Durable Privacy Legislation: An Evidence-Based Privacy Law that Works for the People

Public demand for stronger privacy laws has reached a critical point, and congress is likely to pass sweeping, cross-technology and cross-industry privacy legislation for the first time in US history. This is an exciting juncture for information policy, but also a perilous one. Poorly constructed privacy laws can frustrate the interests of the people they … Continue reading “Durable Privacy Legislation: An Evidence-Based Privacy Law that Works for the People”

PEP Director Jane Bambauer Provides Further Testimony to Senate Judiciary Committee

On March 12, 2019, PEP Director Jane Bambauer testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the likely impact of GDPR and the CCPA on innovation and consumer welfare. Following her testimony, Senator Lindsey Graham requested that Jane expand her testimony by answering a series of written questions. Jane provided her responses on April 3, 2019. … Continue reading “PEP Director Jane Bambauer Provides Further Testimony to Senate Judiciary Committee”

Cambridge Analytica and the Meaning of Privacy Harm

In 2014 and 2015, the research company Cambridge Analytica was able to amass a database of information on 87 million Facebook users, based on the survey results of just a few hundred thousand personality quiz participants. The company then used this data to try to get political consulting clients. In her new white paper, Program … Continue reading “Cambridge Analytica and the Meaning of Privacy Harm”

Are Firms and Consumers Investing Enough in Data Security?

In his new white paper, Are Firms and Consumers Investing Enough in Data Security?, Program on Economics & Privacy affiliated scholar, Sasha Romanosky surveys the cybersecurity terrain and shows the gaps in the tool set used to assess cyber risks and resulting harms in order to answer the question of whether firms and consumers take … Continue reading “Are Firms and Consumers Investing Enough in Data Security?”

The PEP Report – October 2018

by Jane Bambauer Welcome to the inaugural PEP Report, an occasional (roughly monthly) roundup of news, research, and events related to privacy and economics. A lot is happening this year, including upcoming public hearings at the FTC on big data and consumer protection and the recent passage of California’s Consumer Privacy Protection Act. Future PEP … Continue reading “The PEP Report – October 2018”