June 2014 Privacy Law Scholars Conference

The Seventh Annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference
Thursday and Friday, June 5-6, 2014
Hosted by The George Washington School of Law

UC Berkeley School of Law and The George Washington University Law School will be holding the seventh annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference (PLSC) on June 5-6, 2014, at the Marvin Center in Washington, DC.

The PLSC assembles a wide array of privacy law scholars and practitioners from around the world to discuss current issues and foster greater connections between academia and practice. It will bring together privacy law scholars, privacy scholars from other disciplines (economics, philosophy, political science, computer science), and practitioners (industry, legal, advocacy, and government). Our goal is to enhance ties within the privacy law community and to facilitate dialogue between the different parts of that community (academy, government, industry, and public interest).

PLSC is a paper workshop.  There are no published proceedings, and after the event, papers are not available.  Because authors' drafts are works in progress, we do not publicly release these writings, nor do we publicize them (no Tweeting, blogging, etc.), as authors' ideas are often inchoate and need incubation for full development.

At PLSC, papers workshops are led by a "commenter" who facilitates a discussion among participants on an author's paper. Authors are encouraged to participate in "listening" mode. There are no panels or talking head events at PLSC.

All participants are expected to read and be prepared to discuss one paper per session (usually a total of 8 papers), and thus PLSC requires significant preparation.  We recommend that participants devote 1.5 to 2 days of reading to prepare prior to the conference.

The PLSC is an annual event, alternating between Berkeley and GW Law Schools. Participation is by invitation only. Last year, PLSC had 240 participants.

Update: PLSC has 250 participants and registration is closed.


Daniel J. Solove and Chris Jay Hoofnagle


PLSC is made possible through support from our founding sponsor, 

The Future of Privacy Forum, and other generous contributors.

Founding Sponsor: The Future of Privacy Forum

Our Platinum Level Sponsors

Our Gold Level Sponors


Our Silver Level Sponsors


Abstract and outline submissions

Abstracts were due on January 10th, and apologies, we have no more space for papers.

Workshop versions of the paper will be due Friday, May 2, 2014.  There is no commitment (or opportunity) to publish.  Please note that since PLSC is a paper workshop, we focus upon works in progress, rather than accepted, soon-to-be-published, or published works.

When we survey participants, the most common complaint surrounds late papers.  Thus, we reserve the right to cancel workshops if the paper draft is not provided sufficiently in advance for meaningful critique by participants.

PLSC Keynote: David Medine

David Medine started full-time as Chairman of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board on May 27, 2013. Previously, Mr. Medine was an Attorney Fellow for the Security and Exchange Commission and a Special Counsel at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. From 2002 to 2012, he was a partner in the law firm WilmerHale where his practice focused on privacy and data security, having previously served as a Senior Advisor to the White House National Economic Council from 2000 to 2001. From 1992 to 2000, Mr. Medine was the Associate Director for Financial Practices at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) where, in addition to enforcing financial privacy laws, he took the lead on Internet privacy, chaired a federal advisory committee on privacy issues, and was part of the team that negotiated a privacy safe harbor agreement with the European Union. Before joining the FTC, Mr. Medine taught at the Indiana University (Bloomington) School of Law and the George Washington University School of Law. Mr. Medine earned his B.A. from Hampshire College and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

PLSC Archive

We maintain an archive of previous PLSC papers and participants here.

Tentative Schedule (in the Berkeley Law tradition, this event runs on time and we will finish no later than 3:45 Friday)

Thursday, June 5th

8:00 AM to 9:30 AM Breakfast

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Workshop Session #1

Author Paper Title Commenter Room
Kirsten Martin and Katie Shilton Trust as a Factor in Privacy Expectations: How experience and trust moderate consumer privacy expectations for mobile applications Jody Blanke
Ira Rubinstein Voter Privacy in the Age of Big Data Bill McGeveran
Margot Kaminski Robotic Surveillance: Authorship or Intrusion? Marc Blitz
Rotem Medzini Prometheus Bound: Chaining the Information-Collector Giant Alan Rubel
Franziska Boehm and Rainer Böhme Improving informed consent for consumers in e-commerce  an interdisciplinary perspective Claire Sullivan
Jonathan Mayer Terms of Abuse David Thaw
Danielle Keats Citron & Frank Pasquale The Scored Society Michael Froomkin
Peter Swire Reflections on the Review Group: Madisonian Reflections on the Half Life of Secrets, Intelligence Collection, and Privacy Peter Winn

