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Privacy Scholarship Research Reporter: Issue 5, July 2020 – Preserving Privacy in Machine Learning: New Research on Data and Model Privacy

Notes from FPF In this edition of the “Privacy Scholarship Reporter”, we build on the general knowledge from the first two and then explore some of the technical research being conducted to achieve ethical and privacy goals.  “Is it possible to preserve privacy in the age of AI?”, is a provocative question asked by academic […]

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Newly Released COVID-19 Privacy Bills Would Regulate Pandemic-Related Data

By Pollyanna Sanderson (Policy Counsel), Stacey Gray (Senior Policy Counsel) & Katelyn Ringrose (Christopher Wolf Diversity Law Fellow) Yesterday afternoon, leading House and Senate Democrats introduced the Public Health Emergency Privacy Act. The Democratic-led bill, which was introduced by Senators Blumenthal and Warner, as well as Representatives Eshoo, Schakowsky and DelBene, follows the May 10th […]

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A New U.S. Model for Privacy? Comparing the Washington Privacy Act to GDPR, CCPA, and More

By Stacey Gray, Pollyanna Sanderson, and Katelyn Ringrose Download a printable version of this report (pdf). As Congress continues to work toward drafting and passing a comprehensive national privacy law, state legislators are not slowing down. In Washington State, a new comprehensive privacy law is moving quickly: last week, the Washington Privacy Act (SSB 6281) […]

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Privacy Papers 2019: Spotlight on the Winning Authors

FPF recently announced the winners of the 10th Annual Privacy Papers for Policymakers (PPPM) Award. This Award recognizes leading privacy scholarship that is relevant to policymakers in the United States Congress, at U.S. federal agencies, and for data protection authorities abroad. From many nominated privacy-related papers published in the last year, five were selected by Finalist […]

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Closer than Apart: Comparing Senate Commerce Committee Bills

Together with Senator Cantwell (D-WA)’s bill, the Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act, Senator Wicker’s Discussion Draft represents a significant movement toward bipartisan negotiations in the Senate. But how do the two bills, one from leading Democrats, and one from the Republican Chairman, compare to each other? We find them to be closer together on most issues than they are apart: a promising sign for bipartisan negotiation.

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FPF Receives Grant To Design Ethical Review Process for Research Access to Corporate Data

Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) has received a grant to create an independent party of experts for an ethical review process that can provide trusted vetting of corporate-academic research projects. FPF will establish a pool of respected reviewers to operate as a standalone, on-demand review board to evaluate research uses of personal data and create a set of transparent policies and processes to be applied to such reviews.

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What is 5G Cell Technology?  How Will It Affect Me?

The leap from 3G to 4G technology brought with it faster data transfer speeds, which supported widespread adoption of data cloud and streaming services, video conferencing, and Internet of Things devices such as digital home assistants and smartwatches. 5G technology has the potential to enable another wave of smart devices: always connected and always communicating to provide faster, more personalized services.

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How the FTC Became a “Super CNIL”

By Winston Maxwell European data protection authorities are quick to remind citizens and companies that the U.S. lacks adequate protection of personal data. Many Europeans therefore assume that the U.S. is a privacy no-man’s-land. Yet on July 24, 2019 the FTC levied a privacy fine against Facebook that is far above GDPR levels, and imposed […]

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NAI’s 2020 Code of Conduct Expands Self-Regulation for Ad Tech Providers

By Christy Harris, Stacey Gray, and Meredith Richards As debates over the shape of federal privacy legislation in the United States continue, online advertising remains a key focus of scrutiny in the US Congress, with its recent hearing on digital advertising and data privacy. Amidst these debates, the Networking Advertising Initiative (NAI), the leading self-regulatory body […]