Scientific research often requires access to personal information to unlock insights that will improve our world. For those insights to be trusted, however, it is essential that any personal information is processed in a lawful and ethical manner that respects privacy and security considerations. FPF engages stakeholders across academia and industry to produce best practices and ethical review structures that promote responsible research. We elevate and honor responsible research collaborations through our events and awards, including the FPF Award for Research Data Stewardship. All of our work is centered around the goal of streamlining, encouraging, and promoting responsible scientific research that respects essential privacy and ethical considerations throughout the process. FPF’s Ethical Data Use Committee (EDUC), for example, is an independent ethical review panel that reviews and evaluates the risks and benefits of organizations’ data-sharing projects with academic researchers. Finally, FPF works with policymakers to develop legislative protections that support effective, responsible research with strong privacy safeguards, including hosting events that allow policymakers and regulators to engage directly with practitioners from academia, advocacy, and industry. FPF’s research work is led by Dr. Sara Jordan.
BCIs are computer-based systems that directly record, process, analyze, or modulate human brain activity in the form of neurodata that is then translated into an output command from human to machine. Neurodata is data generated by the nervous system, composed of the electrical activities between neurons or proxies of this activity. When neurodata is linked, or reasonably linkable, to an individual, it is personal neurodata.
Digital data is a strategic asset for business. It is also an asset for researchers seeking to answer socially beneficial questions using company held data. Research using secondary data introduces new challenges and ethical concerns for research administrators and research ethics committees, like IRBs. FPF Senior Researcher, AI & Ethics, Dr. Sara Jordan, analyzes some […]
Stanford Medicine & Empatica, Google and Its Academic Partners Receive FPF Award for Research Data Stewardship
The second-annual FPF Award for Research Data Stewardship honors two teams of researchers and corporate partners for their commitment to privacy and ethical uses of data in their efforts to research aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. One team is a collaboration between Stanford Medicine researchers led by Tejaswini Mishra, PhD, Professor Michael Snyder, PhD, and […]
Research from Stanford Medicine and Empatica, Inc: Early Detection of COVID-19 Using Empatica Smartwatch Data
Tejaswini Mishra, PhD, Michael Snyder, PhD, Erika Mahealani Hunting, Alessandra Celli, Arshdeep Chauhan, and Jessi Wanyi Li from the Stanford University School of Medicine’s Department of Genetics, and Empatica Inc. are the recipients of the second-annual FPF Award for Research Data Stewardship. The collaboration between the research team from Stanford Medicine and Empatica, a medical […]
Google has been recognized with the second-annual FPF Award for Research Data Stewardship for its work to produce, aggregate, anonymize, and share data on community movement during the COVID-19 pandemic. Google’s Community Mobility Reports go through a robust anonymization process that employs differential privacy techniques to ensure that personal data, including an individual’s location, movement, […]
In legislatures across the United States, state lawmakers are introducing proposals to govern the uses of automated decision-making systems (ADS) in record numbers. In contrast to comprehensive privacy bills that would regulate collection and use of personal information, automated decision-making system (ADS) bills in 2021 specifically seek to address increasing concerns about racial bias or […]
Scientific research is often dependent on access to personal information, whether collected directly from individuals or collected for a real-world use and then accessed for research. For research to be trusted, processing of personal information must be lawful, ethical and subject to privacy and security protections. Supporting responsible research is a priority for FPF: Data […]
Acting FTC Chairwoman Slaughter Highlights Priorities in Privacy Papers for Policymakers Event Keynote
The Future of Privacy Forum’s 11th-annual Privacy Papers for Policymakers event – the first event in the series to take place virtually – was a success! This year’s event featured a keynote speech by Acting FTC Chairwoman Rebecca Kelly Slaughter and facilitated discussions between the winning authors – Amy B. Cyphert, Clarisse Girot, Brittan Heller, Tiffany C. […]
The Call for Nominations for the 2021 FPF Award for Research Data Stewardship is now open. You can find the nominations forms here. We ask that nominations be submitted by Monday, March 1, 2021. The FPF Award for Research Data Stewardship recognizes excellence in the privacy-protective stewardship of corporate data that is shared with academic researchers. […]
The 2020 Brussels Privacy Symposium is the fourth-annual academic program jointly presented by the Brussels Privacy Hub of Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and is a global convening of practical, applicable, substantive privacy research and scholarship. On December 2, 2020, the fourth iteration of the Brussels Privacy Symposium, “Research and the Protection of […]