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The Future of Privacy Forum Announces “Privacy Papers for Policy Makers”

On Wednesday, September 15th the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) announced the papers that were selected as “privacy papers for policy makers” at an event held at George Washington Law School. FPF is the privacy think tank founded and co-chaired by Hogan Lovells’ Chris Wolf. These works were deemed by the FPF to be the recent scholarship dealing with privacy issues that will prove most useful to policy makers. The papers that were selected are:

  • Privacy on the Books and on the Ground – Kenneth A. Bamberger and Deirdre K. Mulligan
  • What is Privacy Worth? – Alessandro Acquisti, Leslie John, and George Lowenstein
  • Misplaced Confidences: Privacy and the Control Paradox – Laura Brandimarte, Alessandro Acquisti, and George Lowenstein
  • Standardizing Privacy Notices: An Online Study of the Nutrition Label Approach – Patrick Gage Kelley, Lucian Cesca, Joanna Bresee, and Lorrie Faith Cranor
  • How Different are Young Adults from Older Adults When it Comes to Information Privacy Attitudes and Policies – Chris Hoofnagle, Jennifer King, Su Li, and Joseph Turow
  • Privacy and Regulatory Innovation: Moving Beyond Voluntary Codes – Ira Rubinstein

You can view these papers, along with the papers that received notable mentions, on FPF’s website at http://www.futureofprivacy.org/the-privacy-papers/.


The papers were discussed by a panel, including:


  • David Vladeck, Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
  • Jules Polonetsky, Co-Chair of the FPF
  • Christopher Wolf, Co-Chair of the FPF and Partner at Hogan Lovells
  • Dan Solove, Professor, The George Washington University Law School
  • Carol DiBattiste, Senior Vice President, Privacy, Security, Compliance & Government Affairs, LexisNexis
  • Brendon Lynch, Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft

The conversation focused on how these papers could be used by policy makers to bridge the gap between scholarship and how organizations implement privacy practices on the ground. In his remarks, David Vladeck described how the FTC looks to academic writing to help inform its regulatory priorities. He referenced FTC’s series of roundtable discussions held in late 2009 and early 2010 that were influenced by recent scholarship, including the winning papers. These discussions, and the resulting recommendations, are being used to create an FTC Report that was promised as a follow-up to the roundtables. Mr. Vladeck predicted that the report would be released by the end of October, subject to the Commission’s approval process, and he broadly hinted that some proposed changes to the privacy framework may be forthcoming.