The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has just announced it will be hosting:
a series of day-long public roundtable discussions to explore the privacy challenges posed by the vast array of 21st century technology and business practices that collect and use consumer data." Such practices include social networking, cloud computing, online behavioral advertising, mobile marketing, and the collection and use of information by retailers, data brokers, third-party applications, and other diverse businesses. The goal of the roundtables is to determine how best to protect consumer privacy while supporting beneficial uses of the information and technological innovation. The roundtable discussions will consider the risks and benefits of information collection and use in online and offline contexts, consumer expectations surrounding various information management practices, and the adequacy of existing legal and self-regulatory regimes to address privacy interests.
I'm sure my colleague Berin Szoka will have much more to say about this in coming days and weeks -- and I very much hope the FTC will invite him in to testify -- but, for now, I just want to reiterate the three key challenges we have been posing again and again and again and again in all our work on this subject: