White House Releases Flawed Privacy Research Agenda

The White House has announced the National Privacy Research Strategy, which the authors state "will enable the U.S. to benefit from innovative data use while protecting privacy." The National Strategy focuses on measuring the "privacy desires" of users rather than the extent of the problem or goals to safeguard privacy, such as coding Fair Information Practices, developing genuine Privacy Enhancing Techniques, or complying with Privacy Act obligations. The "National Strategy" follows from a similar report in 2014 that embraced big data without considering actual privacy risks in data collection. In 2015, the federal government lost 21.5 million records of federal employees and their families. A recent book from EPIC "Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search for Solutions" outlines several new approaches for privacy protection, and builds on earlier work by members of the EPIC Advisory Board.

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