10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Break

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Workshop Session #2

Author Paper Title Commenter Room
Woodrow Hartzog and Daniel J. Solove The Scope and Untapped Potential of FTC Privacy and Data Security Regulation Ed McNicholas
Cynthia Dwork and Deirdre K. Mulligan Differential Privacy in Practice: Expose Your Epsilons!
Jane Bambauer Other People's Papers: Innovative Offensive and Defensive Uses of Third Party Records Stephen Henderson
Candice Hoke and Lorrie Faith Cranor Is Privacy Self-Regulation Working Within the Online Behavioral Advertising Industry? Mary Culnan
Michael Birnhack Privacy by Design: The Engineers' Perspective Susan Landau
Richard Warner and Robert Sloan Self, Privacy, and Power: Is It All Over? Michael Zimmer
Karen Levy Beating the Box: Surveillance and Resistance in the U.S. Trucking Industry Mary Madden
Amitai Etzioni A Cyber Age Privacy Doctrine Priscilla Regan

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM to 1:45 PM Keynote: David Medine, Chairman of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

1:45 PM to 2:00 PM Break

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Workshop Session #3

Author Paper Title Commenter Room
Barbara Sandfuchs Coercing Online Privacy Anita Allen
Meg Ambrose FIPPS and the Changing Nature of Inquiry: Answers without Questions, Correlation without Causation, and Data without Protection John Grant
Lorrie Faith Cranor, Pedro Leon, Manya Sleeper, and Blase Ur Leveraging Standard Privacy Notices: A Large-Scale Evaluation of Financial Institutions' Privacy Disclosures Tanya Forsheit
Neil Richards Five Privacy Myths Allyson Stuart
Allan Friedman and Lance J. Hoffman The Internet of (Whose) Things: Business Models, Computer Architectures, and Privacy Cheryl Brown
Christopher Wolf The Role of Data Use Analysis in Measuring and Protecting Against Privacy Harms Susan Freiwald
Nadezhda Purtova Beyond consent versus fair information practices: towards a neo-institutional strategy of data subject’s empowerment Sasha Romanosky
Normann Witzleb Protecting the privacy of children against media exposure (preferred paper) Rebecca Balebako

3:00 PM to 3:30 PM Break

3:30 PM to 4:30 PM Workshop Session #4

Author Paper Title Commenter Room
Timothy Casey The Value of Deviance Deven Desai
Andrew Odlyzko The end of privacy and the seeds of capitalism's destruction Frank Pasquale
Stephanie Pell and Christopher Soghoian Government Hacking Discussion
Pedro Giovanni Leon, Blase Ur, and Lorrie Faith Cranor Users' Attitudes Regarding Behavioral Tracking: The Impact of Ad Networks' Privacy Practices Maritza Johnson
Lior Strahilevitz and Adam M. Samaha Don't Ask, Must Tell' and Other Combinations Derek Bambauer
Annie Anton, Aaron Massey, Richard Rutledge, and Peter Swire The Relationship of Security and Privacy for the Internet of Things Joe Hall
Kiel Brennan-Marquez Informational Autonomy and the Third Party Doctrine Michael Traynor
Jennifer Urban Class Julie Cohen

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM Future of Privacy Forum Reception

7:00 PM Future of Privacy Forum Banquet

Friday, June 6th

8:00 AM to 9:30 AM Breakfast

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Workshop Session #5

Author Paper Title Commenter Room
Tal Zarsky  Privacy and/vs. Innovation: A Cross Atlantic Inquiry & Battle Danny Weitzner
Christina Mulligan The Ghost of Camara, or The Legality of Non-Particularized National Security Searches of U.S. Persons Steven Vladeck
Sonam Samat, Alessandro Acquisti, Ralph Gross & Eyal Pe’er Visceral Targeting Avner Levin
Marc Blitz Freedom of Speech, The Right of Privacy, and Psychotherapy Dissent Doe
Paul Ohm TBD Ira Rubinstein
Moira Paterson Regulating surveillance beyond the law enforcement context: suggestions for a possible way forward Tommy Crocker
David Gray Fourth Amendment Remedies as Rights, Part I: The Warrant Requirement Judge Smith
Florencia Marotta-Wurgler Empirical Project on Privacy Policies Kirsten Martin

