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In “Algorithmic Impact Assessments under the GDPR: Producing Multi-layered Explanations”, Colorado Law Professor Margot Kaminski and Gianclaudio Malgieri, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, explore how a Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) links the two faces of the GDPR’s approach to algorithmic accountability: individual rights and systemic collaborative governance.
Contextual integrity (CI) was first proposed by Helen Nissenbaum in 2004 as a new framework for reasoning about privacy. Discussing how CI can inform policy and system design, and how the theory can be refined, operationalized, and applied to emerging technologies was the focus of the 2nd Symposium on Applications of Contextual Integrity.
Numerous colleagues have paid tribute to Professor Ian Kerr over the past month. TAP presents a few of the tributes that express how deeply his friendship, mentoring, scholarship, and zest for life are missed.
Harvard Business School professor Shane Greenstein shares findings from studying the aftermath of the Dyn DDOS attack in 2016.
Boston University law professor Danielle Citron shares how the use of deepfake technology to manipulate video and audio for malicious purposes is becoming a real threat.
Chris Hoofnagle (University of California, Berkeley), Woodrow Hartzog (Northeastern University), and Daniel Solove (George Washington University) have joined forces to bring their expertise and insights to the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) privacy regulatory efforts.
In an op-ed piece for The New York Times, Wharton School of Business professor Kevin Werbach shares his insights on why Facebook is entering the cryptocurrency business.
George Washington University privacy law professor Daniel Solove shares his interview with cybersecurity and data privacy experts from Beazley about the issue of profiling and the GDPR.
Privacy law expert Danielle Citron explains how digital technology magnifies the harm from violations of sexual privacy in two new articles, “Sexual Privacy” and “Deep Fakes: A Looming Challenge for Privacy, Democracy, and National Security”.
George Washington University privacy law professor Daniel Solove outlines why the U.S. does not currently have a comprehensive privacy law; and, he provides a practical path to establish federal oversight for privacy and security protections.
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Privacy and Consumers

There are a number of privacy issues related to how online companies collect, store, use and share personally identifiable information; and how consumers are informed about what is done with their information online.

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Government Case Details Sneaky Facebook Behavior

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.
William E. Kovacic
AP News
July 24, 2019

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