What records do we leave when we use our email, order something over the internet, use our mobile phones, or communicate over social networks? Who is collecting and aggregating that information and what are they doing with it? Can our identity be determined by photos we post, or from how we use our keyboards? What about ways to prevent the information from being collected, or eliminating identifying information once it is accumulated -- do they work? The panelists will use audio-visual aids to help explain some of the most advanced methods of developing and analyzing data from everyday computer and mobile phone usage, so that we may then discuss the policy and legal ramifications of these developments, now and in the future.
Tracking and E-Commerce: What businesses learn about us, what they do with what they learn, and what should we be doing about it?
How do the business models of many internet companies Google and Facebook, for example—depend on collecting information about us? What are the Federal Trade Commission and other federal agencies doing about the collection of information from people who may not realize that their habits and identities are being scrutinized daily, and what should government be doing? How are computer, mobile phone, and social networking users benefitted by the collection and analysis of data about them, and what is the appropriate tradeoff between those benefits and compromising privacy? Can government regulation keep up with technological changes, and should it -- or should we instead be encouraging the development of standards of privacy protection in the initial commercial design of new technologies and internet services? Finally, how do the approaches of other countries to these problems affect our solutions, given the porous and international nature of internet communications?
Joel R. Reidenberg, Founding Academic Director, Fordham Center on Law and Information Policy
Edward W. Felten, Prof. of Computer Science and Public Affairs, Director Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University
Paul Ohm, Associate Prof. of Law and Telecommunications, University of Colorado Law School
Nicole Wong, Esq., former Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Google (until November 2011)
2012 Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference
Recorded: August 14, 2012