With schedules changing as frequently as they do, we can’t be sure what’s on tap for tomorrow. But we already know where we’ll be on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. We’ll be at the FTC’s third PrivacyCon – a gathering of researchers, academics, industry members, consumer advocates, and government representatives talking about the privacy and security implications of emerging technologies.
PrivacyCon 2018 also will focus on the economics of privacy, including how to quantify the harms that result from companies’ failure to secure consumer information and how to balance the costs and benefits of privacy-protective technologies and practices.
In addition to inviting experts to tell us about their latest research, the Call for Presentations asks a series of questions to help frame the discussion. Topics include:
- The nature and evolution of privacy and security risks. What new privacy and security issues arise from emerging technologies like the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, etc.? What are the greatest threats to consumer privacy right now?
- Quantifying costs and benefits of privacy from a consumer perspective. How do you quantify the costs and benefits to consumers of keeping data about them private? How do you quantify the risk of harm to consumers from exposure of their information? How do you quantify the probability and magnitude of consumer harm? Does it vary depending on the type of information breached?
- Quantifying costs and benefits from a business perspective. What are the costs and benefits of implementing security by design and other privacy-protective technologies? What are the most efficient ways of protecting consumers’ privacy and security? How can businesses measure the risks of existing vulnerabilities in their systems? When multiple parties are involved – for example, app developers, carriers, operating systems, and ad networks – how should responsibility be allocated if privacy is compromised?
- Incentives, market failures, and interventions. What are the incentives for manufacturers and software developers to implement privacy and security by design and to keep security up to date? Are there sustained market failures? What about market successes? Are there tools that could help consumers or businesses mitigate market failures? If there are sustained market failures in privacy and data security, what should be done about it?
The Call for Presentations describes the submission process in detail. The deadline for submissions is November 17, 2017.