Posts by Melanie E. Bates

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FPF Statement on the Department of Transportation’s Federal Automated Vehicles Policy

NHTSA has wisely recognized that privacy will play a key role in promoting trust in connected vehicles. Today’s guidance is an important first step in building that trust. A future in which new kinds of mobility will expand transportation opportunities for all segments of society will depend on broad collection and use of data to ensure maximum safety and convenience for consumers.

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Student Privacy Pledge Reaches Milestone of 300 Signatories

The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) are pleased to announce that the Student Privacy Pledge has passed a new milestone – over 300 ed tech company signatories. The Pledge is a list of commitments that school service providers can make to affirm that K-12 student information is kept private and secure.

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Future of Privacy Forum Releases Best Practices for Consumer Wearables and Wellness Apps and Devices

Washington, DC – Today, the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) released Best Practices for Consumer Wearables and Wellness Apps and Devices, a detailed set of guidelines that responsible companies can follow to ensure they provide practical privacy protections for consumer-generated health and wellness data. The document was produced with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and incorporates input from a wide range of stakeholders including companies, advocates, and regulators.

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Examining the Privacy Implications of Smart TVs

The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) filed its report, Always On: Privacy Implications of Microphone-Enabled Devices, with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in response to the Commission’s request for public comments regarding the privacy implications of Smart TVs. On December 7, 2016, the FTC will be holding a Smart TV Workshop to explore the intricacies of tracking technologies and best practices for addressing consumer privacy on entertainment systems.

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FPF, Intel, and PrecisionHawk Release Drones and Privacy by Design: Embedding Privacy Enhancing Technology in Unmanned Aircraft

Washington, DC – Today, in response to the Administration’s call-to-action on privacy protections related to drone operations, Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), Intel, and PrecisionHawk released Drones and Privacy by Design: Embedding Privacy Enhancing Technology in Unmanned Aircraft. The report highlights examples of privacy enhancing technologies and “Privacy-by-Design” applied to drones.

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Privacy to Enable “Drones for Good”

In her recent blog, Paula J. Bruening, Senior Counsel for Global Privacy Policy, Intel, highlights the work of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration multi-stakeholder working group and the best practices it released on drone privacy, transparency, and accountability, especially as it enables the deployment of drones for purposes that will benefit society.

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Lauren Smith Featured on WXYZ-TV

“Some of the information may be going to the manufacturer, some may be staying locally on the car, some may be going to your insurance company if you’ve selected that, some may be going to some technology you’ve opted into. So we’re trying to clarify for consumers what kind of information your car may collect and where the information is being sent.”