White Papers

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User Reputation: Building Trust and Addressing Privacy Issues in the Sharing Economy

Ahead of the Federal Trade Commission’s June 9 workshop on the sharing economy, “User Reputation: Building Trust and Addressing Privacy Issues in the Sharing Economy” by Joseph Jerome, Benedicte Dambrine, and Ben Ambrose discusses the reputational, trust and privacy challenges users and providers face concerning the management and accuracy of shared information.

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A Practical Privacy Paradigm for Wearables

A Practical Privacy Paradigm for Wearables is available to read here.  * * * * * * Only a week into 2015, and already it looks to be the year of wearable technologies. At this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), wearables and the Internet of Things have dominated the conversations and the exhibition halls. […]

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Lessons from Fair Lending Law for Fair Marketing and Big Data

Lessons from Fair Lending Law for Fair Marketing and Big Data Where discrimination presents a real threat, big data need not necessary lead us to a new frontier. Existing laws, including the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and other fair lending laws, provide a number of protections that are relevant when big data is used for […]

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Big Data: A Tool for Fighting Discrimination and Empowering Groups

Big Data: A Tool for Fighting Discrimination and Empowering Groups Even as big data uses are examined for evidence of facilitating unfair and unlawful discrimination, data can help to fight discrimination. It is already being used in myriad ways to protect and to empower vulnerable groups in society. In partnership with the Anti-Defamation League, FPF […]

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Big Data: A Benefit and Risk Analysis

On September 11, 2014, FPF released a whitepaper we hope will help to  frame the big data conversation moving forward and promote better understanding of how big data can shape our lives. Big Data: A Benefit and Risk Analysis provides a practical guide for how benefits can be assessed in the future, but they also show how […]

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The US-EU Safe Harbor: An Analysis of the Framework’s Effectiveness in Protecting Personal Privacy

This morning, the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) released our report on the effectiveness of the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor program.  Our analysis, which we first announced in August, responds to recent recommendations by the European Commission and suggests a number of areas where the framework can be further strengthened. An overview of key findings and […]

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A New Privacy Paradigm for the “Internet of Things”

Today the FTC is hosting a workshop on the Internet of Things, which will feature many great panelists including FPF’s Co-Chairman Christopher Wolf.  Chris and FPF Executive Director Jules Polonetsky have also today released a whitepaper arguing for a new privacy paradigm in the new highly connected world. The whitepaper argues that current implementations of […]