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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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Sidewalk Labs Releases Detailed Plans for Collaboration with City of Toronto on Quayside Smart City Project, Including Proposed Privacy and Data Protection Framework

July 8, 2019 | Kelsey Finch

Sidewalk Labs Releases Detailed Plans for Collaboration with City of Toronto on Quayside Smart City Project, Including Proposed Privacy and Data Protection Framework

By: Suzie Allen Experts Highlight Data Protection Safeguards, Opportunities, and Risks “Master Innovation and Development Plan” will be Vetted by City Residents, Officials Last week, Sidewalk Labs unveiled its proposed “Master Innovation and Development Plan” (MIDP) for Sidewalk Toronto, a project that would design a smart city district in Toronto’s Eastern Waterfront. The proposal will […]

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California’s AB-1395 Highlights the Challenges of Regulating Voice Recognition

July 3, 2019 | Stacey Gray

California’s AB-1395 Highlights the Challenges of Regulating Voice Recognition

Under the radar of ongoing debates over the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the California Senate Judiciary Committee will also soon be considering, at a July 9th hearing, an unusual sectoral privacy bill regulating “smart speakers.” AB-1395 would amend California’s existing laws to add new restrictions for “smart speaker devices,” defined as standalone devices “with […]

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New Privacy Tech Alliance Promotes Innovative Privacy Technologies

June 25, 2019 | editor

New Privacy Tech Alliance Promotes Innovative Privacy Technologies

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL – June 25, 2019 – The Future of Privacy Forum and the Israel Tech Policy Institute are launching the Privacy Tech Alliance during CyberWeek 2019, to promote the market for privacy protective technologies internationally, facilitate the development of new technologies, and maximize value for innovators and investors. “As the data ecosystem and regulatory […]

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FPF Letter to NY State Legislature

June 17, 2019 | Amelia Vance

FPF Letter to NY State Legislature

On Friday, June 14, FPF submitted a letter to the New York State Assembly and Senate supporting a well-crafted moratorium on facial recognition systems for security uses in public schools. 

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Ethical and Privacy Protective Academic Research and Corporate Data

June 7, 2019 | FPF Staff

Ethical and Privacy Protective Academic Research and Corporate Data

Is edtech helping or hindering student education?  What effect does social media have on elections? What types of user interfaces help users manage privacy settings?  Can the data collected by wearables inform health care?  In almost every area of science, academic researchers are seeking access to personal data held by companies to advance their work. […]

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NAI’s 2020 Code of Conduct Expands Self-Regulation for Ad Tech Providers

June 6, 2019 | FPF Staff

NAI’s 2020 Code of Conduct Expands Self-Regulation for Ad Tech Providers

By Christy Harris, Stacey Gray, and Meredith Richards As debates over the shape of federal privacy legislation in the United States continue, online advertising remains a key focus of scrutiny in the US Congress, with its recent hearing on digital advertising and data privacy. Amidst these debates, the Networking Advertising Initiative (NAI), the leading self-regulatory body […]

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