Posts by Melanie E. Bates


Use of Limit Ad Tracking Drops as Ad Blocking Grows

Behind the scenes in the escalating war between ad-blocking consumers and advertisers and ad-supported publishers, the use of one privacy tool has decreased. Mobile marketing platform firm Tune reports that, as the number of ad-blocker downloads rises, the limit-ad-tracking feature available in iOS and Android devices has actually dropped.


FPF Hires Vice President of Policy – John Verdi

We are pleased to announce that John Verdi will be joining FPF as our new Vice President of Policy beginning May 23, 2016. John will be responsible for furthering our efforts to advance the FPF agenda on big data, wearables, connected cars, smart cities and ethics, among other privacy related matters.


Challenges with the Implementation of a Right to be Forgotten in Canada

Today, Eloïse Gratton, Partner and National Co-Leader, Privacy and Data Security Practice Group, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, and Jules Polonetsky, CEO, Future of Privacy Forum, filed a joint-submission paper to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC), as part of their consultation and call for essays on online reputation ending today (April 28, 2016).


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.