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California’s SB 980 Would Codify Strong Protections for Genetic Data

Author: John Verdi (Vice President of Policy) This week, SB 980 (the “Genetic Information Privacy Act”) passed the California State Assembly and State Senate, with near unanimous support (54-10 and 39-0). If signed by the Governor before the Sept. 30 deadline, the law would become the first comprehensive genetic privacy law in the United States, […]

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Associated Press: Schools debate whether to detail positive tests for athletes

In a recent article published by the Associated Press in The Washington Post and The New York Times, the Future of Privacy Forum warns of the privacy risks of sharing information about positive COVID-19 tests among students, particularly student athletes who have already returned to campus to prepare for the upcoming sports season. Read an excerpt […]

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ICYMI: FPF Experts Raise Concerns about Protecting Student Privacy During Rapid Switch to Online Learning

Experts from the Future of Privacy Forum, the nation’s leading think tank focused on advancing responsible consumer privacy practices, have spoken out in numerous articles and publications to raise awareness about privacy concerns stemming from the rapid adoption of general-use technologies to support online learning at K-12 and higher education institutions nationwide. As FPF’s Director […]

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What They’re Saying: Stakeholders Warn Senate Surveillance Bill Could Harm Students, Communities

Parents, privacy advocates, education stakeholders, and members of the disability rights community are raising concerns about new Senate legislation that would mandate unproven student surveillance programs and encourage greater law enforcement intervention in classrooms in a misguided effort to improve school safety. Last week, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced the RESPONSE Act, legislation that is intended to help reduce and […]

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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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John Verdi Featured in WTOP Story About Connected Consumer Tech

Vice President of Policy John Verdi was featured in a WTOP story about the privacy implications of popular consumer tech holiday gifts. He offered advice on adjusting the privacy settings of smartphones, tablets, connected toys, and other devices. Read more at WTOP.

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Amelia Vance’s Letter to the Editor in the New York Times

FPF Education Director and Policy Counsel Amelia Vance wrote a letter in response to a New York Times story on student privacy laws published earlier this week. She argued that the best way to address concerns over student privacy is to enforce and fully fund the implementation of existing laws, not add even more laws […]