SOURCE: Frankly


October 24, 2013 11:05 ET

Frankly Adds Privacy Powerhouse to Its Advisory Board to Support Mobile Data Protection

Future of Privacy Forum Executive Director Jules Polonetsky Joins Frankly's Advisory Board

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 24, 2013) - Frankly (, a next generation texting app that empowers people to speak freely and anonymously, announced today that Jules Polonetsky, Internet privacy expert and executive director and co-chair of the Future of Privacy Forum, has joined its advisory board. Jules' expertise will specifically help Frankly advocate mobile privacy and the consumer right to delete digital content.

"As consumers of all ages move more of their communications online, they are increasingly finding it difficult to control the dissemination of their content," said Polonetsky. "I'm thrilled to work with Frankly and help ensure that mobile communication remains a place for private conversation, and not intended for documentation or misuse."

Since 2008, Polonetsky has led the Future of Privacy Forum, a think tank seeking to improve the state of online privacy by advancing responsible data practices and works to advance transparency and control concerning online, mobile and social initiatives, among others. Previously, Polonetsky served as Chief Privacy Officer and SVP for Consumer Advocacy at AOL and as Chief Privacy Officer and Special Counsel for DoubleClick. Prior to that, he served as the NYC Consumer Affairs Commissioner for Mayor Rudy Guliani and was an elected member of the New York State Assembly.

"People should have the ability to speak freely within a digital space, without the fear of being recorded or taken out of context," said Steve Chung, CEO of Frankly. "Working with Jules will help support our stance around mobile privacy and convey the right to communications that stay private."

Frankly works just like standard texting and photo messaging, however, the message disappears completely after the recipient views it. Messages and photos that are sent through Frankly are encrypted and visually obscured, and recipients must click on the message for it to be readable. Once read, the message disappears after a 10-second countdown. When the message is gone, it's gone forever from Frankly's servers.

Frankly's advisory board consists of leading investors and executives within the mobile and technology sector. For more information about Frankly's advisory board visit:

About Frankly
Frankly is a next generation texting app that empowers people to speak freely and anonymously, allowing them to be their unedited self. Available for free on iOS and Android devices, Frankly deletes messages and photos immediately after friends read them, so every conversation is a clean slate and everything sent stays between you and your friends. For more information about Frankly, visit

About Future of Privacy Forum
The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) is a Washington, DC based think tank that seeks to advance responsible data practices. The forum is led by Internet privacy experts Jules Polonetsky and Christopher Wolf and includes an advisory board comprised of leading figures from industry, academia, law and advocacy groups. For more information about the Future of Privacy Forum visit:

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