Posts by Jules Polonetsky

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Kudos to Rebecca Herold on Smart Grid Work…

Rebecca Herold, the newest member of our smart grid privacy working group, was a lead drafter of the Smart Grid Privacy Impact Assessment released today by NIST. At her site, she provides some of the background to the drafting process, and includes some key material that didn’t make it in to the final document. Kudo’s […]

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Live Blogging From GridWeek

Round Two: Updates today will be from our smart grid privacy fellow Matt Gruenberg: Session on end user perspectives: do utilities truly understand their customers? Ohio Consumers Counsel J.M. Ostrander only way demand response can work is if consumer understand it Viktor Mayer-Schönberger on forgetting in a digital age http://bit.ly/NfALa Are grid folks thinking about […]

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Flash Cookie Confession?

I was pretty stunned to read this piece posted on MediaPost today. It usually takes a subpoena to obtain documents with comments like this: “When Tatto began to develop its core behavioral frameworks and algorithms, it believed Flash cookies would remain the best way to slow the ability of consumers to delete cookies from their […]

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Behavioral Economics

Michael Sanserino’s column on behavioral economics in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal is a timely reminder about the benefits and the risks of new kinds of personal data uses. Take the Sacramento Municipal Utility District which since April 2008, according to Sanserino, has sent monthly notices to 35,000 customers showing how their usage compares with their […]

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Behavioral Advertising in Europe

Some news just in from our friend Kirsten Bock of the data protection agency of Schleswig-Holstein in Germany. Schleswig-Holstein manages the EuroPriSe privacy seal, a privacy certification backed by many European data authorities. This week, the EuroPriSe seal was awarded to nugg.ad, a behavioral advertising company active throughout Europe. For our readers who, like us, […]

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From our lips to the Senate's ears…Cass Sunstein receives confirmation

On Wednesday, we wrote on our blog that Congress could help ensure that privacy issues are given the utmost priority by confirming Cass Sunstein as the new administrator for the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. OIRA is the office at OMB that helps oversee government agency privacy issues. As luck would have it, we […]

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Too soon to judge Obama administration on privacy…

A number of the most fervent privacy groups today put out a report critiquing the Obama administration’s record to date on privacy issues. At only 9 months in, it seems a bit too soon to rate the Administration. As we have written previously, we do think there have been early indications of a commitment to […]

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Facebook Addresses Canada's Privacy Commissioner Concerns

Several weeks ago the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, issued a comprehensive report about Facebook’s privacy policies and asked the company to address several privacy concerns they laid out or face imminent legal action. In response, Facebook announced today a series of changes that intended to address the concerns offered by the Commissioner. […]

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Dan Solove

Above the Law has an entertaining interview with FPF advisory board member Prof Dan Solove on the “skanks” case, as well as some background on his career.  Check it out here.

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New York Times on Government Use of Cookies:

Kudos to the New York Times for addressing the government’s use of cookies in an editorial in this morning’s paper . As the piece indicates, currently there is no ban in place which prevents a federal agency from using tracking devices, such as cookies. Unfortunately, it is an all or nothing policy, which allows agencies […]