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“Privacy Papers for Policy Makers, Vol 2” Released Today

Future of Privacy Forum LogoToday, the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), a Washington-based privacy think tank founded and co-chaired by Hogan Lovells privacy practice director Chris Wolf, released the newest edition of its Privacy Papers for Policy Makers. This year’s compilation highlights leading privacy writings voted by the FPF Advisory Board to be most useful for policy makers on Capitol Hill and within federal agencies who are focusing on how to improve the protection of personal privacy. 

The writings cover a wide array of topics, including recommendations on how to reform notice and choice to empower consumer control over the collection and use of their data; understanding and valuing the use of personal identifiable information and explaining the benefits of “online obscurity”.

The 2011 Privacy Papers for Policy Makers are:

Accountability as the Basis for Regulating Privacy: Can Information Security Regulations Inform Privacy Policy? Mary J. Culnan

Against Notice Skepticism (Forthcoming, 87 Notre Dame Law Review – 2010) Ryan Calo

The Case for Online Obscurity Woodrow Hartzog and Frederic Stutzman

Dispelling the Myths Surrounding De-Identification: Anonymization Remains a Strong Tool for Protecting Privacy (Seen in the Canadian Law Review, Vol. 8, No. 9, August 2011) Dr. Ann Cavoukian and Khaled El Emam

The Failure of Online Social Network Privacy Settings Michelle Madejski, Maritza Johnson and Steven Bellovin

The PII Problem: Privacy and a New Concept of Personally Identifiable Information Paul M. Schwartz and Daniel J. Solove

Notable Mentions:

Flash Cookies and Privacy II: Now with HTML5 and ETag RespawningChris Hoofnagle, Mika Ayenson, Deitrich James Wambach, Ashkan Soltani and Nathan Good

Regulating Privacy by Design Ira S. Rubinstein

The feedback that FPF received from Capitol Hill and other federal agencies after publishing the first edition of this publication demonstrated it was an important resource for policymakers as they explored the myriad privacy issues confronting the public. With that in mind, it is expected that this year’s edition should enlighten leaders with the insights of prominent privacy scholars.

The works featured and digested were selected by members of the Advisory Board of the Future of Privacy Forum (scholars, privacy advocates and Chief Privacy Officers) based on criteria emphasizing clarity, practicality and overall utility. Two of the papers were selected by the chairpersons of the annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference (PLSC)  to receive the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) award for the best papers presented at the 2011 PLSC event in Berkeley, CA last June.

The authors of the papers will be honored at a Washington, D.C. reception tonight.