Blog

Future of Privacy Forum and the Data Quality Campaign Relaunch the FERPA|Sherpa Education Privacy Resource Center

June 6, 2017 | Melanie Bates

Future of Privacy Forum and the Data Quality Campaign Relaunch the FERPA|Sherpa Education Privacy Resource Center

Washington, DC – Today, the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and the Data Quality Campaign (DQC) relaunched FERPA|Sherpa, the leading resource for information about education privacy issues. Named after the core federal law that governs education privacy, FERPA|Sherpa provides students, parents, schools, ed tech companies, and policymakers with easy access to the resources, best practices, and guidelines that are essential to understanding the complex privacy issues arising at the intersection of kids, schools, and technology.

More
FPF Capital-Area Academic Network Speaker Series

June 5, 2017 | Margaret Honda

FPF Capital-Area Academic Network Speaker Series

Future of Privacy Forum, Washington & Lee University School of Law, and the International Association of Privacy Professionals recently collaborated in a Call for Papers focused on the privacy impact of current and projected technological advancements, focusing on the transparency, sharing, and algorithmic implications of data collection and use – topics identified in the National Privacy Research Strategy.

More
WannaCry About Backdoors

June 2, 2017 | Peter Swire

WannaCry About Backdoors

There are many lessons to learn from the spread of the WannaCry ransomware attacks across the globe. One lesson that needs more attention is the danger that exists when a government attempts to create mandatory backdoors into computer software and systems.

More
Consumer Genetic Testing: Beginning to Assess Privacy Practices

May 31, 2017 | Jules Polonetsky

Consumer Genetic Testing: Beginning to Assess Privacy Practices

Genetic testing is becoming more widely available to consumers; such testing can be an exciting new opportunity to help individuals flesh out family histories, discover cultural connections, and learn about their personal backgrounds. The availability of low-cost genetic sequencing and analysis has led to numerous businesses offering a variety of services, including some that provide detailed health and wellness reports that explain how genetics can influence risks for certain diseases. The enthusiastic public response demonstrates that there is great demand for this knowledge.

More
Homomorphic Encryption Signals the Future for Socially Valuable Research on Private Data

May 26, 2017 | Jules Polonetsky

Homomorphic Encryption Signals the Future for Socially Valuable Research on Private Data

Encryption has become a cornerstone of the technologies that support communication, commerce, banking, and myriad other essential activities in today’s digital world. In an announcement this week, Google revealed a new marketing attribution tool that relies on a particular type of advanced encryption to allow advertisers to understand whether their online ads have resulted in in-store purchases.

More

May 25, 2017 | Melanie Bates

Securing Smart Grid Data

On May 12, 2017, the Lexington Institute hosted a Capitol Hill Forum on Securing Smart Grid Data. Watch remarks by FPF Policy Counsel, Kelsey Finch.

More