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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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July 6, 2009 | Jules Polonetsky

Huge news about your Social Security number!

Our friend Professor Alessandro Acquisti has published his paper showing how it is possible to predict social security numbers with a high degree of certainty, if your date of birth and location of birth are known.  When Alessandro presented an early draft of his paper at the 2008 Privacy law Scholars Conference at GWU School […]

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July 1, 2009 | Jules Polonetsky

IAB-DMA-AAAA-ANA Behavioral Advertising Principles

Future of Privacy Forum Statement Regarding Industry Behavioral Advertising July 2 Agreement The entire industry reaching agreement on the need to get more information to users beyond the limits of a privacy policy is a significant advance.  But to ensure that this will be a true step forward for consumers, companies will need to consider […]

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July 1, 2009 | Jules Polonetsky

New Facebook Privacy Changes

Click on the below presentation to have a good look at the new Facebook privacy changes.  Generally positive, in that Facebook will put all the privacy settings in one place and eliminate regional networks.  So many users thought their profiles were open only to friends, but were in a regional network where default settings left […]

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