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Research Released on Usability of Internet Privacy Tools

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University released a study today titled, “Why Johnny Can’t Opt Out: A Usability Evaluation of Tools to Limit Online Behavioral Advertising.”  ”All nine of the tools we tested have serious usability flaws,” said Lorrie Cranor, director of the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory (CUPS). Read the full press release here.

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Microsoft Measures Consumer Online Safety Awareness

Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), a guest speaker at the Microsoft Digital Citizen event, applauded Microsoft’s efforts to quantify consumer perceptions of Internet safety, security, and privacy; while cautioning prescriptive interventions.  “Congress needs to adopt the philosophy of first do no harm, but only once you have a defined harm,” said Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). “We […]

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PrivacyChoice Launches New Resource Center for App Developers

PrivacyChoice CEO and FPF Advisory Board member Jim Brock announced a new privacy resource center for app developers at today’s Online Trust Alliance 2011 Forum. Features include PrivacyChoice’s Policymaker tool, sample templates, code resources, and other guidance. Read more about the center here.

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FPF Advisory Board Makes Up 2/3 of Witnesses at Hearing

Today, the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade of the House Energy and Commerce Committee has a hearing entitled “Understanding Consumer Attitudes About Privacy.” Four of the six witnesses appearing before the subcommittee are Advisory Board members (or, in the case of Microsoft, representing a company whose CPO is on our Advisory Board).

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To Track or “Do Not Track” – that is the Question

By Omer Tene Jules Polonetsky, Co-chair and Director of the Future of Privacy Forum, and I are delighted to announce that our paper, “To Track or ‘Do Not Track’: Advancing Transparency and Individual Control in Online Behavioral Advertising,” has been accepted for publication in the Fall 2011 issue of the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science, […]

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FPF Comments on Study Revealing that Websites are Leaking Consumer Data

WASHINGTON (October 11, 2011)-In response to the report released today at the webcast event, “Yes, They Really Know It’s You: The Digital Collection of Personal Information from Consumers and Citizens,” sponsored by various privacy organizations, the Future of Privacy Forum issued the following statement: What the study fails to emphasize is that most companies targeting […]

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Privacy legal fights should focus on intrusion, not hurt feelings

Please see FPF Advisory Board member Neil M. Richards in “Privacy legal fights should focus on intrusion, not hurt feelings”, an article from Washington University in St. Louis Newsroom by Jessica Martin. Richards discusses how American privacy law was created in the 19th and 20th centuries and is an inadequate guide for 21st century privacy […]