Posts by Joseph Jerome

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Controlling the Future of Privacy

Last week, I was fortunate enough to see several cool new applications of location technology and social data at two conferences which bookended my week. Privacy issues were addressed at the end of each conference, which I understand: a lecture about privacy is the last thing entrepreneurs and researchers want to hear. Unfortunately, privacy can […]

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Big Presidential Campaigns Raise Big Privacy Issues

As the election season gets into full swing, campaigns are eager to collect and use information about voters everywhere. A recent study by the Online Trust Alliance found major failings’ with the campaigns’ privacy policies, and beyond the nuts and bolts of having an online privacy notice, political hunger for data presents very real challenges for voters […]

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Beyond the Common Rule: IRBs for Big Data and Beyond?

In the wake of last year’s news about the Facebook “emotional contagion” study and subsequent public debate about the role of A/B Testing and ethical concerns around the use of Big Data, FPF Senior Fellow Omer Tene participated in a December symposum on corporate consumer research hosted by Silicon Flatirons. This past month, the Colorado Technology […]

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Beyond the Common Rule

Jules Polonetsky, Omer Tene, and Joseph Jerome address the processes required to authorize noncontextual data uses at corporations or not-for-profit organizations in the absence of additional notice and …

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Tackling Privacy, One Carnegie Mellon Project at a Time

Last Thursday, the Future of Privacy Forum hosted a conversation among five of CMU’s leading privacy researchers. While the panelists discussed a number of their leading privacy projects, I wanted to highlight some of the interesting takeaways I took from the presentation. Many of the researchers focused on how subtle nudges can be used to change people’s behaviors. […]

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Practical De-Identification Workshop

“Practical De-Identification” was held on July 9, 2015. The event was attended by industry and policy leaders from a range of sectors, who joined in a lively and in-depth discussion about what it means …

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Altimeter Offers Up Privacy Lessons for IoT

A new report today from Altimeter explores what brands can learn about consumer privacy perceptions in the booming Internet of Things. The group warns of the “massive gulf between consumer awareness and industry practices when it comes to practice,” and suggests that companies could respond to consumer anxiety by pursing more trusted customer relationships. At […]

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Framing the "Big Data Industry"

For all its hype, discussions about Big Data often still devolve into debates about buzzwords and concepts like business intelligence, data analytics, and machine learning. Hidden in each of these terms are important privacy and ethical considerations. A recent article by Kirsten Martin in MIS Quarterly Executive attempts to bring these considerations to the surface by moving past framing […]