Posts by Melanie E. Bates


The Future of Privacy Forum and EY Examine Speech Recognition and Smart Devices in New Paper

Washington, DC – Today, the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), in collaboration with Ernst & Young LLP, released Always On: Privacy Implications of Microphone-Enabled Devices, a new paper that explores how speech recognition technology fits into a broader scheme of “always listening” technologies. The paper identifies emerging practices by which manufacturers and developers can alleviate privacy concerns and build consumer trust in the ways that data is collected, stored, and analyzed.


Always on: Privacy Implications of Microphone-Enabled Devices

Is your smart TV listening to your conversations? Are your children’s toys spying on your family?

These questions are being raised as the next generation of Internet-connected devices enters the market. Such devices, often dubbed “always on,” include televisions, cars, toys and home personal assistants, many of which now include microphones and speech-recognition capabilities.


Periscope Interview – Lauren Smith, FPF Policy Counsel, with MobCon

On April 26, 2016, Lauren Smith, FPF Policy Counsel, was interviewed by MobCon on Periscope. As a speaker at MobCon Digital Health, Lauren was asked about the relationship between connected cars and health technology, privacy implications for companies whose products may not be regulated by HIPAA or the FDA, and her previous role in the production of the White House’s report on big data.


Progress on Drone Privacy Best Practices

Today, the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) circulated a Best Practices document that is being proposed by a diverse subgroup of stakeholders including leading privacy advocates, drone organizations and companies, and associations. The proposed Best Practices will be presented and discussed at the next meeting of the NTIA convened multi-stakeholder process concerning privacy, transparency, […]


Using Student Data Essential for Research that Empower Students

In our nation’s schools, we have seen widespread use of zero tolerance policies that lead to suspension, expulsion, and other extreme disciplinary measures. Do these policies work or do they cause more harm than good? Thanks to research that studied student data over time, we now know that these procedures are not effective in preventing future misbehavior nor improving student outcomes.


The National Network to End Domestic Violence Discusses Protecting Victim Privacy While Holding Offenders Accountable

Future of Privacy Forum Advisory Board member Cindy Southworth, Executive Vice President and Founder of the Safety Net Technology Project at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), shared a post we thought was important. In its article, “Smartphone Encryption: Protecting Victim Privacy While Holding Offenders Accountable,” NNEDV recognizes the significance of smartphone encryption […]