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Purpose or Interest: that is the question!

We are pleased to present this guest post from Prof. Lokke Moerel, a leading EU privacy lawyer. We think her blog and paper are fascinating and important contributions to the current discussion of key privacy topics, including big data, the Internet of Things, and EU data protection laws.

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Enhancing Usability for Online Privacy Controls

Today, Google announced new features that provide users with additional customized options and controls over personal data, as well as easy-to-follow instructions and notifications that explain users’ choices in simple terms. The new features make privacy controls quicker to find and easier to understand and operate.

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Privacy plays major role in new federal government guidance on transgender student rights

Recently, the Department of Justice and the state of North Carolina have filed counter-suits regarding the state’s so called “bathroom bill.” The North Carolina “Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act” requires students to use public restrooms that correspond with their sex assigned at birth and not with the gender with which they identify.

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The CNIL released its inspection program for 2016 revealing sectors of focus

In 2016, the CNIL plans to conduct between 400 and 450 inspections: 25% of inspections will be related to the three themes set out in the CNIL’s 2016 annual program, 20% will be based on complaints received by the CNIL, 35% will be undertaken after formal notices or sanctions, at the CNIL’s initiative or related to news topics, and the remaining 20% will aim to check video surveillance systems.

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Student Privacy Goes to College

Yesterday, I attended the 5th annual Higher Education Privacy Conference at George Washington University with experts and data advocates from across the country to discuss student privacy and information management in higher education. The event was hosted by Daniel Solove, a research professor at George Washington University School of Law, and Tracy Mitrano a principal of Mitrano & Associates LLC.

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Learning from Student Data

Just as adults’ personal lives and data increasingly inhabiting online spaces, so are students. While this shift brings many benefits and the possibility of learning tailored to individual students’ needs, it is also brings new challenges.

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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.