July 29, 2009 | Jules Polonetsky

Search Privacy and the Microsoft-Yahoo! Agreement

As we have followed the rumors of a Microsoft-Yahoo deal over the last few months, the area we were most concerned about was the future of Yahoo’s leading search data retention policy. We have repeatedly praised Yahoo for implementing a data retention policy that seeks to anonymize search queries after 3 months and we have […]


July 27, 2009 | FPF Staff

White House Asks Public If It Wants Cookies

White House Asks Public If It Wants Cookies Media Post By Wendy Davis July 24, 2009 The Obama administration is asking the public to weigh in on whether the government should liberalize its 9-year-old policy limiting the use of persistent cookies. In a blog post issued Friday, administration officials asked for opinions about matters including […]


July 27, 2009 | Jules Polonetsky

Kim Hart Moves on from the Washington Post

Kim Hart of Washington Post wrote her last piece today, before she moves on to a new tech related effort at “The Hill” newspaper.  Kim has done some great reporting on privacy issues and is one of the savviest young journalists covering tech issues around. So nice to see her on the rise.  Good luck […]


July 24, 2009 | Jules Polonetsky

White House Cookies Update

So turns out that we don’t yet have a draft cookie policy to react to, but today we have a more formal request for comment that lays out the framework OMB is looking at and guidance on the more specific input OMB is seeking.   See  Open Government Blog. Here are the details: Under the framework […]


July 24, 2009 | Jules Polonetsky

New White House Policy on Cookies On the Way

Look out today for a Federal Register request for comment and a post at the White House Open Government site about ways for revising the current prohibition on persistent cookies.  The goal is to continue to protect the privacy of people who visit Federal Government websites while at the same time making these websites more […]


July 20, 2009 | FPF Staff

Zittrain and Cloud Computing

Our friend Jonathan Zittrain’s piece in today’s New York Times entitled “Lost in the Cloud”, raises pertinent and important privacy and competition issues about cloud computing. His main focus is on the concerns for individuals and the ability of companies to innovate if they are subject to the guidelines of the cloud operators. The great […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 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 […]