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Congratulations to Former FPF Advisory Board Member, Jim Byrne, the new General Counsel of the Veterans Administration

Former FPF Advisory Board Member (and former IAPP Chairman of Board) James Byrne was confirmed on Friday by the United States Senate to be General Counsel of the Veterans Administration. Jim has had a great career as a privacy leader at Lockheed Martin, and is a great choice to help address the many challenges facing the VA and our veterans. We have appreciated his advice, support and friendship and look forward to his success. We wish him good luck!

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The House’s SELF DRIVE Act Races Ahead on Privacy

In a rare moment of bipartisanship, the House Energy and Commerce Committee yesterday unanimously approved the SELF DRIVE Act H.R. 3388, sending it to the full House of Representatives for consideration. The bill facilitates introduction and testing of autonomous cars by clarifying federal and state roles, and by granting exemptions from motor vehicle standards that have impeded introduction of new automated vehicle technologies. This vote was an important step forward in enabling introduction of new technologies that have the potential to transform the future of mobility and maximize consumer safety.

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Roundtable Discussion: Smart Cities and Open Data (2017 MetroLab Network Annual Summit)

The Smart Cities and Open Data movements promise to use data to spark civic innovation and engagement, promote inclusivity, and transform modern communities. At the same time, advances in sensor technology, re-identification science, and Big Data analytics have challenged cities and their partners to construct effective safeguards for the collection, use, sharing, and disposal of personal information.

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Privacy Protective Research: Facilitating Ethically Responsible Access to Administrative Data

Jules Polonetsky, CEO, Future of Privacy Forum, Omer Tene, Senior Fellow, Future of Privacy Forum, and Daniel Goroff, Vice President and Program Director, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation authored a paper titled Privacy Protective Research: Facilitating Ethically Responsible Access to Administrative Data. This paper will be featured in an upcoming edition of The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

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The Future of Digital Privacy

Jules Polonetksy, Future of Privacy Forum’s CEO, was featured on Episode 5 of The Front Row, a podcast by 2U. The conversation centered around responsible data collection and the future of digital privacy. Jules discussed how chief privacy officers and cyber security experts will be able to harness the good in technology and mitigate the risks.

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Future of Privacy Forum Releases “Data and the Connected Car” Infographic in Advance of FTC & NHTSA Workshop

Washington, DC – Today, the Future of Privacy Forum released an infographic, “Data and the Connected Car – Version 1.0.,” describing the basic data-generating devices and flows in today’s connected vehicles. The infographic will help consumers and businesses alike understand the emerging data ecosystems that power incredible new features—features that can warn drivers of an accident before they see it, or jolt them awake if they fall asleep at the wheel.

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Consumer Genetic Testing: Beginning to Assess Privacy Practices

Genetic testing is becoming more widely available to consumers; such testing can be an exciting new opportunity to help individuals flesh out family histories, discover cultural connections, and learn about their personal backgrounds. The availability of low-cost genetic sequencing and analysis has led to numerous businesses offering a variety of services, including some that provide detailed health and wellness reports that explain how genetics can influence risks for certain diseases. The enthusiastic public response demonstrates that there is great demand for this knowledge.