is a privacy/security consultant and previously served as a senior director in AOL’s consumer advocacy and privacy department. Most consumers are aware that they should look for the “padlock” icon on their browser when visiting their online bank. The “padlock” tells the consumer […]