This Year’s Must-Read Privacy Papers: The Future of Privacy Forum Announces Recipients of Annual Privacy Papers for Policymakers Award


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December 17, 2018
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This Year’s Must-Read Privacy Papers: The Future of Privacy Forum Announces Recipients of Annual Privacy Papers for Policymakers Award

Washington, DC – Today, the Future of Privacy Forum announced the winners of the 9th Annual Privacy Papers for Policymakers Award. The PPPM Award recognizes leading privacy scholarship that is relevant to policymakers in the U.S. Congress, at U.S. federal agencies, and for data protection authorities abroad. The winners of the 2018 PPPM Award are:

  • Shattering One-Way Mirrors. Data Subject Access Rights in Practice, by Jef Ausloos, University of Amsterdam Institute for Information Law and Pierre Dewitte, KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law
    • An empirical and legal study arguing that data subject access rights are usually not adequately accommodated, while providing concrete suggestions for data controllers to remedy this issue.
  • Sexual Privacy, by Danielle Keats Citron, University of Maryland Carey School of Law
    • A discussion of sexual privacy abuses that disproportionately harm the privacy of women, non-whites, and sexual minorities, while arguing for a legal and market approach to enhance privacy interests.
  • Slave to the Algorithm? Why a ‘Right to an Explanation’ is Probably not the Remedy you are Looking for, by Lilian Edwards, Newcastle Law School and Michael Veale, University College London
    • An argument that a right to an explanation under GDPR is an inadequate remedy for algorithms, which often result in unfairness and discrimination. Other parts of the GDPR; however, could be used to increase algorithm responsibility.
  • Privacy Localism, by Ira Rubinstein, New York University School of Law
    • A comprehensive analysis of local privacy regulation (through the use of Seattle and New York City privacy laws), which fill gaps in federal and state privacy laws related to surveillance and fair information practices. Local regulation has the potential to inspire future regulation at the federal and state level.
  • Designing Without Privacy, by Ari Ezra Waldman, New York Law School
    • Findings from an ethnographic study on how those designing technology products integrate privacy, think about privacy, and consider privacy in the design process. The study concludes that privacy barely factors into design, and provides a framework for how reforms can enhance privacy and organizational learning, while eradicating biases.

From many nominated privacy-related papers published in the last year, these five were selected by a diverse team of academics, advocates, and industry privacy professionals from FPF’s Advisory Board. These papers demonstrate a thoughtful analysis of emerging issues and propose new means of analysis that can lead to real-world policy impact, making them “must-read” privacy scholarship for policymakers.

Two papers were selected for Honorable Mention: Regulating Bot Speech, by Madeline Lamo, United States Court of Federal Claims and Ryan Calo, University of Washington School of Law; and The Intuitive Appeal of Explainable Machines, by Andrew D. Selbst, Yale Information Society Project and Solon Barocas, Cornell University.

For the third year in a row, FPF also granted a Student Paper Award. For this award, student work must meet similar guidelines as those set for the general Call for Nominations. The Student Paper Award is presented to Diffusion of User Tracking Data in the Online Advertising Ecosystem, by Muhammad Ahmad Bashir and Christo Wilson, Northeastern University.

“Academic scholarship can serve as a valuable resource for policymakers considering potential privacy legislation,” said Jules Polonetsky, FPF’s CEO. “Now more than ever, topics such as artificial intelligence, algorithmic discrimination, connected cars, and transatlantic data flows are at the forefront of the privacy debate. These papers are ‘must-reads’ for any thoughtful legislator or government executive who wants to make an impact in this rapidly evolving space.”

The winning authors have been invited to join FPF and Honorary Co-Hosts Senator Edward J. Markey and Congresswoman Diana DeGette to present their work at the U.S. Senate with policymakers, academics, and industry privacy professionals. This annual event will be held on February 06, 2019. FPF will subsequently publish a printed digest of summaries of the winning papers for distribution to policymakers, privacy professionals, and the public.

The PPPM event is free, open to the general public, and widely attended. To RSVP, please visit This event is supported by a National Science Foundation grant. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in these papers are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) is a non-profit organization that serves as a catalyst for privacy leadership and scholarship, advancing principled data practices in support of emerging technologies. Learn more about FPF by visiting