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Future of Privacy Forum call for papers

February 8, 2013 8:30 am Sasha_Romanosky 0 The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and the Stanford Center for Internet and Society (CIS) invite authors to submit papers discussing the legal, technological, social, and policy implications of Big Data. Selected papers will be published in a special issue of the Stanford Law Review Online and presented at an FPF/CIS workshop, which will take place in Washington, DC, on September 10, 2013.…
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Differential Ad results returned by Google’s ‘Ad Sense’

February 6, 2013 11:31 am Sasha_Romanosky 2
A colleague from the NYU Information Law Institute pointed me to a recent study and news article that examines the degree to which Google’s Ad Sense displays differential ads according to black/white sounding names. The paper is here: , and the news article is here:
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Obama campaign gives doner/voter PII away

January 30, 2013 5:18 pm Sasha_Romanosky 0
While most US states have laws regarding the *unauthorized* disclosure of personal information, there aren’t so many regarding the *voluntary* disclosure of the data — as in this story below stating how members of the Obama campaign gave its database to a newly (self) created  non-profit group.…
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Google’s Transparency Report

January 28, 2013 1:16 pm Sasha_Romanosky 0
A recent Guardian (UK: article discusses a recent Google transparency report in which google discloses the numbers of government requests for data. Of the 8438 requests (from 6/12-12/12), 68% were made through ECPA supoenas (which don’t require a judge’s approval), 22% were made through ECPA search warrants (which do), and the final 10% were through ECPA by judges.…
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Comment on “Fudging the Nudge”

January 28, 2013 9:33 am Sasha_Romanosky 0
Daniel Ho ( recently posted a new paper on information disclosure and restaurant grading: Fudging the Nudge: Information Disclosure and Restaurant Grading, . Here’s the abstract: “One of the most promising regulatory currents consists of “targeted” disclosure: mandating simplified information disclosure at the time of decisionmaking to “nudge” parties along.…
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Continuing discussion on mobile app privacy (NTIA)

January 23, 2013 9:58 am Sasha_Romanosky 0
I attended a recent discussion hosted by the NITA (dept of commerce) which is a continuing effort to develop a set of best practices for mobile app developers regarding the collection and use of personal consumer data. First, major congratulations to the NTIA for taking this on.…
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FTC is also interested in knowing what firms know about us

January 8, 2013 4:53 pm Sasha_Romanosky 0
As a follow-up to a previous PRG post from a couple of months ago (, the FTC is now also investigating the role that data brokers play in the collection, use, sale and sharing of personal consumer information. Specifically, the FTC is asking Acxiom, Corelogic, Datalogix, eBureau, ID Analytics, Intelius, Peekyou, Rapleaf, and Recorded Future the following questions (
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When is price discrimination from consumer data okay?

December 21, 2012 11:06 am Sasha_Romanosky 2
Price discrimination is the practice by which firms offer differential prices to customers, often based on some observed characteristic. Examples include discounts to students, the elderly, loyalty program members, bulk discounts, etc. There are different kinds of price discrimination and the extreme form (1st degree) amounts to the retailer charging the maximum amount that each customer is willing to pay, thereby extracting the greatest surplus.…