At the 5th annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference, held at the George Washington University Law School on June 7 and 8, Ira Rubinstein, a Senior Fellow at the Information Law Institute, presented a paper which was voted as one of two best papers based on overall excellence and relevance to the profession of privacy.
The paper, which Rubinstein co-authored with consultant Nathan Good, is entitled "Privacy by Design: A Counterfactual Analysis of Google and Facebook Privacy Incidents," and tests the belief held by many regulators that "privacy by design" enhances consumer privacy by undertaking a counterfactual analysis. Rubinstein and Good developed a set of design principles based on Fair Information Practices, the basis of all national privacy laws, and determined whether Google and Facebook would have averted 5 incidents each if the companies had implemented these principles.
For their work, Rubinstein and Good will receive a cash prize and travel expenses to a conference of Chief Privacy Officers, where they will present the paper and formally receive the award. Their paper will also be included in "Privacy Papers for Policymakers," a compilation of abstracts which will be distributed to regulators in the United States and abroad.
Posted June 19, 2012