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Juneteenth

June 19, 2020 | Jules Polonetsky

Juneteenth

FPF is closed for Juneteenth as our staff reflects on both the history and current state of racism in America.  Our social media accounts will be silent, other than to elevate voices that can help us learn and take action on issues such as equity and inclusion. In that spirit, we would like to call […]

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Supreme Court Rules that LGBTQ Employees Deserve Workplace Protections–More Progress is Needed to Combat Unfairness and Disparity

June 15, 2020 | Katelyn Ringrose

Supreme Court Rules that LGBTQ Employees Deserve Workplace Protections–More Progress is Needed to Combat Unfairness and Disparity

Authors: Katelyn Ringrose (Christopher Wolf Diversity Law Fellow) and Dr. Sara Jordan (Policy Counsel, Artificial Intelligence and Ethics) Today’s Supreme Court ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County—clarifying that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act bans employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity—is a major victory in the fight for LGBTQ […]

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TEN QUESTIONS ON AI RISK

June 12, 2020 | Brenda Leong

TEN QUESTIONS ON AI RISK

Artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) generate significant value when used responsibly – and are the subject of growing investment for exactly these reasons. But AI/ML can also amplify organizations’ exposure to potential vulnerabilities, ranging from fairness and security issues to regulatory fines and reputational harm.

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A Landmark Ruling in Brazil: Paving the Way for Considering Data Protection as an Autonomous Fundamental Right

June 9, 2020 | FPF Staff

A Landmark Ruling in Brazil: Paving the Way for Considering Data Protection as an Autonomous Fundamental Right

Authors: Bruno Ricardo Bioni and Renato Leite Monteiro A historic ruling of the Brazilian Supreme Court from May 07, 2020 describes the right to data protection as an autonomous right stemming from the Brazilian Constitution. By a significant majority, 10 votes to 1, the Court halted the effectiveness of the Presidential Executive Order (MP[1] 954/2020) […]

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Endgame Issues: New Brookings Report on Paths to Federal Privacy Legislation

June 3, 2020 | Stacey Gray

Endgame Issues: New Brookings Report on Paths to Federal Privacy Legislation

Authors: Stacey Gray, Senior Counsel (US Legislation and Policymaker Education), Polly Sanderson, Policy Counsel   This afternoon, The Brookings Institution released a new report, Bridging the gaps: A path forward to federal privacy legislation, a comprehensive analysis of the most challenging obstacles to Congress passing a comprehensive federal privacy law. The report includes a detailed range […]

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Thermal Imaging as Pandemic Exit Strategy: Limitations, Use Cases and Privacy Implications

June 3, 2020 | Dr. Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna

Thermal Imaging as Pandemic Exit Strategy: Limitations, Use Cases and Privacy Implications

Authors: Hannah Schaller, Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna, and Rachele Hendricks-Sturrup Around the world, governments, companies, and other entities are either using or planning to rely on thermal imaging as an integral part of their strategy to reopen economies. The announced purpose of using this technology is to detect potential cases of COVID-19 and filter out individuals in […]

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Bipartisan Privacy Bill Would Govern Exposure Notification Services

June 2, 2020 | Stacey Gray

Bipartisan Privacy Bill Would Govern Exposure Notification Services

Authors: Stacey Gray, Senior Counsel; Katelyn Ringrose, Christopher Wolf Diversity Law Fellow; and Polly Sanderson, Policy Counsel Yesterday, Senators Cantwell (D-WA), Cassidy (R-LA), and Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced a new COVID-19 data protection bill, the Exposure Notification Privacy Act, which would create legal limits for “automated exposure notification services.” The bill comes on the heels of […]

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FPF Releases New Report on GDPR Guidance for US Higher Education Institutions

May 29, 2020 | FPF Staff

FPF Releases New Report on GDPR Guidance for US Higher Education Institutions

Today, FPF released The General Data Protection Regulation: Analysis and Guidance for US Higher Education Institutions by Senior Counsel Dr. Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna. The new report contains analysis and guidance to assist United States-based higher education institutions and their edtech service providers in assessing their compliance with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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Apple & Google Update Terms for COVID-19 Apps

May 27, 2020 | Sophia Landress

Apple & Google Update Terms for COVID-19 Apps

While the legislative process for COVID-related data is advancing, the business and platform standards for apps are falling in place. Rules for All COVID Apps In response to the coronavirus pandemic, developers are rushing to create applications to support healthcare systems, spread awareness in the community, guide epidemiological research, and mitigate the spread. Apple and […]

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