In the News

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Lauren Smith Featured on WXYZ-TV

“Some of the information may be going to the manufacturer, some may be staying locally on the car, some may be going to your insurance company if you’ve selected that, some may be going to some technology you’ve opted into. So we’re trying to clarify for consumers what kind of information your car may collect and where the information is being sent.”

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Podcast: Lauren Smith Speaks with Bloomberg Law

Lauren Smith, Policy Counsel, spoke with Bloomberg Law today about connected cars and the legal implications of data collection. Lauren discussed the importance of privacy and highlighted many principles that are covered in the our report, “The Connected Car and Privacy: Navigating New Data Issues.”

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Big Data and Elections

Big data analytics offers, “great new ways to engage with voters on the things that really matter to them, which results in more motivated, and hopefully better informed, participants in the electoral process, and likely higher turnouts on election day.”

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Podcast: John Verdi speaks with IAPP

John Verdi, our Vice President of Policy, speaks with Angelique Carson of the International Association of Privacy Professionals about his previous work with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and his new role with the Future of Privacy Forum.

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W&L Law Review Publishes First-ever Disclosure of Facebook Internal Review Process

The Facebook study was the product of a symposium sponsored by W&L Law and theFuture of Privacy Forum (FPF), a DC-based think tank that promotes responsible data privacy policies. The topic of the symposium, as the Facebook paper suggests, was ethical review processes for big data research, with an emphasis on the ethical challenges of internal corporate research by companies that are able to harvest massive amounts of digital data. The event was also supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the National Science Foundation.

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The FAA released rules for the operation of commercial drones

“Drones will bring a wide range of benefits, but for widespread acceptance, it will be essential for the public to feel comfortable that personal data collected by drone operators will be used responsibly. The drone privacy best practices provide guideposts that will help major companies and small operators alike demonstrate that they handle data in a trustworthy manner.”

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The emerging ethical standards for studying corporate data

Microsoft scientists, in an article published this week in the Journal of Oncology Practice, demonstrated that by analyzing large samples of search engine queries, they may, in some cases, be able to identify internet users who are suffering from pancreatic cancer, even before they have received a diagnosis of the disease.

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Student data privacy: Moving from fear to responsible use

Data has always been an inherent part of the educational process – a child’s age, correlated with her grade level, tracked to specific reading or math skills that align with that grade, measured by grades and tests which rank her according to her peers. Today this data is ever more critical.