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FPF Senior Fellow Peter Swire Receives Privacy Leadership Award

The Future of Privacy Forum congratulates our Senior Fellow, Peter Swire, on receiving the 2015 Privacy Leadership Award from the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Peter has worked with FPF since 2010 on a wide range of privacy and cyber-security issues, such as encryption, Big Data, and many more. His current work with FPF includes […]

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What consumers and companies can learn from 2014’s privacy breaches

Earlier this week, FPF’s Kelsey Finch spoke to Red Herring about 2015’s biggest challenges, and how enterprise and consumer technology can come together to combat privacy issues. Q: What have been 2014’s biggest privacy problems, in your opinion? Do you see them being fixed any time soon? A: Throughout 2014, we learned how vulnerable our personal […]

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Getting Privacy Policies Right the First Time

We have all seen too many well-meaning companies have to face up to what their privacy policy really said, rather than what they intended or even did.  Here are some tips to help prevent that, for new companies, or those in the process of updating their policies – before getting their 15 minutes of unwanted […]

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"Big Data: Putting Heat on the Hate" by Chris Wolf and Jules Polonetsky

Today, Re/code ran an essay by Chris Wolf and Jules Polonetsky, marking the five year signing of the Hate Crimes Prevention Act. The two discussed big data’s ability to put the “heat on hate,” concluding that while “[t]hese are still the early days of development for big data and civil rights . . . it is becoming […]

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Facebook Moves Forward with an Ethics Review Panel

Jules and Omer opine in the Hill on today’s announcement from Facebook, commenting about the “essential accountability mechanism for companies that are struggling to balance the risks and opportunities of big data.” The Hill “Facebook’s announcement — establishing guidelines, review processes, training and enhanced transparency for research projects — marks another milestone in the emergence […]

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Transparency About What Data is Used is Key for Parents and Students

Last week, the New York Times hosted a Room for Debate on Protecting Student Privacy in On-Line Learning.  The question: “Is the collection of data from schools an invasion of students’ privacy?”  Jules’ weighed in, making the key point that schools must continuously and effectively communicate with parents on what technology is being used, what […]

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"Gambling? In This Casino?" Jules and Omer on the Facebook Experiment

Today, Re/code ran an essay by Jules Polonetsky and Omer Tene, offering their take on the Facebook’s now-infamous experiment looking at the effects of tweaking the amount of positive or negative comments on a user’s News Feed: As the companies that serve us play an increasingly intimate role in our lives, understanding how they shape […]

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PBS NewsHour: Jules Polonetsky Talks Big Data and Privacy

Last night, Jules Polonetsky was featured on a segment on PBS NewsHour discussing, “What’s the future of privacy in a big data world?” He was joined by Adam Thierer, senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. The video and the transcript can be found here.

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Reuters Talks Tracking in Brick-and-Mortar Retail

Reuters today published an article discussing the ways in which brick-and-mortar retailers are using increasingly sophisticated technology to “catch up” to online retail. Along with the benefits — more efficient stores, targeted discounts — the article raises privacy concerns about the tracking of customer behavior in the offline world. We think, when it comes to […]