[PET] Berkeley Law Conference on privacy measurement

Adam Shostack adam at homeport.org
Tue Jan 31 16:36:18 GMT 2012

This one is a bit more traditionally academic workshop than hackathon:


As the Web continues to transition from a static collection of
documents to an application platform, websites are learning more and
more about users. Many forms of Web information sharing pose little
privacy risk and provide tremendous benefit to both consumers and
businesses. But some Web information practices pose significant
privacy problems and have caused concern among consumers,
policymakers, advocates, researchers, and others. Data collection is
now far more complex than HTTP cookies, and the information available
to websites can include a user's name, contact details, sensitive
personal information, and even real-time location. At present there
are few restrictions on and scant transparency in Web information
practices. There is a growing chasm between what society needs to know
about Web tracking and what the privacy measurement community has been
able to bring to light.

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