Posts by Jules Polonetsky

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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 […]

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Energy and Commerce Privacy Hearing, November 19

The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection and the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet will hold a joint hearing on “Exploring the Offline and Online Collection and Use of Consumer Information” on Thursday, November 19, 2009, at Noon in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Invited witnesses include: George V. Pappachen, Chief Privacy […]

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Major utitility launches Microsoft home energy manager – opt-in.

“It’s interesting that customers have to opt-in to Hohm, via Microsoft’s web site, rather than being automatically enrolled. It shows that the utility is probably looking to give its customers a choice.”  So says expert commentator Katie Fehrenbacher at earth2tech. We love Katie’s reporting and have learned a great deal about the grid industry from […]

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A bit more nuance on "opting in" for cookies in Europe

We have received a dozen calls about the new “consent for cookies” language in the amended EU ePrivacy Directive.  Most press coverage has focused on a US centric perspective – the law was “opt-out” and now the standard will be “opt-in”!  Well, data protection law and policy  in Europe is more complicated than opt-in or […]

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Facebook announces new privacy principles for developers of apps.

Here are Facebook’s revised privacy principles for app developers.  They make some very good points,and many apps are going to have to do some work to comply – many apps dont even have a privac policy, something now required to be easily available. Keeping on top of the million developers globally is going to be […]

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FTC Commissioner Thomas Rosch Reflections on Behavioral Advertising

In his speech to the US Chamber of Commerce, FTC Commissioner Thomas Rosch provides an interesting analysis of the Commission’s legal authority in the area of online behavioral advertising.  He calls non-personal behavioral tracking a “vexing” policy issue, but suggests that there are ” some hard legal issues that need to be resolved even if […]

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Understanding Will Breed Trust…

Consumers need to understand more about what is being done online. The understanding will breed trust, and the trust will breed a more viable advertising solution. We agree with Jeff Hirsch, CEO of AudienceScience. But talk is cheap. Will industry really seek to deliver on user trust? We hope so but we also think that […]

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"We just connect"

Steve Lohr’s “Bits” column in The NY Times today gave us a chuckle. A senior official at Adchemy, a privately held online marketing company, said this about his firm’s expertise in “statistical personalization”: “We don’t hold any data. We just connect to 30 or 40 data sources,” Mr.Nukala said. Businesses today should be seeking to […]