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TAP Highlights

Information Sharing in Data Markets is Ubiquitous

“But when individuals value their privacy either for its own sake or because privacy enables them to get better deals or better products in the future, information sharing also creates negative externalities.” – MIT Economist Daron Acemoglu

Politics, Not Economics, Best Explains Loss of Antitrust Safe Harbors

In the 1980s and 1990s, courts and regulatory agencies recognized that aggressive antitrust enforcement could do more harm than good. In “The Death of Antitrust Safe Harbors: Causes and Consequences,” law professors Joshua Wright and Lindsey Edwards assess the decline of antitrust “safe harbors,” noting that the decline of safe harbors cannot be justified by new economic knowledge, and is probably due to political factors.

What to Look Forward to at Next Week’s Privacy+Security Forum

Throughout the 3-day virtual event, participants can explore topics as diverse as the intersection between digital privacy, civil rights, and online influence; surveillance in a post-Schrems II world; contact tracing technologies; and, policy regulations from the state to global levels –just to name a few.

Do Simplified Privacy Policies Really Work?

Many privacy advocates urge firms to make their privacy policies shorter and easier to read. But is this likely to make consumers less willing to share data? In “Simplification of Privacy Disclosures: An Experimental Test,” law professors Omri Ben-Shahar and Adam Chilton report that even when answering survey questions about sensitive sexual practices, consumers are willing to share data even when shown simplified privacy policies or warning labels highlighting data sharing.

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