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Nothing to Hide: Tools for Talking (and Listening) About Data Privacy for Integrated Data Systems

October 31, 2018 | Kelsey Finch

Nothing to Hide: Tools for Talking (and Listening) About Data Privacy for Integrated Data Systems

Data-driven and evidence-based social policy innovation can help governments serve communities better, smarter, and faster. Integrated Data Systems (IDS) use data that government agencies routinely collect in the normal course of delivering public services to shape local policy and practice. They can use data to evaluate the effectiveness of new initiatives or bridge gaps between public services and community providers.

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FPF Release: The Privacy Expert’s Guide to AI And Machine Learning

October 18, 2018 | Brenda Leong

FPF Release: The Privacy Expert’s Guide to AI And Machine Learning

Today, FPF announces the release of The Privacy Expert’s Guide to AI and Machine Learning. This guide explains the technological basics of AI and ML systems at a level of understanding useful for non-programmers, and addresses certain privacy challenges associated with the implementation of new and existing ML-based products and services.

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FPF Perspective: Limit Law Enforcement Access to Genetic Datasets

October 12, 2018 | FPF Staff

FPF Perspective: Limit Law Enforcement Access to Genetic Datasets

Today, researchers published a paper detailing how governments can use public genetic databases to identify criminal suspects. These activities raise real questions about when it’s appropriate for law enforcement to analyze genetic information, and how best to protect individuals whose genetic data has been analyzed as part of a commercial service, but who are not accused of a crime.

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Privacy Features of iOS 12 and MacOS Mojave

September 25, 2018 | FPF Staff

Privacy Features of iOS 12 and MacOS Mojave

With much media attention focused on new Apple hardware, including new iPhones, Apple also released updated versions of its mobile and desktop operating systems for public download this week. The software upgrades (iOS 12 for iPhones, and macOS 10.14 Mojave for desktop Macs) bring many new features, such as Group FaceTime, options to customize notifications, and aesthetic changes such as an optional desktop “Dark Mode.

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FPF Releases Understanding Facial Detection, Characterization, and Recognition Technologies and Privacy Principles for Facial Recognition Technology in Commercial Applications

September 20, 2018 | Brenda Leong

FPF Releases Understanding Facial Detection, Characterization, and Recognition Technologies and Privacy Principles for Facial Recognition Technology in Commercial Applications

These resources will help businesses and policymakers better understand and evaluate the growing use of face-based biometric technology systems when used for consumer applications. Facial recognition technology can help users organize and label photos, improve online services for visually impaired users, and help stores and stadiums better serve customers. At the same time, the technology often involves the collection and use of sensitive biometric data, requiring careful assessment of the data protection issues raised. Understanding the technology and building trust are necessary to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks.

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FPF Launches Virtual Privacy Book Club

August 31, 2018 | Michelle Bae

FPF Launches Virtual Privacy Book Club

We are pleased to announce the launch of our Privacy Book Club! The FPF Privacy Book Club will provide members the opportunity to read a wide range of books — privacy, data, ethics, academic works, and other important data relevant issues — and have an open discussion of the selected literature.

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September 24th in Detroit, MI: Data and Privacy for Autonomous Vehicles

August 21, 2018 | Jenn Abramson

September 24th in Detroit, MI: Data and Privacy for Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous vehicles are positioned to transform the future of mobility—a change enabled by new on-board sensors that collect and transmit growing types and quantities of data. While the existence of data in vehicles is not entirely new, autonomous vehicles promise an explosion in the variety, connectivity, volume of such data—raising new and unique considerations around what happens with it. As the automotive industry becomes more data-driven, getting consumer privacy right will become increasingly important.

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