Posts by Jules Polonetsky

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Microsoft to delete full Search IP addresses after 6 months

The news is just in that Microsoft is announcing that it will delete full IP addresses from their Bing search engine log files after 6 months. In July 2009, when Microsoft and YAHOO announced their search partnership, we predicted that real competition in the search arena between Google and Microsoft could lead to privacy benefits […]

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Folks really need to get the message about flash cookies

Flash Cookies Could Become Hot-Button Privacy Issue Wendy Davis, MediaPost Web users are not yet deleting Flash cookies as often as they shed more traditional cookies, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to use Flash technology to track consumers online. That’s according to a new report commissioned by media audit company BPA Worldwide. […]

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Comments to the FCC on Open Internet and Broadband

This afternoon we filed comments to the FCC which address their October 22nd 2009 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) focused on “Preserving the Open Internet and Broadband Industry Practices.” The FCC’s request for comments are an important opportunity for us to highlight the fact that Broadband access and use implicates numerous privacy and data security […]

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Intel, Microsoft Offer Smart-Sign Technology

Another good location for the FPF personalization icons? Retailers, Product Marketers Could Discern Viewer, Make Choices on What to Display and Transfer Coupons Via Phone WSJ Jan 12, 2010 Intel Corp. and Microsoft Corp. are promoting the idea of advanced digital signs in stores that aren’t just for shoppers to look at. These look back. […]

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Important Comments by the FTC Chair and the Consumer Protection Chief to the NY Times Today

http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/11/ftc-has-internet-gone-beyond-privacy-policies/ Some key points excerpted here: “Previous commissions had looked at privacy under the framework of whether consumers were harmed, and with the basis that companies must advise consumers about what they’re doing and obtain their consent, Mr. Leibowitz said. But companies “haven’t given consumers effective notice, so they can make effective choices,” he said. […]

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Data transfers from the EU to Israel soon to be "Kosher".

From the Opinion of the Article 29 Working party of European Data Commissioners: In conclusion, taking all of the above into account, the Working Party believes that Israel guarantees an adequate level of protection according to provision 6 of Article 25 of  Directive 95/46/EC from the European Parliament and the Council, dated October 24th 1995, on […]

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PrivacyProf on the SmartGrid

Some of the leading privacy analysis related to the smart grid has been carried out by Rebecca Herrold, a.k.a @PrivacyProf to her Twitter followers.  Her most recent post, an effort to begin to map privacy standards to potential grid privacy concerns, does not disappoint.  We are looking forward to having her on our smart grid […]

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Cookie Opt-in, Opt-out? How about stepping up?

EU companies are heaving  sighs of relief after obtaining some text changes in the EU telecoms package passed this week in Brussels.  Concerns that the proposed amendments to the ePrivacy Directive would have required cookies used for secondary purposes to be “opt-in” had trade groups scrambling, but elimination of the words “prior” and “after having […]