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July 19, 2009 | Jules Polonetsky

So Much Better than Nigerian scam spam

Those Nigerian spams were getting a bit repetitive.  Just received this spam email in my inbox.  You see, just electing Obama succeeds at bringing innovation! Project Change Foundation 6 Buckingham Palace Road London SW1W 9TQ United Kingdom. Dear Beneficiary, This is to notify that you are a Beneficiary of the The Project Change Foundation Charity […]

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July 16, 2009 | Jules Polonetsky

Facebook Canadian Privacy News

Some thoughts on the Report of Findings by the Assistant Privacy Commissioner of Canada into the complaint filed by CIPPIC against Facebook. Overall this is a very well informed and thoughtful decision.  The majority of the issues raised by CIPPIC (Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic) are either denied or found to have been […]

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July 14, 2009 | Jules Polonetsky

Yahoo launches a mobile behavioral opt-out

Kudos to Yahoo for being among the first to offer a mobile behavioral advertising opt-out.  Check out http://www.ypolicyblog.com/ The FTC was clear in its behavioral advertising guidance that consumers should be entitled to opt-out of behavioral ads, regardless of the platform involved.  It is great to see Yahoo take the lead here on behalf of […]

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July 8, 2009 | Jules Polonetsky

A cookie is a cookie and an IP address is an IP address

MediaPost Publications What Do BT And Copyright Infringement Have In Common? 07/08/2009. Cookies, not IP addresses as claimed in the above article, are today used for behavioral tracking. IP addresses are used by ad networks for geo-targeting, for anti-fraud and auditing, and in some cases for presuming the type of company the user is coming […]

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July 8, 2009 | Jules Polonetsky

It is Official! No one is in charge of my retinal scan!

Feds announce that Clear Pass data aint their problem. Stay on this one, Marc Rotenberg! Fate of Registered Traveler data up in air after vendor quits program — Federal Computer Week. One more reason the US needs a Chief Privacy Officer is that there is so much that falls within the cracks of jurisdiction.  Data […]

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July 7, 2009 | FPF Staff

Court: IP Addresses Are Not 'Personally Identifiable' Information

Court: IP Addresses Are Not ‘Personally Identifiable’ Information Media Post By Wendy Davis July 6, 2009 In a ruling that could fuel debate about online privacy, a federal judge in Seattle has held that IP addresses are not personal information. “In order for ‘personally identifiable information’ to be personally identifiable, it must identify a person. […]

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July 6, 2009 | Jules Polonetsky

MediaPost Publications Court: IP Addresses Are Not 'Personally Identifiable' Information

MediaPost Publications Court: IP Addresses Are Not ‘Personally Identifiable’ Information 07/07/2009. Snip…..”Jules Polonetsky, co-chair and director of the think tank Future of Privacy Forum, adds that many sites with older privacy policies maintain they don’t collect personally identifiable information, but log IP addresses. “For many years, people just threw around the term personal information,” he […]

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