Archive for 'The Privacy Place News'

Dr. Antón testifies before Congress about E-Verify

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Yesterday afternoon, Dr. Antón testified before the Subcommittee on Social Security of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means on behalf of the USACM about E-Verify. Here’s part of the official ACM press release on the testimony:

WASHINGTON – April 14, 2011 – At a Congressional hearing today on the Social Security Administration’s role in verifying employment eligibility, Ana I. Antón testified on behalf of the U.S. Public Policy Council of the Association for Computing Machinery (USACM) that the automated pilot system for verifying employment eligibility faces high-stakes challenges to its ability to manage identity and authentication. She said the system, known as E-Verify, which is under review for its use as the single most important factor in determining whether a person can be gainfully employed in the U.S., does not adequately assure the accuracy of identifying and authenticating individuals and employers authorized to use it. Dr. Antón, an advisor to the Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee and vice-chair of USACM, also proposed policies that provide alternative approaches to managing identity security, accuracy and scalability.

More information about the hearing, including testimony from other witnesses, is made available by the Subcommittee here, and Dr. Antón’s written testimony is available from the USACM here (PDF).

Dr. Antón previously testified before the House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee during the summer of 2007 about the security and privacy of Social Security Numbers.

ThePrivacyPlace Construction

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

ThePrivacyPlace is pleased to announce that we are moving to a new hosting provider and will be revamping our site to make it more informative. Please bear with us as we work to provide better service!

Online Behavioral Advertising

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

ThePrivacyPlace.org is pleased to announce that Peter Swire, a law professor at Ohio State University, and Annie Antón, a computer science professor at North Carolina State University, have co-authored comments to the Federal Trade Commission regarding Online Behavioral Advertising. The FTC has requested comments for its Proposed Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising. Professor Swire and Professor Antón’s comments examine the technical steps necessary to achieve consumer control. Their comments are available on the Center for American Progress website.

ThePrivacyPlace.org Launches New Privacy Policy

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

ThePrivacyPlace.org is pleased to announce that our latest privacy policy has gone live. You can see the new privacy policy here. You may also be interested in seeing a summary of changes from our previous version or perhaps older versions of the privacy policy.

ThePrivacyPlace.org Authentication Technologies Survey Still Available

Monday, January 28th, 2008

Researchers at ThePrivacyPlace.Org are still conducting an online survey about individuals’ experience with and perceptions of authentication technologies. The survey was released last August and is supported by an NSF ITR grant (National Science Foundation Information Technology Research). Your participation will help us with our investigations regarding digital identities. It will take about 15 to 20 minutes to complete the survey.

As a way of saying thank you for taking the time to complete our survey, we are also offering the chance to enter a drawing for one of two $50 Amazon gift certificates.

The URL is: http://www.theprivacyplace.org/current-survey/

The results will be posted on ThePrivacyPlace.org later in 2008.

Data Privacy Day

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

Coinciding with the Duke Law School Data Privacy Conference, this Monday, January 28th, is officially Data Privacy Day by proclamation of the Governor of North Carolina. Please take the day to raise awareness and educate your colleagues about the importance of data privacy in all areas of information technology. Alternatively, as Governor Easley, suggests you can “observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities that promote awareness of data privacy.” 🙂

Upcoming Duke Law School Data Privacy Conference

Monday, December 17th, 2007

On Monday January 28, 2008, the Duke University School of Law will be sponsoring Data Privacy in Transatlantic Perspective: Conflict or Cooperation? The event will focus on the privacy differences between the United States and Europe. The all-day conference will include internationally recognized privacy experts from government and industry discussing the history of privacy, consumer privacy concerns, national security as it affects privacy and how global data flows interact with national privacy standards. Dr. Annie Antón, director of ThePrivacyPlace.org, will be a panelist on panel 2: Consumer Privacy through Notice and Consent.

Dr. Earp discusses privacy concerns in public records with Secretaries of State

Friday, September 7th, 2007

Dr. Julie Earp, associate professor of information systems at NC State’s College of Management and member of ThePrivacyPlace.org, recently discussed privacy and information security concerns with the National Association of Secretaries of State. Topics included redaction of Social Security Numbers and other identifiers as well as the security implications of electronic public records. For more information, see the news article from the North Carolina State College of Management.

ThePrivacyPlace.org Authentication Technologies Survey

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

ThePrivacyPlace.Org 2007 Authentication Technologies Survey is underway!

Researchers at ThePrivacyPlace.Org are conducting an online survey about individuals’ experience with and perceptions of authentication technologies. The survey is supported by an NSF ITR grant (National Science Foundation Information Technology Research) and will help us with our investigations regarding digital identities. It will take about 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

As a way of saying thank you for taking the time to complete our survey, we are also offering the chance to enter a drawing for one of two $50 Amazon gift certificates.

The URL is: http://www.theprivacyplace.org/current-survey/

The results will be posted on ThePrivacyPlace.org in 2008.

Antón and Spafford Granted NSF Award

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

Dr. Antón and Dr. Spafford have been awarded $500,000 by the NSF to fund their research project entitled “Transparency and Legal Compliance in Software Systems.” The project is a two year collaborative research project that runs from August 1, 2007 to August 1, 2009. Dr. David Baumer and Dr. Ignacio Valdes are listed as senior personnel on the grant.