Panel Subject: Balancing Privacy Concerns with Security, Connectivity, and Innovation

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This page is for coordination among the panel team to openly discuss the topics that will be covered under the subject of the "Balancing Privacy Concerns with Security, Connectivity, and Innovation" The page includes the relevant survey results, Panel Guidelines and a section for the panel team to discuss in the comments.

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The following topics were surveyed under this subject and the table provides the performance of each:

# Question Important (3) Neutral (2) Not Important (1) Weighted Average Responses
3.3 What do GDPR and other national privacy regulations mean for cross-border data flows and WHOIS? What is the right thing to do when a nation's "Right to be Forgotten" regulation means the global suppression of search results? 64 10 2 2.82 76
3.1 How should privacy rights be defined in an era of mass data collection and surveillance? 56 15 6 2.65 77
3.2 Should we focus more on understanding the harms of declining personal privacy? 50 19 9 2.53 78


Panel teams should use this process to discuss the panel and get as close as possible to consensus on the following items by April 11.

  • Identify a concrete subject for the panel based upon discussion and rough consensus. The subject and process must take into account the IGF-USA Principles, and the survey response topics that the subject is based upon.
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Team Leads

Beth Bacon, Ashkhen Kazaryan, Steve DelBianco (tentative moderator)

Panel Description

Should the USA Opt-In to Europe’s Privacy Regime?

Experts consider what it would be like for USA stakeholders if we adopted Europe’s online privacy approach (Right to be Forgotten, GDPR, Opt-In for targeted ads)



27 months ago
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Last year, we heard about privacy by design, but how is that operationalized? Companies are struggling with this. Scrapping and LinkedIn lawsuit; what are the lessons from that, regardless of the outcome? Article III of the Constitution is being used in legal cases to state that breach victims don’t have to wait to have wait to be victims of ID theft to have a cause of action.


27 months ago
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This panel is about "balance", so I'm wondering in whose judgement the balance is achieved? Is it the government, society-at-large, platform operator, or the individual user?
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