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On Monday, December 5th, I’ll be speaking at a Future of Privacy Forum conference entitled “Personal Information: The Benefits and Risks of De-Identification.”

I will be speaking about my forthcoming paper,The PII Problem: Privacy and a New Concept of Personally Identifiable Information, 86 New York University Law Review (forthcomng 2011) (with Paul M. Schwartz).  The paper should hopefully be out in print any day now.

The conference schedule and participants are great, and I think this should be a terrific event.  More information is here [link no longer available].

Below the fold is the schedule.


The National Press Club
Murrow Room
529 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20045


9:00-9:30 am – Opening Presentation: Setting the Stage: How De-Identification Came into U.S. law, and Why the Debate Matters Today.

  • Peter Swire, C. William O’Neill Professor of Law, Moritz School of Law, The Ohio State University

Special Message from Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario

9:30- 10:30 am – Panel 1: What are the Risks? De-Identification and Re-Identification Risk Analysis.


  • Alessandro Acquisti,  Associate Professor of Information Technology and Public Policy, Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Khaled El Emam, Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Canada Research Chair in Electronic Health Information, University of Ottawa
  • Latanya Sweeney, Director and Founder, Data Privacy Lab, Harvard University

Moderator: Kim Gray, Chief Privacy Officer, IMS Health

10:30-11:30 pm – Panel 2: Common Secondary Uses of De-Identified Data: How are companies or governments using data? What are the Benefits? How are the Risks Being Handled Today?


  • Daniel Barth-Jones, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Columbia University
  • Mitra Rocca, Associate Director in Medical Informatics, Food and Drug Administration, Sentinel Project
  • Harlan Yu, Ph.D. candidate in the Computer Science Department and the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University

Moderator: Marcy Wilder, Partner and Co-Director of the Hogan Lovells Privacy and Information Management Practice 

11:30- 12:30 pm – Panel 3: Data Use for Consumer Services


  • Jules Cohen, Director, Trustworthy Computing Group, Microsoft
  • Ashish Venugopal, Research Scientist, Google Translate

Moderator: Lance J. Hoffman, Distinguished Research Professor, Computer Science Department, Director, Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute, The George Washington University

12:30-1:30 pm – Keynote Luncheon with The Honorable Louis W. Sullivan, MD, Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

1:30-2:30 pm – Panel 4: Advertising and Marketing Uses and Concerns


  • Ashkan Soltani, Independent Researcher specializing in Consumer Privacy and Internet Security
  • Justin Brookman, Director, Project on Consumer Privacy, The Center for Democracy and Technology
  • Michael Blum, General Counsel, Quantcast
  • Michael Ho, Founder and VP of Business Development, Bering Media
  • Peder Magee, Senior Attorney, Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, Federal Trade Commission

Moderator: Jules Polonetsky, Director and Co-Chair, Future of Privacy Forum

2:30 to 3:30 pm – Panel 5: Legal Perspectives on Anonymization


  • Daniel J. Solove, John Marshall Harlan Research Professor, George Washington University Law School
  • Harley Geiger, Policy Counsel, Center for Democracy and Technology
  • Jane Yakowitz, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School
  • Rob van Eijk, Internet Technology Expert, Dutch Data Protection Authority

Moderator: David Hoffman, Director of Security Policy and Global Privacy Officer, Intel


Originally Posted at Concurring Opinions

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This post was authored by Professor Daniel J. Solove, who through TeachPrivacy develops computer-based privacy training, data security training, HIPAA training, and many other forms of awareness training on privacy and security topics. Professor Solove also posts at his blog at LinkedIn. His blog has more than 1 million followers.

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