10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Break

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Workshop Session #6

Author Paper Title Commenter Room
Alex Marthews Did Internet users browse less for controversial topics in response to the surveillance scandals of June 2013? Mary McThomas
Jane Winn Innovation Triumphalism and Privacy Katie Shilton
danah boyd Understanding Privacy Harms in Networks Aaron Rieke
Kevin Bankston & Amie Stepanovich When Robot Eyes Are Watching You: The Law & Policy of Automated Communications Surveillance Bruce Boyden
Luke Stark The Emotional Context of Information Privacy Dawn Schrader
Pierluigi Perri and David Thaw Ancient Worries and Modern Fears: Different Roots and Common Effects of U.S. and EU Privacy Regulation Karen Eltis
Scott Peppet & Paul Ohm The Discriminatory Inferences Project Lior Strahilevitz
Jennifer Stisa Granick Bye, Bye, American Spies, Chapter 5: Content Nuala O'Connor

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Lunch 

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Workshop Session #7 

Author Paper Title Commenter Room
Joris van Hoboken Some Deeper Truths about "European Privacy Law": on the Unappreciated Diversity and the Clash of Policy Rationales at the EU level Joel Reidenberg
Solon Barocas and Andrew Selbst Big Data's Disparate Impact David Robinson
Alan Rubel and Mei Zhang Four Facets of Privacy and Intellectual Freedom in Licensing Contracts for Electronic Journals Faye Jones
Orin Kerr Applying the Fourth Amendment To Global Computer Networks Mark Eckenwiler
Felix Wu The Commercial Difference Jane Winn
Lisa Nelson Digilantism: Conceptions of identity and moral responsibility: should Clark Kent  be held responsible for the mistakes of Superman? Kent Wada
Jules Polonetsky and Omer Tene
Who Is Reading Whom Now? Student Privacy from Books to MOOCs Elana Zeide
Judith Rauhofer Doomed? Invisible privacy harms and the balance of power in the information age Michael Birnhack

2:00 PM to 2:30 PM Break

2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Workshop Session #8

Author Paper Title Commenter Room
Daniel Barth-Jones Do Academic and Journalistic Data Re-identification Demonstration Attacks Distort Prudent Privacy Public Policy Decision-Making? Maya Bernstein
Ignacio Cofone The Way the Cookie Crumbles: Do Not Track Policy meets Behavioral Economics Joasia Luzak
Steven Bellovin and Sebastian Zimmeck Privee: An Architecture for Automatically Analyzing Web Privacy Policies Florencia Marotta-Wurgler
Joseph Jerome and Joe Newman

Press Start to Track? Privacy and the New Questions Posed by Modern Videogame Technology

James Grimmelman
Dennis Hirsch The Glass House Effect: Big Data, the New Oil, and the Power of Analogy Scott Mulligan
Elana Zeide Student Privacy in Context Mark MacCarthy
Julie Cohen The Surveillance-Innovation Complex Neil Richards
Amie Stepanovich and Ross Schulman Behind the Back Door: The Extent the IC Can Require Private Companies to Modify Networks, Legally and Practically Stephanie Pell

3:30 PM Closing Remarks

PLSC Participants (as of April 1, 2014)

Alessandro Acquisti, Carnegie Mellon University

Joseph Alhadeff, Oracle

Anita Allen, University of Pennsylvania

Meg Ambrose, Georgetown University

Norberto Andrade, UC Berkeley, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology

Julia Angwin, ProPublica

Annie Antón, Georgia Institute of Technology

Bj Ard, Yale Information Society Project

Axel Arnbak, IViR, Berkman Center, CITP

Lisa Austin, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

Kartikeya Bajpai, Student Kellogg School of Management

Rebecca Balebako, Carnegie Mellon University

Jane Bambauer, University of Arizona

Derek Bambauer, University of Arizona College of Law

Kevin Bankston, New America Foundation

Khaliah Barnes, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)

Solon Barocas, New York University

Daniel Barth-Jones, Columbia University

Carol Bast, University of Central Florida

Steven Bellovin, Columbia University

Paul Bernal, University of East Anglia

Maya Bernstein, U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services

Ryan Biava, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Michael Birnhack, Tel-Aviv University

Jody Blanke, Mercer University

Matt Blaze, University of Pennsylvania

Marc Blitz, Oklahoma City University

Franziska Boehm, University of Münster

Courtney Bowman, Palantir Technologies

Danah Boyd, Microsoft Research

Bruce Boyden, Marquette University School of Law

Travis Breaux, CMU

Kiel Brennan-Marquez, Information Society Project, Yale Law School

Cheryl Brown, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Paula Bruening, Intel Corporation

Aaron Burstein, Federal Trade Commission

Ryan Calo, University of Washington School of Law

L Jean Camp, Indiana U.

