New Research from PEP Scholars

Anonymity, Autonomy, and the Collection of Personal Data: Measuring the Privacy Impact of Google’s 2012 Privacy Policy Change

James Cooper
George Mason University – Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty

The Missing Role of Economics in FTC Privacy Policy

James Cooper
George Mason University – Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty

Joshua D. Wright
George Mason University – Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty




Second Annual Digital Information Policy Scholars Conference Call For Papers

The Program on Economics & Privacy (PEP) at Antonin Scalia Law School, will host a scholars conference on the economics of digital information policy on April 28, 2017.

TOPICS: Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
– Consumer valuation of privacy
– The impact of privacy & data security regulation on consumers and firms
– Data security in the payment industry
– Liability issues surrounding the Internet of Things
– The use of big data for consumers scoring
– Big data and price discrimination
– Targeted advertising
– Ad blocking
– The intersection of privacy and competition policy
– Information, privacy, and education policy
– Consumer responses to disclosures
– Privacy and data security issues surrounding biometrics

The selection committee includes Alessandro Acquisti (Carnegie Mellon), Jane Bambauer (University of Arizona), James E. Rogers College of Law), Michael Baye (Indiana University, Kelley School of Business), James Cooper (George Mason University, Antonin Scalia Law School), Bruce Kobayashi (George Mason University, Antonin Scalia Law School), Andrew Stivers (Federal Trade Commission), Catherine Tucker (MIT, Sloan School of Management), and Liad Wagman (Illinois Institute of Technology).

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Please send your paper or abstract by February 13, 2017, to Jeff T. Smith, Coordinator of PEP, at 

Professor James Cooper Appears on Tech Freedom Panel Discussing Broadband Privacy


On Monday, PEP Director Professor James Cooper had the opportunity to join other privacy experts in a discussion on the proper role of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in enforcement of privacy rules. Professor Cooper was joined by Maggie Reardon, Senior Writer at CNET; Christin McMeley, Partner and Chair of the Privacy and Security Practice at Davis Wright Tremaine; Marc Rotenberg, President and Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC); Tim Sparapani, Senior Policy Fellow at CALinnovates; and Berin Szóka, President of Tech Freedom.

You can view the discussion in its entirety below: