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In honor of Data Privacy Day, TAP highlights some of the recent work from scholars who are thought-leaders with privacy technology-policy issues.
University of California, Berkeley professor Chris Hoofnagle looks beyond the platform-advertiser relationship at Facebook and Google, and examines the developer-platform incentives within these companies.
In an op-ed article written for The Washington Post, Professors Woodrow Hartzog and Neil Richards explain why the current online privacy ecosystem in the U.S. is failing; and, they encourage policymakers to “redefine itself as the country that protects the trust that people give to companies.”
Harvard Business School professor Shane Greenstein provides a tongue-in-cheek look at notable information technology events and people from 2018.
George Washington University law professor Daniel Solove outlines the findings from the New York Attorney General’s investigation into Oath’s violation of COPPA.
For the past couple of years, Santa Clara University law professor Eric Goldman has been delving into all things emojis. This post rounds up all of his work on emojis and the law to date.
Professors Woodrow Hartzog, Northeastern University School of Law, and Daniel Solove, George Washington University, share their expertise with the FTC during the Hearings Initiative on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century.
Several TAP scholars will be sharing their insights during next week’s FTC Hearing on whether changes in the economy, new technologies, or international developments warrant adjustments to the competition and consumer protection laws and policies.
Discussing contextual integrity as a framework to design, evaluate, and craft regulation for privacy was the focus of last month’s symposium hosted by Princeton’s Center for Information Technology and Cornell Tech’s Digital Life Initiative. Read the summary of the report.
Columbia law professor Tim Wu shares expertise from his time as a Senior Advisor with the Federal Trade Commission to explain how the agency approved Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram. Professor Wu proposes unwinding that merger in order to insert competition to help ‘check’ Facebook’s power.
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This article reports on Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) efforts to regulate Facebook’s privacy weaknesses. William Kovacic, George Washington University law professor and former FTC Chairman, is quoted.
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