Tim Casey, California Western School of Law

Bryan Choi, New York Law School

Wade Chumney, Georgia Institute of Technology

Danielle Citron, University of Maryland School of Law

Ignacio Cofone, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Bret Cohen, Hogan Lovells US LLP

Jules Cohen, Microsoft Corporation

Julie Cohen, Georgetown Law

Amanda Conley, Cobalt LLP

Lani Cossette, Microsoft

Lorrie Cranor, Carnegie Mellon University

Kate Crawford, MSR and MIT Center for Civic Media

Thomas Crocker, University of South Carolina School of Law

Catherine Crump, American Civil Liberties Union

Mary Culnan, Bentley University

Bryan Cunningham, Palanir Technologies

Doug Curling, New Kent Capital

Chris Cwalina, Holland & Knight

Alex Deane, Weber Shandwick

Deven Desai, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Pam Dixon, World Privacy Forum

Dissent Doe, PogoWasRight.org

Laura Donohue, Georgetown Law

Nick Doty, UC Berkeley, School of Information

Cynthia Dwork, Microsoft Research

Catherine Dwyer, Pace University

Mark Eckenwiler, Perkins Coie LLP

Lilian Edwards, Strathclyde University

Karen Eltis, University of Ottawa

Amitai Etzioni, The George Washington University

Joshua Fairfield, Washington and Lee School of Law

Federico Ferretti, Brunel University London

Darleen Fisher, National Science Foundation

Roger Ford, The University of Chicago Law School

Tanya Forsheit, InfoLawGroup LLP

Leslie Francis, University of Utah - S. J. Quinney College of Law

Mary Anne Franks, University of Miami School of Law

Susan Freiwald, University of San Francisco School of Law

Paul Frisch, University of Oregon School of Law

Michael Froomkin, University of Miami

Simson Garfinkel, Naval Postgraduate School

Vaibhav Garg, Drexel University

Robert Gellman

Lauren Gelman, BlurryEdge Strategies

Sue Glueck, Microsoft

Nathan Good, Good Research

Jennifer Granick, Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Societ

John Grant, Palantir Technologies

James Graves, Carnegie Mellon University

David Gray, University of Maryland

Rebecca Green, William & Mary Law School

Brad Greenberg, Columbia Law School

James Grimmelmann, University of Maryland

Seda Gurses, NYU

Joseph Hall, Center for Democracy and Technology

Baerbel Harju, University of Munich LMU

Ryan Harkins, Microsoft Corp.

Woodrow Hartzog, Cumberland School of Law

Stephen Henderson, The University of Oklahoma

Evan Hendricks, Privacy Times, Inc

Nadia Heninger, University of Pennsylvania

Janine Hiller, Virginia Tech

Michael Hintze, Microsoft Corporation

Dennis Hirsch, Capital University Law School

Lance Hoffman, George Washington University

Chris Hoofnagle, UC Berkeley Law

Margaret Hu, Washington & Lee University School of Law

Jonathan Jaffe, Jonathan Jaffe Law

Malavika Jayaram, Berkman Center for Internet and Society/CIS India

Maritza Johnson, Facebook

Faye Jones, Florida State University College of Law

D.R. Jones, University of Memphis School of Law

Nathan Judish, CCIPS, United States Department of Justice

Margot Kaminski, Yale ISP

David Keating, Alston & Bird LLP

Orin Kerr, George Washington University

Ian Kerr, University of Ottawa

Jennifer King, UC Berkeley School of Information

Anne Klinefelter, University of North Carolina

Tracy Ann Kosa, Microsoft

Susan Landau, Privacyink.org

Stephen Lau, University of California

Ronald Lee, Arnold & Porter LLP

Ronald Leenes, Tilburg University, the Netherlands

Carey Lening, Palantir Technologies

Pedro Leon, CMU

Jack Lerner, USC Gould School of Law

Avner Levin, Privacy Institute, Ryerson University

Karen Levy, Princeton University

Nancy Libin, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

Joasia Luzak, University of Amsterdam

Orla Lynskey, London School of Economics

Lance Mabry, IDEM


Mary Madden, Pew Research Center

Florencia Marotta-Wurgler, NYU Law School

Alex Marthews, Digital Fourth

Kirsten Martin, George Washington University

Alice Marwick, Fordham University

Keith Marzullo, CNS / CISE / NSF

Aaron Massey, Georgia Institute of Technology

Kristen Mathews, Proskauer

Andrea Matwyshyn, UPenn/ FTC

Aleecia McDonald, Stanford Law School, Center for Internet & Society

William McGeveran, University of Minnesota Law School

Joanne McNabb, California Attorney General's Office

Edward McNicholas, Sidley Austin

Mary McThomas, CSU Channel Islands

Rotem Medzini, Stanford Law School

Sylvain Métille, BCCC attorneys LLC / Lausanne University

Jon Mills, Univ. of Florida Levin College of Law

Vivek Mohan, Sidley Austin LLP & Harvard Kennedy School

Laura Moy, Public Knowledge

Deirdre Mulligan, UC Berkeley School of Information

Scott Mulligan, Skidmore College

Arvind Narayanan, Princeton University

Lisa Nelson, University of Pittsburgh

Bryce Newell, University of Washington, The Information School

Helen Nissenbaum, New York University

Nuala O'Connor, Center for Democracy & Technology

Andrew Odlyzko, University of Minnesota

Paul Ohm, University of Colorado Law School

Thomas O'Malley, U.S. Attorney's Office


Brian Owsley, Indiana Tech Law School (effective July 2014)

Christopher Parsons, Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs

Frank Pasquale, University of Maryland

Jon Peha, Carnegie Mellon University

Nikolaus Peifer, University of Cologne

Amy Peikoff, Southwestern Law School

Stephanie Pell, SKP Strategies, LLC

Scott Peppet, University of Colorado Law School

Nick Pickles, Big Brother Watch

Vincent Polley, KnowConnect PLLC

Jules Polonetsky, Future of Privacy Forum

Nadezhda Purtova, Tilburg Institite for Law, Technology and Society

Katie Ratté, The Walt Di sney Company

Judith Rauhofer, University of Edinburgh

Priscilla Regan, George Mason University

Joel Reidenberg, Fordham Law School

Jessica Rich, Federal Trade Commission

Neil Richards, Washington University

Aaron Rieke, Robinson + Yu

David Robinson, Robinson + Yu

Sasha Romanosky, RAND Corporation

Alan Rubel, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Ira Rubinstein, NYU School of Law

Richard Rutledge, Georgia Institute of Technology

Sonam Samat, Carnegie Mellon University

Barbara Sandfuchs, University of Passau, Germany

Steve Satterfield, Covington & Burling LLP

Albert (Buzz) Scherr, University of New Hampshre School of Law

Dawn Schrader, Cornell University

Jason Schultz, NYU School of Law

Elaine Sedenberg, University of California, Berkeley

Andrew Selbst, Public Citizen

Wendy Seltzer, World Wide Web Consortium

Stuart Shapiro, MITRE Corporation

Bradley Shear, The George Washington University

Katie Shilton, University of Maryland College Park

Babak Siavoshy, Palantir

Robert Sloan, University of Illinois at Chicago

Anna Slomovic

Stephen Smith, U.S. Courts

Christopher Soghoian, American Civil Liberties Union

Daniel Solove, George Washington University Law School

Ashkan Soltani, Soltani LLC

Robert Sprague, University of Wyoming

Jay Stanley, ACLU

Luke Stark, New York University

Gerard Stegmaier, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Amie Stepanovich, ACCESS

Lior Strahilevitz, University of Chicago

Katherine Strandburg, New York University School of Law

Allyson Stuart, Charleston School of Law

Clare Sullivan, University of South Australia

Latanya Sweeney, Harvard University

Peter Swire, Georgia Institute of Technology

Adam Tanner, Harvard University

Rahul Telang, Carnegie Mellon

Omer Tene, IAPP

Melanie Teplinsky, American University, Washington College of Law

David Thaw, University of Connecticut School of Law

Timothy Tobin, Hogan Lovells US LLP

Michael Traynor, Cobalt LLP

Joseph Turow, University of Pennsylvania

Blase Ur, Carnegie Mellon University

Jennifer Urban, UC Berkeley

Nico Van Eijk, Institute for Information Law (IViR)

Joris Van Hoboken, Information Law Institute, NYU

Stephen Vladeck, American University Washington College of Law

Heidi Wachs, Gartner

Kent Wada, University of California, Los Angeles

Richard Warner, Chicago-Kent College of Law

Cheryl Washington, UC Davis

Shaundra Watson, FTC

Daniel Weitzner, MIT

Tara Whalen, Carleton University

Jan Whittington, University of Washington

Craig Wills, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Kurt Wimmer, Covington & Burling

Peter Winn, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Jane Winn, UW School of Law

Normann Witzleb, Monash University Melbourne (Australia)

Christopher Wolf, Hogan Lovells US LLP

Felix Wu, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Tal Zarsky, University of Haifa - Faculty of Law

David Zetoony, Bryan Cave LLP

Mei Zhang, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Sebastian Zimmeck, Columbia University

Michael Zimmer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee