A large task in industry is to address possible privacy concerns at the start of new product development, while also enabling data to be used in innovative ways. Few people were concerned with the location information of their home WiFi routers until street map data began to be compiled. FPF and TRUSTe announced its privacy seal program with the intent to address such customer concerns:
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Last week, a Middle Eastern group named Ababil hacked four major U.S. banks – Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan, and Wells Fargo. Based off of this incident, we must figure out how to protect consumer energy information that is carried over the smart grid. The Future of Privacy Forum offers a way through its privacy seal program:
As part of the Energy Data Initiative, the Obama Administration hosted the Energy Datapalooza, highlighting entrepreneurs and innovators that are using freely available data from the government to build products, services, and apps that advance the future of clean energy in their Energy Datapalooza Fact Sheet. FPF was mentioned for its seal program, the first […]
The development of the Smart Grid Seal Program is a visible demonstration of what can be achieved when stakeholders work in concert to develop privacy best practices. Intel’s support of the Smart Grid Seal Program is yet another demonstration of our commitment to creating an environment where consumers can trust their use of technology.
The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), the Washington based think tank committed to advancing responsible data practices, today announced a first of its kind privacy seal program for companies that use consumer energy information. The seal will be powered by TRUSTe, the leading data privacy management company with over 5,000 customers.
Commissioner Brill address Mobile Privacy and Do Not Track in her speech to State of the Net West.
Christopher Wolf, a top privacy attorney and co-chair of the nonprofit Future of Privacy Forum, tells me Google’s participation in Do Not Track will lend the initiative more credibility in Washington. “It should diminish the drumbeat for specific legislation addressing the online tracking issue.”
Google places job announcement seeking data privacy engineers. Privacy expert Jules Polonetsky, director and co-chair of the think tank Future of Privacy Forum, says he expects that other companies will follow Google’s lead and hire their own “white-hat” privacy hackers in order to discover problems before independent experts like Mayer. “It’s in line with the trend in a number of areas to find problems before your critics do, and try to fix them before someone turns them into a story,” he says.
Law Professor and new FTC Senior Policy Adviser, Paul Ohm, discusses the perils of current data collection.
Jules Polonetsky discusses the Obama Administration, the EU, and industry self regulation in an interview with reporter Even Selinger.