FPF Hosts Workshop, “Privacy & Pandemics: Responsible Uses of Technology and Health Data”
Dr. Lauren Gardner, creator of Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 Dashboard, and UC Berkeley data analytics researcher Dr. Katherine Yelick were keynote speakers at the October 27-28 workshop on the value and limits of data and technology in the context of a global crisis. The workshop – held in collaboration with the National Science Foundation, Duke Sanford School of Public Policy, SFI ADAPT Research Centre, Dublin City University, OneTrust, and the Intel Corporation– also featured wide-ranging conversations with participants from the fields of data and computer science, public health, law and policy.
A workshop report will be prepared and used by the National Science Foundation to help set the direction for the Convergence Accelerator 2021 Workshops, speeding the transition of convergence research into practice to address grand challenges of national importance.
FPF, Highmark Health, and CMU Host "Wired for Health: 2020"
On Thursday, October 8th, Highmark Health, Carnegie Mellon University’s CyLab Security and Privacy Institute, and FPF hosted a virtual symposium that took an in-depth look at the role of biometrics and privacy in the COVID-19 era.
During this virtual symposium, expert discussants and presenters examined the impact of biometrics and privacy in the ongoing fight against the novel coronavirus. Discussions about law and policy were enhanced by demonstrations of the latest facial recognition and sensing technology and privacy controls from researchers at CMU’s CyLab.
FPF Comments on Draft Washington Privacy Act of 2021
FPF submitted comments regarding the draft Washington Privacy Act of 2021. The draft was released by Senator Carlyle, the Chair of the Washington State Senate Committee on Environment, Energy, and Technology (EET) on September 9, 2020. FPF’s comments identify a number of relevant points of debate between stakeholders, along with practical suggestions for how they might be addressed in the context of the WPA. These include practical recommendations for: exemptions, including for scientific research; enforcement by the Attorney General; and the limitations of the opt-in and opt-out regimes.
Rob van Eijk and Kelsey Finch Speak at "Privacy in High Density Crowd Contexts" Webinar
Many industry-driven standards development organizations have been working to improve the general privacy qualities of both network and web infrastructures. Generally speaking, these bodies focus on how industry standards can remedy design flaws in technologies to facilitate transparency, foreseeability, and the ability of consumers to both opt out and make decisions about the way they interact with technical infrastructures.
To that end, FPF and Dataskydd.net jointly organized the webinar “Privacy in High Density Crowd Contexts.”Participants explored the role of industry-driven privacy standards in the development and deployment of privacy-friendly technologies for crowd management, mobile connectivity, and smart city services.
A Look Back at the Role of Law and the Right To Privacy in LGBTQ+ History
LGBTQ+ rights are, and have always been, linked with privacy. Over the years, privacy-invasive laws, practices, and norms have been used to oppress LGBTQ+ individuals by criminalizing and stigmatizing individuals on the basis of their sexual behavior, sexuality, and gender expression.
In honor of October as LGBTQ+ History Month, FPF and LGBT Tech explore three of the most significant privacy invasions impacting the LGBTQ+ community in modern U.S. history: anti-sodomy laws; the “Lavender Scare” beginning in the 1950s; and privacy invasions during the HIV/AIDS epidemic. These examples, along with many more, will be analyzed in FPF and LGBT Tech’s upcoming white paper on the sensitivity of data concerning a person’s gender identity, sexual orientation, and sex life.
Chelsey Colbert Discusses Trends in Mobility and Location Data
We’re talking to FPF senior policy experts about their work on important privacy issues. Recently, we spoke to Chelsey Colbert about her perspective on mobility and location data. "I expect the next several years in mobility law and policy to be very interesting and challenging," Chelsey said, "I consider myself to be very lucky to work in such a dynamic area of technology law and policy and am hopeful for a future with more (human friendly) robots in it."
FPF Submits Feedback and Comments on UNICEF’s Draft Policy Guidance on AI for Children
FPF submitted feedback and comments to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on the Draft Policy Guidance on Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Children, which seeks “to promote children’s rights in government and private sector AI policies and practices, and to raise awareness of how AI systems can uphold or undermine children’s rights.” FPF encouraged UNICEF to adopt an approach that accounts for the diversity of childhood experiences across countries and contexts.
Earlier in October, FPF also submitted comments to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy to inform the Special Rapporteur’s upcoming report on the privacy rights of children. FPF will continue to provide expertise and insight on child and student privacy, AI, and ethics to agencies, governments, and corporations to promote the best interests of children. FPF’s comments suggest that the Special Rapporteur’s report include a discussion on the need for schools, districts, and their third-party vendors to be transparent about data and technology use, storage, analysis, and purpose with children, parents, and other relevant stakeholders.