Posts by Jules Polonetsky

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FPF Icon Project Cited By EU Article 29 Working Party

The EU Article 29 Working Party has issued an opinion on the need under EU law for consumer opt-ins for behavioral advertising that involves online tracking. Our friends at Hogan Lovells have provided this analysis on their blog.  In calling for “simple and effective mechanisms for users to affirmatively give their consent for online behavioral […]

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Tying IP Addresses to Offline Data

This morning Media Post’s Wendy Davis reported on ClearSight Interactive’s new behavioral targeting platform, which allows marketers to target Web users based on the profiles associated with their specific neighborhoods.

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The Future of Privacy Legislation: A Conversation with Congressmen Rick Boucher and Cliff Stearns

On Wednesday, Representatives Rick Boucher (D-VA) and Cliff Stearns (R-FL), Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, spoke exclusively with the Future of Privacy Forum and a select group of privacy advocates, academics, and members of the business community about the discussion draft of privacy legislation the Congressmen […]

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Firefox Soon to Dent Behavioral Advertising?New Plans for Third Party Cookies.

A  friend just flagged to us the following activity on the Mozilla message boards indicating the latest updates to the browser code that is the base for the Firefox browser will dramatically change the handling of third party cookies.  Comments by Dan Wittes, leader of the cookie module at Mozilla,  explain that the current default ‘accept third […]

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Google: Delete Here, Not There!

Our “privacy community” readers are probably very well aware that Google has recently admitted that the company’s Street View cars had been collecting the contents of communications sent over unsecured WiFi networks.  The European authorities are incensed about this revelation and today we read reports that the FTC may be investigating. We trust that regulators, […]

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Behavioral Ads Good for Business, Sez the NAI

The Network Advertising Initiative report released today, showing the performance and value of behavioral advertising, demonstrates the importance of policy-makers and businesses getting the balance of controls right in this area.  We need to ensure that data enhanced advertising can continue to play a role in the ad economy, but we also need to provide […]

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New Article 29 Working Party Chair Jacob Kohnstamm

We are pleased to congratulate Jacob Kohnstamm, Chair of the Dutch Data Protection Authority, for being elected the new chairman of the Article 29 Working party.  Mr Kohnstamm visited the Future of Privacy Forum offices during his last visit to the U.S. and we enjoyed greatly the chance to discuss with him the issues on our […]

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Flash Cookie

We have done multiple blog posts warning about mis-use of flash cookies, so we are not going to harp on the issue again.  And although it is flattering to be called a watchdog, we are just a small consumer privacy and technology focused think tank focused on advancing responsible data use practices.  So if you […]