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Empirical Research in the Internet of Things, Mobile Privacy, and Digital Advertising

June 12, 2018 | Stacey Gray

Empirical Research in the Internet of Things, Mobile Privacy, and Digital Advertising

In the world of consumer privacy, including the Internet of Things (IoT), mobile data, and advertising technologies (“Ad Tech”), it can often be difficult to measure real-world impact and conceptualize individual harms and benefits. Fortunately, academic researchers are increasingly focusing on these issues, leading to impressive scholarship from institutions such as the Princeton Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP), Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science, UC Berkeley School of Information, and many others, including non-profits and think tanks.

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A Toast to Privacy: Celebrating Day 1 of the GDPR

June 11, 2018 | Jenn Abramson

A Toast to Privacy: Celebrating Day 1 of the GDPR

On May 24, the Future of Privacy Forum was honored to co-host a “Toast to Privacy” with the European Union Delegation to the United States to mark the implementation of GDPR and celebrate those who have been working on related projects. The event was held at the Delegation of the European Union’s offices and was attended by public and private sector, government, and civil society leaders from Europe and the United States. 

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New Study on “the Marketplace for Student Data”

June 6, 2018 | Amelia Vance

New Study on “the Marketplace for Student Data”

Fordham University’s Center on Law and Information Policy (CLIP) just released the study, “Transparency and the Marketplace for Student Data,” which examines the practices of data brokers who buy and sell information about students. In the study, the authors describe existing privacy laws, map the commercial marketplace, and describe the challenges of understanding how data about students is collected and used.

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Data Privacy: It’s Time to Treat Your Car Like a Smartphone

June 1, 2018 | Melanie E. Bates

Data Privacy: It’s Time to Treat Your Car Like a Smartphone

Lauren Smith, a FPF Policy Counsel, was recently featured in 2025 AD. Lauren leads the FPF Connected Cars Working Group, and serves a global expert and thought leader through speaking engagements, media interviews, and interaction with state and federal regulators and strategic partners. In this exclusive interview, she discusses best practices to advance privacy practices and understanding as new mobility technologies come to market.

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FPF Testifies Before Congress on Promoting and Protecting Student Privacy

May 17, 2018 | Erika Ross

FPF Testifies Before Congress on Promoting and Protecting Student Privacy

Washington, D.C– Today, Future of Privacy Forum’s (FPF) Amelia Vance, Director of the Education Privacy Project, will deliver testimony in a hearing before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, “Protecting Privacy, Promoting Data Security: Exploring How Schools and States Keep Data Safe.” In her prepared testimony, Vance will comment on how states, districts and ed tech companies can work together in ensuring student privacy.

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FPF Comments on CA Public Utilities Commission Autonomous Vehicle Passenger Service Proceeding

May 9, 2018 | Lauren Smith

FPF Comments on CA Public Utilities Commission Autonomous Vehicle Passenger Service Proceeding

Last week, the Future of Privacy Forum filed written comments in response to the California Public Utilities Commission’s proposed decision authorizing pilot programs for passenger service in Autonomous Vehicles. The CPUC is a consumer protection agency that oversees, among other topics, provision of passenger service in the state. The proposed decision called for a number of criteria to be met by companies seeking to operate AV passenger service, including reporting of communications between passengers and remote operators of driverless AVs, as well as aggregated operations data.

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FPF Comments on Minnesota Student Privacy Bill HF 1507

May 2, 2018 | Amelia Vance

FPF Comments on Minnesota Student Privacy Bill HF 1507

Yesterday, the Future of Privacy Forum submitted written comments to members of the Minnesota House of Representatives in response to the pending student privacy bill, the Student Data Privacy Act (HF 1507). FPF expressed concerns about the proposed language of the bill, which would create conflicting requirements for schools and education technology companies, and likely cause unintended consequences for Minnesota schools and students.

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FPF Welcomes New Members to the Education Privacy Project

April 6, 2018 | Amelia Vance

FPF Welcomes New Members to the Education Privacy Project

We are thrilled to announce four new members of FPF’s Education Privacy Project. Led by Amelia Vance, Director of Education Privacy, the Project works to equip and connect parents, educators, state and local education agencies, ed tech companies, and other stakeholders with substantive practices, policies, and other solutions to address education privacy challenges.

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