Press Releases and Statements

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FPF Issues Statement on California Mobile Application Agreement

Statement from Future of Privacy Forum Director Jules Polonetsky: “We commend California Attorney General Kamala Harris and her staff for reaching this agreement among the major application platforms. Apps can only provide innovative services to consumers if they use personal information responsibly.  If apps surprise consumers by grabbing information that isn’t needed or by surprising […]

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FPF Comments on Proposed COPPA Rule

FPF submitted comments to the FTC on proposed amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. FPF commends the FTC’s commitment to protect the privacy of children in a rapidly developing online marketplace. FPF’s comments focus on amendments affecting those areas that correspond with the organization’s specific expertise and experience, namely: (I) The proposal to […]

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FPF Survey: Free Mobile Apps Better than Paid on Privacy Policies

“We weren’t surprised to discover that free apps were doing better than paid apps, because free apps are more likely to be dependent on advertising and tracking and have more to disclose than paid apps,” explained Polonetsky. “Although a privacy policy isn’t the final word when it comes to communicating with consumers about how their data is used, companies providing policies show that they have taken an essential step to document their practices and provide legal accountability for their actions,” he added.

“With resources for app developers like our resource site, applicationprivacy.org, and privacy policy generators provided by TRUSTe and PrivacyChoice.org, there is no excuse anymore for app developers not to provide consumers with privacy policies,” said FPF Co-Chairman Christopher Wolf.[…]

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Who Would You Put on the Nice List?

As the year closes, we are soliciting nominations for the 2011 Future of Privacy Forum Gallery of Leading Practices. Please email [email protected] with your suggestions for companies that are leading the industry towards better privacy practices. Please highlight for us the specific practice you are applauding and provide an url or screenshot that will allow us to review the information firsthand.

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Released Statement on FTC and Facebook Settlement

Statement from the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) on U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Facebook Settlement Over Privacy Concerns WASHINGTON – In response to the FTC settlement with Facebook, the following statement is attributed to Jules Polonetsky, Director and Co-Chair, Future of Privacy Forum: “Today’s FTC settlement with Facebook sends two strong messages that are […]

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FPF Issues Statement on FCC & FTC Location Based Services Forum:

Leaders of the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), a privacy think tank whose Advisory Board includes privacy scholars, privacy advocates and corporate privacy officers, made the following statements in relation to today’s FCC & FTC Forum on Location Based Services: “Today’s Location Based Services Forum is a positive and important educational opportunity  to highlight best […]

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Statement from CDT and FPF on the Development of App Privacy Guidelines

Statement from the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) and Future of Privacy Forum (FPF)on the Development of App Privacy Guidelines WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) and the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) released the following statement in response to this morning’s Senate hearing on “Consumer Privacy and Protection […]

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FPF Statement on Department of Commerce Privacy Report

Future of Privacy Forum Releases Statement on Department of Commerce Privacy Report Co-Chairs Available for Additional Comment WASHINGTON – Today, the Internet Policy Task Force at the U.S. Department of Commerce released their Draft Privacy Green Paper entitled, “Commercial Data Privacy and Innovation in the Internet Economy: A Dynamic Policy Framework.” The Future of Privacy […]

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Future of Privacy Forum Releases Statement on Federal Trade Commission’s Privacy Report

WASHINGTON – The Federal Trade Commission released their preliminary staff report on “Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers” on December 1. The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) released the following statement in response to the report. This statement should be attributed to Jules Polonetsky and/or Christopher Wolf, co-chairs of the Future of Privacy Forum:

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The Future of Privacy Forum Announces New Publication: “Privacy Papers for Policy Makers: The Future of Privacy Forum Annual Review”

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) co-chairs announced a new competition-based project that is entitled: “Privacy Papers for Policy Makers.” This new publication is made possible in part by the generous support of LexisNexis, AT&T and others. The goal of this endeavor is to highlight important research and analytical work on a […]