Posts by Jules Polonetsky

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Brits express privacy concerns with smart meters

http://web.archive.org/web/20091108150053/http://www.smartmeters.com:80/the-news/656-brits-express-privacy-concerns-with-smart-meters.html Update from the UK:The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) expressed privacy concerns within its impact assessment, stating that there “is theoretically scope…for using the smart metering communications infrastructure to enable a variety of other services, such as monitoring of vulnerable householders by health authorities or social services.” “Information from smart meters could […]

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53 Billion Euro in Savings Possible from Deployment of Smart Meters in the EU – If Utilities Control Your Power Usage.

The Brattle Group, a leading consultancy with a focus on the smart grid, recently issued a *report* (expiered) stating the following: “Quantifying and stressing the environmental benefits of dynamic tariffs, ensuring transparent and adequate financial rewards and offering customers a lower flat tariff in return for providing “automatic” demand response could help boost customer participation.” […]

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More Advisory Board News…

FPF is honored to have an Advisory Board that includes some of the country’s leading luminaries on privacy issues. We are also honored to announce the addition of three more esteemed privacy experts: Michelle Dennedy, chief governance officer, cloud computing at Sun Microsystems. Ms. Dennedy is an expert in designing policies that foster trust in […]

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The Unruly Advertising Ecosystem

Kudos to Harvard Asst professor Ben Edelman, for his latest expose of the underbelly of the online advertising environment. Edelman, an FPF Advisory Board member, has been a long time critic of ad networks or advertisers that don’t do enough to control where their ads are placed. At www.Benedelman.org, he has documented ads showing up […]

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October 6 Future of Privacy Forum Teleconference

Talk of the town in privacy land this week was the survey/study released by our Advisory Board colleague Chris Hoofnagle, together with Joseph Turow and others at their institutions. New York Times coverage MediaPost The report shows that Americans have very strong feelings about tailored advertising and takes issue with the policy arguments business make […]

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Turow Berkeley Study: Consumers have a Bad Attitude about Behavioral Ads

Prof Turow’s study of consumer attitudes toward behavioral advertising reported in the NY Times today is a severe indictment of the current state of behavioral advertising. Consumers just do not like the feeling of being tracked. What can companies do about it? How about take Turow’s advice! Despite the significant concerns captured by the poll, […]

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In Trust We Trust

Business Week’s cover story this week is about a commodity that many businesses don’t seem to have in abundance these days: trust. Only 44 percent of Americans in a recent public survey said that they trusted business, the lowest rating since 2001. According to BW, that’s led to some serious soul-searching in corporate America: Not […]