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FTC Reaches Landmark Settlement Regarding Kids’ Privacy,  Clarifies Platforms’ and Video Creators’ COPPA Obligations for Child-Directed Content

September 9, 2019 | Sara Collins

FTC Reaches Landmark Settlement Regarding Kids’ Privacy, Clarifies Platforms’ and Video Creators’ COPPA Obligations for Child-Directed Content

By Sara Collins Last week the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released details of a settlement with YouTube under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Although notable for its landmark monetary penalty, the settlement is probably more important for the other requirements that it places on YouTube and content creators. Some of YouTube’s settlement obligations […]

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Digital Deep Fakes

August 15, 2019 | Brenda Leong

Digital Deep Fakes

The media has recently labeled manipulated videos of people “deepfakes,” a portmanteau of “deep learning” and “fake,” on the assumption that AI-based software is behind them all. But the technology behind video manipulation is not all based on deep learning (or any form of AI), and what are lumped together as deepfakes actually differ depending on the particular technology used. So while the example videos above were all doctored in some way, they were not all altered using the same technological tools, and the risks they pose – particularly as to being identifiable as fake – may vary. 

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August 12, 2019 | editor

Donate to Fund an FPF Fellowship Today

Despite demand for privacy experts at mid and senior levels, it continues to be difficult for young professionals to start a career in this area, and even harder for students without the resources to take low paying internships. And with bias and discrimination playing such a central role in data protection today, the privacy community […]

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July 24, 2019 | editor

Statement by FPF CEO Jules Polonetsky: Facebook Case Shows It Is Time to Give the FTC Enhanced Civil Penalty Authority

WASHINGTON – July 24, 2019 –Today, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced an unprecedented settlement requiring Facebook to pay $5 billion in civil penalties, create new accountability and compliance mechanisms, and imposing additional injunctive relief. The settlement stems from violations of a 2012 order. The $5 billion penalty is more than 15 times larger than […]

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July 15, 2019 | Peter Swire

The US, China, and the Risks of Cutting Global Data Flows

Peter Swire published an op-ed for the French newspaper Le Monde that discusses the Court of Justice for the European Union’s decision as to whether U.S. surveillance practices violate the fundamental rights of EU citizens under GDPR. Swire argues that if the U.S is deemed to be in violation, thereby causing transatlantic data flows to be […]

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New Privacy Tech Industry Attracts Massive Funding

July 11, 2019 | Nat Wood

New Privacy Tech Industry Attracts Massive Funding

Privacy Tech Alliance connecting researchers and entrepreneurs to analysts, customers, VCs WASHINGTON – July 11, 2019 – One Trust’s announcement today of a $200 million Series A investment, which follows yesterday’s announcement by TrustArc of a $70 million Series D round, demonstrates the arrival of a new industry sector for privacy protection technologies. “Investors have […]

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