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TAP Highlights

Study Informs Design Guidelines for Personalized Privacy Assistants

Users may be overwhelmed by the task of managing data collection by IoT devices. In ”Identifying the Best Designs for Personalized Privacy Assistants,” privacy experts Lorrie Faith Cranor, Alessandro Acquisti, and their coauthors set out recommendations for the design of “privacy assistants” based on a study of users.

Can Platform-Businesses Pivot to Survive Amidst COVID-19?

“In just three months, … COVID-19 and the resulting economic shock have challenged platform models –like all businesses— to prove their grit and resilience. Can the disruptors pivot as quickly as they began?”
– from “Pandemic Stress-tests Platform Power” by Geoffrey Parker, Dartmouth, Marshall Van Alstyne, BU, and Peter Evans

When and How Courts Should Award Enhanced Patent Damages

Often, courts award treble damages in patent infringement suits. Why? “In Enhanced Damages for Patent Infringement: A Normative Approach,” economist Keith Hylton explains that there is no particular reason that treble damages will always be best; sometimes, awards should not be enhanced, but in some cases infringement will be best deterred by multiplying damages by a factor of four or more.

Privacy “Dashboards” Help Users Manage Privacy

In “’It’s a scavenger hunt’: Usability of Websites’ Opt-Out and Data Deletion Choices,” privacy experts Lorrie Faith Cranor, Alessandro Acquisti, and their coauthors report that users struggle to manage privacy online, and offer guidelines to improve privacy controls and bolster confidence that choices will be honored.

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