Future of Privace Forum | Street Fight

Why the Mobile Industry Needs to Address Its Data Problem

Steven Jacobs

Why the Mobile Industry Needs to Address Its Data Problem

Earlier this week, the Washington Post published a report detailing the widespread use of surveillance software by governments to track the movements of cellphone users both within and outside their borders. The news highlights yet another example of a dangerous schism developing in a data-driven advertising-technology industry between the reason consumers share data and the way it is eventually used…

In-Store Tracking — Privacy Intrusion or Communications Problem?

Myriah Towner

In-Store Tracking — Privacy Intrusion or Communications Problem?

As the web continues to expand beyond the desktop, it is infusing itself into the parts of our lives which we’ve traditionally viewed as offline and out of reach, creating an uneasiness among consumers. The question for the technology community is whether users’ fears represent a material resistance by a weary market or natural lag between their concern and the recognition of the value of location tracking which these services will eventually produce…

Consumer Privacy in Focus as Regulators Zero in on Mobile

Brian Dengler

Consumer Privacy in Focus as Regulators Zero in on Mobile

Jules Polonetsky, co-chair of the Future of Privacy Forum, says that policy makers should not confuse their desire to protect consumers with legitimate passive use of smartphone data to provide core mobile services. Those functions include using tower triangulation to locate the device in order to provide the strongest signal, ensure critical mission flows, or help users find wifi connections…