Event Category: Program on Economics and Privacy

Program Description:  On December 12, 2012, the LEC hosted a Research Roundtable on the Law & Economics of Privacy and Data Security. Five original papers were presented and critiqued. Final versions of these papers were presented at the Public Policy Conference on the Law & Economics of Privacy and Data Security held on Wednesday, June 19, … Continue reading “Research Roundtable, “The Law & Economics of Privacy and Data Security””

Program Description:  Consumers have an incredible array of technologies and services available to them online. As these technologies have progressed, there are growing questions as to what policies are best suited to protect consumers and encourage industry innovation. Topics include the role of the state attorneys general in enforcing privacy laws and a discussion of … Continue reading “LEC Public Policy Conference, The Law & Economics of Privacy and Data Security”

Agenda Government Surveillance and Internet Search Behavior Catherine E. Tucker, Mark Hyman, Jr. Career Development Professor and Associate Professor of Marketing, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Alex Marthews, Interim National Coordinator, Restore the Fourth and President, Digital Fourth   Other People’s Papers Jane Y. Bambauer, Associate Professor of Law, James E. Rogers … Continue reading “LEC Research Roundtable on the Future of Privacy & Data Security Regulation”

Program Description: As the first meeting of the LEC Privacy Fellows, this workshop focused on the topics of the legal framework surrounding the Federal Trade Commission’s consumer protection authority over advertising, privacy, and data security standards; the economics of information and advertising; the economics of privacy; and emerging legal and regulatory issues worthy of economic … Continue reading “LEC Workshop for Economists on the Law & Economics of Consumer Protection”

Program Description: LEC Privacy Fellowship Finalists presented their revised proposals in an academic seminar designed to provide constructive feedback from experts in privacy, data security, and consumer protection. The 2015 LEC Privacy Fellows will be selected after the Research Roundtable. Selected Fellows will be notified by January 30, 2015 and will present their finalized papers at … Continue reading “LEC Research Roundtable for Economists on Privacy & Data Security”

Program Description: Increasingly, there is a call for competition authorities to take account of firms’ collection and use consumer data—conduct that has been the primary province of consumer protection—when reviewing mergers or conduct. For example, although the Facebook-WhatsApp, Google-Nest, and Oracle-Datalogix mergers raised no traditional antitrust concerns, some argued for a new competition analysis that would … Continue reading “Briefing on Big Data, Privacy, and Antitrust”

Program Description: Consumers have an incredible array of technologies and services available to them online. As these technologies have progressed, there are growing questions as to what policies are best suited to protect consumers and encourage industry innovation. Topics included the role of the state attorneys general in enforcing privacy laws and a discussion of the … Continue reading “Third Annual LEC Public Policy Conference on Privacy and Data Security”

Program Description: Two recent cases have put the issue of privacy harms front and center.  During the upcoming term, the Supreme Court will hear arguments inSpokeo, Inc. vs. Robins, a case that addresses standing in the context of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Last spring, the FTC charged retail tracking firm, Nomi Technologies, with a … Continue reading “Briefing on Nomi, Spokeo, and Privacy Harms”

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been the leading agency for privacy and data security since the 1990s, using its broad statutory mandate to police online and offline industries. With the Open Internet Order last year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reclassified broadband service as a telecommunications service provider, and in the process largely displaced … Continue reading “Public Policy Briefing on Privacy Regulation after Net Neutrality”