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Framing the "Big Data Industry"

For all its hype, discussions about Big Data often still devolve into debates about buzzwords and concepts like business intelligence, data analytics, and machine learning. Hidden in each of these terms are important privacy and ethical considerations. A recent article by Kirsten Martin in MIS Quarterly Executive attempts to bring these considerations to the surface by moving past framing […]

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Public Perceptions on Privacy

Today’s new report by the Pew Research Center gives the lie to the notion that privacy is unimportant to the average American. Instead, the big take away is that individuals feel like they lack any control over their personal information. These feelings are directed at the public and private sector alike, and suggest a profound […]

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"Databuse" as the Future of Privacy?

Is “privacy” such a broad concept as to be meaningless from a legal and policy perspective? On Tuesday, October 14th, the Center for Democracy & Technology hosted a conversation with Benjamin Wittes and Wells Bennett, frequently of the national security blog, Lawfare, to discuss their recent scholarship on “databuse” and the scope of corporate responsibilities […]

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Interest Based Ads and More Transparency

Facebook wasn’t doing interest based advertising until now?  Huh? Most users of Facebook know that the ads they see are selected by Facebook based on information on their profile, what they have “liked” and interests they have selected.  Most have also noticed that if they visit a web site off Facebook like Zappos, they may […]

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Privacy legal fights should focus on intrusion, not hurt feelings

Please see FPF Advisory Board member Neil M. Richards in “Privacy legal fights should focus on intrusion, not hurt feelings”, an article from Washington University in St. Louis Newsroom by Jessica Martin. Richards discusses how American privacy law was created in the 19th and 20th centuries and is an inadequate guide for 21st century privacy […]

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Privacy Legislation Low on Legislators' List of Priorities

Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) participated in the State of the Net West conference on Tuesday of this week where she said prospects were bleak for any privacy legislation to make it through Congress this year. Even though online privacy tops Eshoo’s list of technological priorities, she believes it lands differently on Congress’ list. With debates […]