The Future of Privacy

The debate over use of consumer digital data has now raged for decades. Legislative or advocacy proposals seek to reign in behavioral advertising, RFID tags, social networks and the use of location data. Businesses maintain these practices are done for the benefit of consumers and support free content and services. Is the struggle over online privacy a witchhunt or a noble effort to protect consumers? And how do the stakes change when government agencies join the fray?

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Jules Polonetsky

Future of Privacy Forum

Jules Polonetsky serves as executive director and co-chair of the Future of Privacy Forum, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank that seeks to advance responsible data practices. FPF is supported by the chief privacy officers of more than 110 leading companies, several foundations, as well as by an advisory board comprised of the country’s leading academics and advocates. FPF’s current projects focus on big data, mobile, location, apps, the internet of things, wearables, de-identification, connected cars and student privacy.

His previous roles have included serving as chief privacy officer at AOL and before that at DoubleClick; as consumer affairs commissioner for New York City; as an elected New York State Legislator and as a congressional staffer; and as an attorney.

Jules serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Copyright Information. He has served on the boards of a number of privacy and consumer protection organizations including TRUSTe, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, and the Network Advertising Initiative. From 2011-2012, Jules served on the Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee.

In 2001, Crain’s NY Business magazine named Jules one of the top technology leaders in New York City. He is a regular speaker at privacy and technology events and has testified or presented before Congressional committees and the Federal Trade Commission.

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