Building on the success of its two previous PrivacyCon events, the Federal Trade Commission announced a call for presentations for its third PrivacyCon, which will take place on February 28, 2018.
The 2018 PrivacyCon will expand collaboration among leading privacy and security researchers, academics, industry representatives, consumer advocates, and the government. As part of this initiative, the FTC sought general research that explores the privacy and security implications of emerging technologies, such as the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and virtual reality. The 2018 event 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.
The PrivacyCon call for presentations sought research and input on a wide range of issues and questions to build on previously presented research and promote discussion, including:
- What are the greatest threats to consumer privacy today? What are the costs of mitigating these threats? How are the threats evolving? How does the evolving nature of the threats impact consumer welfare and the costs of mitigation?
- How can companies weigh the costs and benefits of security-by-design techniques and privacy-protective technologies and behaviors? How can companies weigh the costs and benefits of individual tools or practices?
- How can companies assess consumers’ privacy preferences?
- Are there market failures (e.g. information asymmetries, externalities) in the area of privacy and data security? If so, what tools and strategies can businesses or consumers use to overcome or mitigate those failures? How can policymakers address those failures?
The deadline for submissions for PrivacyCon was November 17, 2017.
PrivacyCon is free and open to the public, and will be held at the FTC’s Constitution Center Office, located at 400 7th St., SW, Washington, DC. PrivacyCon will also be webcast live. The webcast link will appear at the top of this page approximately 10 minutes before the conference begins.
Also, in an effort to encourage the next generation of privacy and data security researchers, the FTC will host a PrivacyCon Student Poster Session, which will coincide with PrivacyCon and be hosted in the conference rooms of the FTC’s Constitution Center Office, adjacent to the auditorium where PrivacyCon will be presented. PrivacyCon presenters and attendees will be encouraged to view the posters and interact with students, including during the lunch break.