Future of Privacy Forum’s Best Practices page is a central repository for privacy-related guidance documents, reports, codes of conduct, and other resources that can help you navigate complex issues and implement initiatives in privacy-protective ways.
National Telecommunications & Information Administration | Jul 2012
As chartered by the White House’s “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights,” the NTIA-convened privacy multistakeholder process to develop a code of conduct in order to provide transparency in how companies providing applications and interactive services for mobile devices that handle personal data.
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada | Oct 2012
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Offices of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta and British Columbia released joint best practices guidance for designing and developing mobile apps.
Automakers believe that strong consumer data privacy protections are essential to maintaining the trust of our customers. Our Privacy Principles reflect a major step in protecting personal information collected in the vehicle.
The Best Practices are 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.
University of California Irvine – Lumos Labs Task Switching Project FPF Award for Research Data Stewardship | May 2020
Independent research on consumer data collected by private companies holds the keys to addressing many of the challenges facing our society today, but it must be done in a way that protects individual privacy. This document highlights the data protection procedures and processes present in a research collaboration between Lumos Labs and the University of California Irvine, which was recently awarded the FPF Award for Research Data Stewardship, as well as a number of lessons from the award-winning project that companies and academic researchers may apply to future data sharing collaborations.
FPF Best Practices and Contract Guidelines Help Companies Share Data with Academic Researchers | Jan
To that end, FPF has published a list of best practices for companies that are considering sharing personal data with academic researchers. The Best Practices for Sharing Data with Academic Researchers were developed by FPF Corporate Academic Data Stewardship Research Alliance, a group of more than two dozen companies and organizations.
The best practices favor academic independence and freedom over tightly controlled research, and encourage broad publication and dissemination of research results, while protecting the privacy of individual research subjects. Specific best practices include having a written data sharing agreement, practicing data minimization, and developing a common understanding of relevant de-identification techniques, among many others.
A wide range of privacy groups and industry stakeholders participating in the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) Multi-Stakeholder process concerning privacy, transparency, and accountability issues regarding commercial and private use of unmanned aircraft systems (drones) agreed on this set of best practices. The Future of Privacy Forum created an easy to read summary of the best practices to help educate drone operators.
A wide range of privacy groups and industry stakeholders participating in the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) Multi-Stakeholder process concerning privacy, transparency, and accountability issues regarding commercial and private use of unmanned aircraft systems (drones) agreed on this set of best practices.
Software & Information Industry Association | Feb 2014
These privacy and security best practices are intended as guidance for providers of educational services to educational institutions to the extent that they collect, disseminate, use or maintain personally identifiable information about students (student PII).
Future of Privacy Forum and Software & Information Industry Association | Jan
The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) introduced a Student Privacy Pledge to safeguard student privacy regarding the collection, maintenance, and use of student personal information. The commitments are intended to concisely detail existing federal law and regulatory guidance regarding the collection and handling of student data, and to encourage service providers to more clearly articulate these practices.
Co-written with education privacy experts Linnette Attai of PlayWell LLC, Amelia Vance of the National Association of State Boards of Education, and David B. Rubin, Esq., this document provides an in-depth analysis for ed tech companies. In particular, we examine the definitions and unique requirements of the California Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (SOPIPA).
Kamala D. Harris, Attorney General California Department of Justice | Jan
The Attorney General’s Office has prepared this best practices guide in an effort to ensure that student privacy is respected, protected, and prioritized as the education technology industry brings learning innovations to our schools.
23andMe, Ancestry, Helix, MyHeritage, and Habit | Jul 2018
Consumer genetic tests, tests that are marketed to consumers by private companies, have empowered consumers to learn more about their biology and take a proactive role in their health, wellness, ancestry, and lifestyle. When consumers expressly grant permission and provide an informed consent, they can choose to share their genetic data with responsible researchers to help them discover important breakthroughs in biomedical research, healthcare, and personalized medicine.
The Best Practices establish standards for genetic data generated in the consumer context by making recommendations for companies’ privacy practices that require:
Detailed transparency about how Genetic Data is collected, used, shared, and retained including a high-level summary of key privacy protections posted publicly and made easily accessible to consumers;
Separate express consent for transfer of Genetic Data to third parties and for incompatible secondary uses;
Educational resources about the basics, risks, benefits, and limitations of genetic and personal genomic testing;
Access, correction, and deletion rights;
Valid legal process for the disclosure of Genetic Data to law enforcement and transparency reporting on at least an annual basis;
Ban on sharing Genetic Data with third parties (such as employers, insurance companies, educational institutions, and government agencies) without consent or as required by law;
Restrictions on marketing based on Genetic Data; and
Strong data security protections and privacy by design, among others.
A Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved safe harbor provider for websites that control all of the technical services necessary to meet the updated Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule’s standards.
The Entertainment Software Rating Board’s (ESRB) seal program establishes requirements if any part of a member company’s website is directed to children, or the company has actual knowledge that it collects personal information from children under 13 years of age.
A “seal of approval” program that independently reviews and certifies the safety practices of child-friendly websites and technologies, including kid-targeted sites, social networks, apps, and other interactive and online products.
FPF has worked with a group of leading technology companies to develop best practices for mobile location analytics. These companies provide solutions to retailers by developing aggregate reports used to reduce waiting times at check-out, to optimize store layouts and to understand consumer shopping patterns. The reports are generated by recognizing the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth MAC addresses of cellphones as they interact with store Wi-Fi networks. The FPF worked with the technology companies to develop a Code to ensure that appropriate privacy controls are in place as retailers seek to improve the consumer shopping experience.
Principles to help distinguish the research industry’s information gathering and analytical activity from separate marketing and advertising efforts. Focuses on compliance guidelines for research and duties researchers owe to research participants.
Information & Privacy Commissioner of Ontario | Jan 1999
The Information & Privacy Commissioner’ (IPC) collaborated with the Ministry of Labour and the Corporate Freedom of Information and Privacy Office of Management to develop best practices for survey research that involves the collection, retention, use, disclosure, and disposal of personal information.
As part of the “Mobile Web Initiative,” W3C members chartered a working group to develop a set of technical best practices and associated materials in support of the development of web sites that provide an appropriate user experience on mobile devices.
Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment | Jan
This IMMA Privacy reference architecture unambiguously specifies and clearly explains the numerous statutory requirements related to privacy. It includes examples that can be used to translate the requirements to your specific situation. This guide was created in close co-operation with Considerati (legal advisors).
Privacy researchers at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) published the results of ongoing research demonstrating that many website operators are using third-party tools called “session replay scripts” to track visitors’ individual browsing sessions, including their keystrokes and mouse movements. These “session replay scripts,” typically used as analytics tools for publishers to better understand how visitors are navigating their websites, were found on 482 of the 50,000 most trafficked websites, including government (.gov) and educational (.edu)