Call for Public Comments: Resources for Companies Sharing Personal Data with Academic Researchers


In June 2019, FPF launched the Corporate-Academic Data Stewardship Research Alliance, a peer-to-peer network of private companies that share the goal of facilitating privacy-protective data sharing between businesses and academic researchers. The Alliance has worked to support data sharing efforts, help address and mitigate challenges that create barriers to sharing, and promote responsible and privacy-protective practices that enable more data sharing between industry and academic researchers. 

FPF Senior Fellow Mike Hintze has been leading the project, working with 25 prominent organizations to develop usable, privacy-focused resources for companies that share personal data with academic researchers.

Today, FPF releases two resources in working form:

  • A set of privacy best practices that companies should consider when sharing personal data with academic researchers, and 
  • Contract guidelines to help establish meaningful safeguards and set clear responsibilities between companies and researchers. 

In the spirit of openness and collaboration, FPF invites public comments from companies, researchers, privacy experts, and all other interested individuals and stakeholders regarding these resources.

Following the comment period, FPF will publish revised versions of these two documents so that companies and researchers can use them to help facilitate responsible and protective data sharing. 

How to Comment:

Please email your feedback to: [email protected]. Please submit your feedback no later than Thursday, April 30, 2020.

View the Best Practices

View the Contract Guidelines