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December 2013 – February 2014
Please join us at the upcoming KnowledgeNet for a discussion on the comprehensive, preliminary cybersecurity framework recently proposed by theNational Institute of Standards and Technology, which was mandated under President Obama’s February 2013 executive order. This framework is expected to become final in February 2014.
- Mary Ellen Callahan, CIPP/US, Partner, Jenner & Block
Refreshments will be provided by Holland & Knight. More information available here.
What harms are privacy laws designed to prevent? How are people injured when corporations, governments, or other individuals collect, disclose, or use information about them in ways that defy expectations, prior agreements, formal rules, or settled norms? How has technology changed the nature of privacy harm?
These questions loom large in debates over privacy law. Often, they are answered skeptically. The President of the United States justifies massive NSA surveillance programs by arguing that non-content surveillance is not very harmful. Advertisers resist calls for aggressive forms of Do Not Track by arguing that the way they track online behavior creates little risk of harm. Judges dismiss lawsuits brought by users suing services that suffer massive data breaches, for lack of harm.
Meanwhile, many privacy law scholars and advocates do not speak consistently, if they speak at all, about privacy harm. Some prefer to talk about “problems” or “conflicts” not harms. Others point primarily to abstract, societal harms such as chilling effects or harms to dignity or individual autonomy. Many of these people have tried to move the conversation away from harm and what they see as crabbed, tort-centric approaches to privacy protection.
It is time to revisit old conversations about harm. New practices and technologies raise new threats of harm. The fear of Big Data techniques (for example in the public debate over the pregnancy prediction program of the retailer Target) have inspired new theories of harm. Economists and computer scientists have developed new ways of measuring privacy harm. Regulators have adopted new ways of talking about harm.
Join the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship on Friday, January 17, 2014, from 9:00 AM – 4:15 PM as we venture into the New Frontiers of Privacy Harm. We will assemble thought leaders and top practitioners and regulators for a diverse and rich set of conversations about privacy harm.
“Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008, as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. The Day commemorates the 1981 signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. Data Privacy Day is a celebration for everyone and held on January 28th every year.”
For more information can be found here.
Surveillance by the state is a global issue, with personal information being shared across jurisdictions, at times in a manner that contravenes the most basic principles of privacy and freedom. Canadians can no longer be complacent and merely criticize the United States for allowing the NSA so much unsupervised power. We know startlingly little about what our own government is doing – and, potentially, what foreign intelligence agencies are doing – with our personal information. It is disturbing that there has been so little debate on this important issue, even in Parliament. It is time for citizens to speak out so that we can protect our freedom and take back our privacy. In a free and open society, we deserve no less. Transparency, oversight, accountability – we deserve no less.
Join Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, Dr. Ann Cavoukian, and highly esteemed guests as they address important issues on International Privacy Day.
IViR and Berkeley Law will reconvene policymakers, technical experts, and academics to revisit the status of online tracking policy efforts, the state of the art in technology of tracking, and the broader implications of a highly tracked society. We will focus upon issues of convergence and areas where there appears to be an impasse between US and Continental approaches. As part of this effort, IViR and Berkeley Law will develop a discussion document highlighting key areas of divergence and convergence on approaches to online tracking. More information available here.