PrivacyCon 2020

Federal Trade Commission PrivacyCon, Washington, DC, July 21, 2020

Constitution Center 400 7th St SW, Washington, DC 20024 | Directions & Nearby

Event Description

The FTC will host its fifth annual PrivacyCon on July 21, 2020. For PrivacyCon 2020, the FTC is seeking research presentations on any topic related to consumer privacy and security. However, we will focus in particular on the privacy of health data collected, stored, and transmitted by mobile applications (“apps”). The call for presentations seeks empirical research responding to several questions, including:

  • What are the risks to consumer data, particularly data held by health apps, and how does the risk vary by product and data type?
  • Which products are transmitting user data to third parties, who are the recipients, what are the data, and what are the apparent purposes for these transmissions?
  • Has empirical work assessed consumer perception of the privacy and security of products that handle sensitive information? What factors affect that perception (e.g., endorsement by a credible organization, popularity, representations in the privacy policy, claims in a user interface, paid versus non-paid version)? Are consumer perceptions of the privacy and security of products accurate? How do we know?
  • What are the tradeoffs between product functionality (including the ability to combine data from various devices) and increased security or increased privacy protections?
  • Are there unique attributes or characteristics of apps that collect, store, or transmit health data that merit special attention or focus?

Information on how to submit a presentation can be found in the call for presentations. The deadline for submissions is April 10, 2020.

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.

Event Details

FTC Privacy Policy

Under the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) or other laws, we may be required to disclose to outside organizations the information you provide when you pre-register. The Commission will consider all timely and responsive public comments, whether filed in paper or electronic form, and as a matter of discretion, we make every effort to remove home contact information for individuals from the public comments before posting them on the FTC website.

The FTC Act and other laws we administer permit the collection of your pre-registration contact information and the comments you file to consider and use in this proceeding as appropriate. For additional information, including routine uses permitted by the Privacy Act, see the Commission’s comprehensive Privacy Policy.

This event is open to the public and may be photographed, videotaped, webcast, or otherwise recorded. By participating in this event, you are agreeing that your image — and anything you say or submit — may be posted indefinitely at ftc.gov or on one of the Commission's publicly available social media sites.