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Panel 1: Ensuring Data Protection: Technical Methods

What practices and standards for collection, storage, analysis and use or distribution of electronic information would support the value that may be obtained from such information, but also provide appropriate protections?

Panelists:
Dean Gallant, Assistant Dean for Research Policy and Administration, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
Victoria Stodden, Postdoctoral Associate in Law and Kauffman Fellow in Law, Information Society Project, Yale Law School
Latanya Sweeney, Associate Professor, Computer Science and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University; Director, Laboratory for International Data Privacy
Rebecca Wright, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Rutgers; Deputy Director, DIMACS Center

Moderator:
Michael Merritt , Executive Director, Network and Traffic Analysis Research Department, AT&T Labs--Research. 10/13/2009

Comments (10)

Panel Introduction by moderator Michael Merritt and panelists

Posted almost 4 years by senseable_video 00:00:00

Question from Latanya Sweeney to Victoria Stodden on clarifying what it means to “copyright data.”

Posted almost 4 years by senseable_video 00:36:58

Question from Michael Merritt on publishing data specifically changed only to reveal statistical results. Won’t others want to challenge the results and look into the full data set for other correlations that might call into question the published results?

Posted almost 4 years by senseable_video 00:42:11

Comment from audience on the feasibility of constructing techniques for preserving privacy while using data to design services. With respect to privacy preserving processes, it is important to distinguish between the research/academic context and the business context.

Posted almost 4 years by senseable_video 00:48:23

Comment from Trevor Hughes on the fundamental construct for understanding data as personal vs. non-personal. Is our current concept of personal information showing strain?

Posted almost 4 years by senseable_video 00:51:56

Anecdote from audience on video recording patients to aid in the understanding of certain conditions. Would these videos be data, and where would the fall under copyright law? Data on certain conditions is very scattered; perhaps the best solution is to “keep the person whole” for the sake of understanding and store information on them in a “privacy vault.”

Posted almost 4 years by senseable_video 00:56:46

Question from Michael Merritt on how one can reveal any information on people without uniquely identifying them through a certain combination of attributes.

Posted almost 4 years by senseable_video 01:01:18

Question from Richard Clarke: What is the standard for something to be considered anonymous?

Posted almost 4 years by senseable_video 01:07:11

Question from Erin Kenneally: What increasing role do you see policy playing, given the gaps in coverage in terms of mitigating privacy risks?

Posted almost 4 years by senseable_video 01:09:58

Question from Michael Merritt on privacy issues relevant to researchers and subjects not knowing what truths may emerge from correlations of innocent parameters when dealing with large data sets.

Posted almost 4 years by senseable_video 00:32:01

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