What Privacy Papers Should Policymakers be Reading in 2016?


Each year, FPF invites privacy scholars and authors to submit articles and papers to be considered by members of our Advisory Board, with an aim toward showcasing those articles that should inform any conversation about privacy among policymakers in Congress, as well as at the Federal Trade Commission and in other government agencies. For our sixth annual Privacy Papers for Policymakers, we received submissions on topics ranging from mobile app privacy, to location tracking, to drone policy.

Our Advisory Board selected papers that describe the challenges and best practices of designing privacy notices, ways to minimize the risks of re-identification of data by focusing on process-based data release policy and taking a precautionary approach to data release, the relationship between privacy and markets, and bringing the concept of trust more strongly into privacy principles.

Our top privacy papers for 2015 are, in alphabetical order:
Florian Schaub, Rebecca Balebako, Adam L. Durity, and Lorrie Faith Cranor
Ira S. Rubinstein and Woodrow Hartzog
Arvind Narayanan, Joanna Huey, and Edward W. Felten
Ryan Calo
Neil Richards and Woodrow Hartzog
Our two papers selected for Notable Mention are:
Peter Swire (Testimony, Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing, July 8, 2015)
Joel R. Reidenberg

These papers illuminate concerns that will continue to drive privacy debates in 2016. We look forward to celebrating the formal release of FPF’s Privacy Papers for Policymakers digest at an event with the authors the evening of January 13th, 2016. Save the date–more details to come!

We also want to thank Microsoft, EY, AT&T, and TUNE for their special support of this project. And we thank the scholars, advocates, and Advisory Board members that are engaged with us to explore the future of privacy.