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(Video) Research Paper Summary: Effects of Conferring Business Resource on Rivals

In this video, Dr. Jamison summarizes his working paper “Effects of Conferring Business Resource on Rivals,” presented at the Research Roundtable on the Data-Competition Interface hosted by the Law & Economics Center’s Program on Economics & Privacy on March 31, 2022, at the Antonin Scalia Law School in Arlington, VA.

Dr. Mark Jamison is the Director and Gerald Gunter Professor of the Public Utility Research Center (PURC), and Director of the Digital Markets Initiative (DMI) at the University of Florida.

Call for Papers: Research Roundtable on “Regulating Privacy”

The Program on Economics & Privacy (PEP) at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School invites applications for the Research Roundtable on Regulating Privacy.  In the past year, Congress has considered sweeping national privacy legislation, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has begun the process to implement rulemaking to curtail so-called “commercial surveillance.”  Accordingly, we seek authors to develop and present original scholarly work that focuses broadly on the proper scope of privacy regulation, including the need for such regulation, the costs and benefits of such regulation, and the legal issues presented by such regulation.  Issues of interest include, but are not limited to: 

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Private Litigation Under the California Consumer Privacy Act – 2022 Update

The report, titled “Private Litigation Under the California Consumer Privacy Act – CCPA Report Update,” examines the private actions filed under the CCPA from April 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021.

Executive Summary
The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) went into effect on January 1, 2020. Broadly, the CCPA is designed to protect consumers’ privacy by making the collection and use of consumer data more transparent, and giving consumers the right to prevent companies from sharing their data with third parties. Although these core privacy provisions are enforced exclusively by the California Attorney General, the CCPA also provides a private right of action when a business’s failure to implement “reasonable security practices and procedures” results in the theft of personal information.

In 2021, the Program on Economics & Privacy issued its initial report, “Private Litigation Under the California Consumer Privacy Act,” which examined private CCPA cases filed from its effective date (January 2020) through the first quarter of 2021. This new Report provides data on private actions filed under the CCPA from April 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021, and highlights developments in cases covered in the 2021 Report.

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Episode 2: Sasha Romanosky shares his thoughts on cybersecurity with James C. Cooper.

Sasha Romanosky is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, and former cyber policy advisor at the Pentagon in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy (OSDP). He researches the economics of security and privacy, national security, applied microeconomics, and law and economics. For example, he has examined whether data breach notification laws reduced consumer identity theft; when and how firms are more likely to be sued when they suffer a data breach, and when they’re more likely to settle. He studied the cost of data breaches in order to understand whether corporate losses are really as severe as is commonly believed, and he collected a dataset of cyber insurance policies to examine how insurance carriers measure and price cyber risk. He has also studied private sector attribution of cyber incidents, and their impact to law enforcement, and the intelligence community. Romanosky was a research fellow in the Information Law Institute at New York University, and a security professional for over 10 years. He is one of the original coauthors of the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS), an open standard for scoring computer vulnerabilities, and EPSS, the Exploit Prediction Scoring System. While in DoD, he oversaw two of the Department’s most critical vulnerability programs, and advised on other matters related to cyber security and cyber policy. Romanosky holds a Ph.D. in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University, and a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Calgary, Canada.

Episode 3: Jane Bambauer sits down with James C. Cooper to discuss her viewpoints on privacy and economics.

Jane Bambauer is a Professor of Law at the University of Arizona. Her research assesses the social costs and benefits of Big Data, and questions the wisdom of many well-intentioned privacy laws. Her articles have appeared in the Stanford Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the California Law Review, and the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. She holds a BS in Mathematics from Yale College and a JD from Yale Law School.

Episode 1: James C. Cooper discusses the need to focus on economics and privacy as a package with Donald J. Kochan.

James C. Cooper brings over a decade of public and private sector experience to his research and teaching. Prior to joining the faculty at Scalia Law, he served as Deputy and Acting Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of Policy Planning, Advisor to Federal Trade Commissioner William Kovacic, and as an associate in the antitrust group of Crowell & Moring, LLP. Professor Cooper returned to the FTC in 2018-19 to serve as a Deputy Director in the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. His research focuses on the law & economics of privacy, data security, and consumer protection, as well as on wide variety of topics surrounding competition policy, and it regularly appears in top academic journals, such as the Journal of Law & Economics, International Review of Law & Economics, Journal of Regulatory Economics, Antitrust Law Journal, and the Virginia Journal of Law & Technology. Professor Cooper has a BA from the University of South Carolina, received his PhD in economics from Emory University, and his law degree, magna cum laude, from the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, where he was a Levy Fellow and a member of the George Mason Law Review.