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Facebook Change Gives Users More Privacy Controls

Facebook Change Gives Users More Privacy Controls Associated Press By Barbara Ortutay December 9, 2009 Facebook is changing its privacy settings to give users control over who sees the information they post on their personal pages. Beginning Wednesday, the networking Web site is taking the rare step of requiring its more than 350 million users […]

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FPF Announces Four New Advisory Board Members

We are pleased to announce today four new Future of Privacy Forum advisory board members and supporters. We look forward to their guidance. Ontario Privacy Commissioner Dr. Ann Cavoukian is recognized as one of the leading privacy experts in the world. An avowed believer in the role that technology can play in protecting privacy, Dr. […]

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Future of Privacy Forum Unveils New Privacy and Personalization Symbols Finalists

Today Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) released two proposed icons designed to communicate to web users about the efforts of advertisers to tailor ads based on the websites they visit. In February 2009, the Federal Trade Commission expressed concern that privacy policies were not being read or understood, and urged the industry to develop new […]

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NARUC Defers Smart Grid Resolution

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners was scheduled to vote on a smart grid privacy resolution at their November meeting in Chicago last week.  However, it appears that the regulators did not adopt the proposed resolution.  Our sources tell us that it was deferred, hopefully to be taken up at the February NARUC meeting.  […]

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Major utitility launches Microsoft home energy manager – opt-in.

“It’s interesting that customers have to opt-in to Hohm, via Microsoft’s web site, rather than being automatically enrolled. It shows that the utility is probably looking to give its customers a choice.”  So says expert commentator Katie Fehrenbacher at earth2tech. We love Katie’s reporting and have learned a great deal about the grid industry from […]

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FPF Advisory Board Member Lorrie Cranor Submits CUPS Reports to FTC

FPF Advisory Board member Lorrie Cranor, Director of CUPS (CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Lab) at Carnegie Mellon University informs us that the Lab has issued two new technical reports and submitted them as public comments to the FTC’s exploring privacy roundtable series. Here are the abstracts, but the full studies are definitely worth reading! […]

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New 'Smart' Electrical Meters Raise Privacy Issues

New ‘Smart’ Electrical Meters Raise Privacy Issues Agence France Presse By Daniel Silva Friday, November 6, 2009 MADRID (AFP) – The new “smart meters” utilities are installing in homes around the world to reduce energy use raise fresh privacy issues because of the wealth of information about consumer habits they reveal, experts said Friday. The […]

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How Privacy (Or Lack of It) Could Sabatoge the Grid

How Privacy (Or Lack of It) Could Sabatoge the Grid SmartGridNews.com By Jules Polonetsky and Christopher Wolf In October, President Obama announced $3.4 billion in federal grants to help build our nation’s Smart Grid. The President said that the technology that will make up the Smart Grid will make the nation’s power transmission system more […]