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June 11, 2009 | Jules Polonetsky

Web Analytics Companies: Let Your Voices Be Heard!

    Web Analytics Companies: Let Your Voices Be Heard! Over the past year, FPF and other groups including CDT , EFF and the Federal Web Managers Council have proposed revisions to the current limitations on use of cookies by the federal government.One area where many seem to agree is that allowing government to use […]

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June 11, 2009 | FPF Staff

FPF Adds Two New Advisory Board Members

FPF is thrilled to announce the addition of two new members to our advisory board, which includes leading figures from industry, academia, law and advocacy groups.  Today we welcome Marcia Hofmann, staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and Danielle Citron, an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Maryland School of Law. […]

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June 10, 2009 | Jules Polonetsky

Economic Value of the Advertising Supported Internet

What is the value of all the advertising on the internet? The IAB has a report out.  Some interesting facts and figures including a nice chart on where all those internet workers are located.  One area that is not covered, and where a proper methodology would be hard but I think possible, would be drilling […]

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June 9, 2009 | Jules Polonetsky

Facebook Ad Network Crackdown

We are glad to see reports of Facebook cracking down on ad networks improperly using user data, as well as deceptive come-ons. We believe that many of the of the problems of the online advertising system have been due to publishers and advertising leaving privacy and ad quality issues entirely to their ad network partners. […]

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June 9, 2009 | FPF Staff

"Know Privacy" Report Contains Interesting Observations

“KnowPrivacy” is a collaborative research project by Class of 2009 graduates of the Masters program at the University of California Berkeley School of Information.  FPF advisory board member Chris Hoofnagle helped advise the students.  In the project, the students examined the common practices among website operators of collecting, sharing and analyzing data about their users, […]

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June 9, 2009 | FPF Staff

FPF Files Comments to FCC on National Broadband Plan

Yesterday, the Future of Privacy Forum filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about the National Broadband Plan, which the Commission will be formulating over the next several months (FCC Notice of Inquiry Docket – 09-51).  As a think tank focused on promoting greater transparency and consumer online data use, we believe that privacy […]

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June 5, 2009 | Jules Polonetsky

Facebook to Eliminate Regional Networks

This is a very good move by Facebook because it resolves an issue we have always been concerned about — people who join, make their profile available only to friends and believe it is private. But then they join the Washington or other region network and dont realize that millions of people can now see […]

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June 3, 2009 | FPF Staff

Volume of the Obama Administration on Privacy

Our friend Saul Hansell at the New York Times has a piece today entitled “The Obama Administration’s Silence on Privacy, ” which references a speech given yesterday at the Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference.  The speech was made by Susan Crawford, a science and technology advisor to President Obama.  While we are often in synch […]

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