In the privacy world, we often hear the argument that, in order for the information economy to thrive, personal privacy must be leveraged—that there must be tradeoffs. In a complicated Big Data landscape, conveying transparency and consumer education are huge challenges. But in the latest iteration of the well-known TED Talks, Carnegie Mellon University researcher Alessandro Acquisti—a past co-recipient of the IAPP-Privacy Law Scholars Conference Award for his work on fairness and discrimination in job hiring practices—discusses some of his research and how it shows why privacy matters. This Privacy Perspectives post looks at Acquisti’s talk and how there may be alternative privacy solutions for consumers, businesses and policymakers alike.
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