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 saught 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?
- 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?
The deadline for submissions was 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.