About this Issue
Data technologies allow service providers to mine benign digital activities for information to generate revenue and provide valuable services — prompting concern from some and innovation from others. However, the law privileges some types of information over others. It may be unethical to collect or use sensitive data without adequate precautions and notifications. Unfortunately, laws defining sensitive data can vary widely. The Future of Privacy Forum recognizes the need to clarify these terms, and the Sensitive Data issue page serves as resource for the developments in the characterization, collection, and use of sensitive data.