Issues

Issues

  • Online
    Many people are surprised to learn that data about their online habits, including the web sites and services they visit, are being collected and shared by marketers in order to target advertising. Almost every time we go online, using our computers or mobile devices, each of us produces data in some form. This data may contain only oblique information about who we are and what we are doing, but when enough of it is aggregated, facts about us which we believed were private has the potential to become known to and used by others.

  • Mobile
    Find information about location, design for trust, and application privacy.

  • Global
    Many countries have different approaches to data protection and information privacy. However, the increasing interconnectedness of people around the globe through online business, communications and social media has created a convergence of privacy law, prompting countries to approach data and information law in a common way.
  • Smart Grid
    Whether collected directly from consumers with devices or services they install or whether consumers authorize smart meters to provide energy data to third party service providers, it is essential that a flexible framework exists that ensures consumer privacy protections are in place and that responsible businesses can responsibly access the data needed to serve consumers.  Regulatory efforts that create a bar to effectively serving consumers will limit the development of new services for consumers and limit the opportunities for smart grid innovations that will improve energy efficiency.
  • Innovation & Data Use
    In recent years, information gleaned from the analysis of large data sets has led to scientific innovation, critical research, and advances that benefit society. Commercially, data mining and analytics have become a key aspect of efficient marketing and production practices.  In addition, data collection and processing have become an important part of protecting consumers against fraud and other digital dangers.
  • Encryption/Lawful Access
    The first goal is to provide intellectual leadership on encryption as that topic becomes a major area of controversy globally in countries including India and China.
    As an alternative or complement to limitations on encryption, law enforcement and national security agencies can seek lawful access to communications and stored data.  In the United States, the FBI has called for updates to CALEA, the 1994 statute that requires telecommunications providers to architect their systems to enable wiretaps.
  • Privacy Papers
    Each year, the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) invites privacy scholars and authors with an interest in privacy issues to submit papers to be considered for FPF’s “Privacy Papers for Policy Makers.”

Privacy Calendar

Nov
7
Fri
all-day George Washington Law Review 201... @ George Washington University Law School
George Washington Law Review 201... @ George Washington University Law School
Nov 7 – Nov 8 all-day
Save the date for the GW Law Review‘s Annual Symposium, The FTC at 100: Centennial Commemorations and Proposals for Progress, which will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014, in Washington, DC. This year’s symposium, hosted in[...]
Nov
11
Tue
10:15 am You Are Here: GPS Location Track... @ Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows
You Are Here: GPS Location Track... @ Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows
Nov 11 @ 10:15 am
EFF Staff Attorney Hanni Fakhoury will present twice at the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association’s Annual Sunny Climate Seminar. He will give a presentation on government location tracking issues and then participate in a panel[...]
Nov
12
Wed
all-day PCLOB Public Meeting on “Definin... @ Washington Marriott Hotel
PCLOB Public Meeting on “Definin... @ Washington Marriott Hotel
Nov 12 all-day
The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board will conduct a public meeting with industry representatives, academics, technologists, government personnel, and members of the advocacy community, on the topic: “Defining Privacy.”   While the Board will[...]
Nov
20
Thu
all-day W3C Workshop on Privacy and User... @ Berlin, Germany
W3C Workshop on Privacy and User... @ Berlin, Germany
Nov 20 – Nov 21 all-day
The Workshop on User Centric App Controls intents to further the discussion among stakeholders of the mobile web platform, including researchers, developers and service providers. This workshop serves to investigate strategies toward better privacy protection[...]
Dec
2
Tue
all-day IAPP Practical Privacy Series 2014
IAPP Practical Privacy Series 2014
Dec 2 – Dec 3 all-day
Government and FTC and Consumer Privacy return to Washington, DC. For more information, click here.
Dec
11
Thu
9:00 am Progress of the EU Data Protecti...
Progress of the EU Data Protecti...
Dec 11 @ 9:00 am
The EU Member States have agreed to conclude the negotiations on the EU Data Protection draft Regulation in 2015. The process will have arrived at a critical point by the end of this year. The[...]

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