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FPF Submits Comments Regarding Data Protection & COVID-19 Ahead of National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics Hearing

Yesterday, FPF submitted comments to the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) ahead of a Virtual Hearing of the Subcommittee on Privacy, Confidentiality, and Security on September 14, 2020.  The hearing will explore considerations for data collection and use during a public health emergency, in light of the deployment of new technologies for […]

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Change Could be Soon Coming to the FTC, the Lead U.S. Agency on Privacy

The U.S. Presidential election is almost upon us, and it could have a big impact on the future of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the de facto national privacy regulator and law enforcer. The FTC lineup has been steady since 2018 but that could soon change – no matter who wins the election. Prior to […]

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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.