2020 Privacy Law Scholars Conference (PLSC 2020)

with George Washington Law School

June 4-5, 2020
Washington, DC
Virtual Event

Organized jointly by BCLT and the George Washington University Law School, the Privacy Law Scholars Conference (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. PLSC brings together privacy law scholars, privacy scholars from other disciplines (economics, philosophy, political science, computer science), and practitioners (industry, legal, advocacy, and government). For more information, see our FAQ.

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 recommended that participants devote 1.5 to 2 days of reading to prepare prior to the conference. One does not need to submit a paper to participate in PLSC–indeed most participants do not.

PLSC 2020 is at capacity and we are not accepting new registrations.

In light of the COVID pandemic, PLSC 2020 will be a 100% virtual event. More details coming.

Click here for the archives of previous Privacy Law Scholars Conferences.

PLSC 2020 Program

These are the accepted abstracts for PLSC 2020. Schedule TBD.

Beyond Good Intentions: Data Sharing in and for Africa, by Rediet Abebe, Kehinde Aruleba, Sara Kingsley, George Obaido, Swathi Sadagopan, and Sekou Remy.
In the Shadow of the ‘Smart Court’: Challenges to Fairness, Transparency, and Accountability in China’s Applications of Courtroom AI, by Shazeda Ahmed and Xin Dai 
Automated Employment Discrimination, by Ifeoma Ajunwa   
Data Transparency and the Third Party Problem, by Lisa Austin and David Lie  
Ubiquitous Wiretaps and the Legal Implications of Passive Listening, by Lindsey Barrett and Ilaria Liccardi  
Data Market Discipline: From Financial Regulation to Data Governance, by Sebastian Benthall and Salome Viljoen  
Two Genealogies of Power and Autonomy in the Platform Economy, by Elettra Bietti   
Public Video Surveillance and Searches of “Persons” after Carpenter , by Marc Blitz   
Employees as Data Subjects, by Matthew Bodie   
Differential Privacy + 2020 US Census == ???, by danah boyd   
Surveillance Un-Capitalism, by Kiel Brennan-Marquez and Daniel Susser   
Identity Theft and the Reproduction of Inequality, by Jordan Brensinger   
Hey, Google, Where’s My Amazon Alexa?: An Intersectional Map of Where We Are on Virtual Assistant Privacy Policies, Security Standards, and Real-Life Use, by Jill Bronfman and Girard Kelly
On Being a Client-Scholar-Practitioner, by David Carroll   
When do machines forget?, by Aloni Cohen, Adam Smith, Marika Swanberg, Prashant and Nalini Vasudevan
Application Uncertainties and a Bounded Opportunity Theory of TechLaw, by Rebecca Crootof and BJ Ard  
Online political microtargeting by foreign actors: an interdisciplinary exploration, by Tom Dobber, Ronan Ó Fathaigh and Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius 
Making the Case for a Sui Generis Right to Our Face, by Lilian Edwards and Michael Veale  
Structural Surveillance and Fourth Amendment Privacy, by Andrew Ferguson   
H.R. 1984, a bill to enact the United States Agency Fair Information Practices Act (USA-FIPS Act) , by Robert Gellman   
Do protected grounds in non-discrimination law make sense in the age of AI?, by Janneke Gerards   
Mechanism Design for What?, by Jake Goldenfein, Salome Viljoen, and Lee McGuigan 
Improving Search and Seizure Warrants for the Digital Age, by Jennifer Granick   
Data-Inalienability, by Gautam Hans   
Privacy Self-Help, by Steven Hazel   
Corporate Data Ethics: Data Governance Transformations for the Age of Advanced Analytics and AI, by Dennis Hirsch, Timothy Bartley, Aravind Chandrasekaran, and Piers Norris Turner
The Death of the Privacy Author, by Gordon Hull   
Alternative Data: Underscoring Consumer Privacy, by Kristin  Johnson    
The History of Digital Notice & Consent (A Consumer Privacy Origin Story), by Meg Jones   
Decrypting Originalism: The Lessons of Burr, by Orin  Kerr   
Safe Harbors for Algorithms?, by Pauline Kim   
One Size Does Not Fit All: Applying a Single Privacy Policy to (Too) Many Contexts, by Yafit Lev-Aretz and Madelyn Rose Sanfilippo  
Trademarks as Surveillance Transparency, by Amanda Levendowski   
Surveillance Deputies, by Karen Levy and Lauren Kilgour  
Shining a Light on Dark Patterns, by Jamie Luguri and Lior Strahilevitz  
Enhanced Privacy Duties for Dominant Companies, by Mark MacCarthy   
Regulatory Spillovers: The Case of GDPR, by Florencia Marotta-Wurgler   
Are US Police Less Willing To Share Bodycam Footage If It Means African-Americans Will See It? An Empirical Study of Public Records Laws and Video-Sharin, by Alex Marthews   
Privacy Work: The Labor of Protecting Information in a Networked Age, by Alice Marwick   
Emotions, Computing, and Privacy: Developing an Ethical Framework for Designing Affective Computing Systems, by Aaron Massey, Lydia Stamato and Andrea Kleinsmith 
What Makes a Dark Pattern “Dark”: Assessing the Attributes of Dark Patterns, by Arunesh Mathur, Mihir Kshirsagar, Arunesh Mathur and Arvind Narayanan
Digital Behavioral Influence and its Harms, by J. Nathan Matias and Jonathon Penney  
An Ecological Approach to Data Governance, by Jasmine McNealy   
Designing for the Privacy Commons, by Darakhshan Mir   
The Underappreciated Role of Avoidability in U.S. Privacy Law, by Laura Moy   
Data Poverty: The Trojan Horse of Data Monetization, by Trix Mulder and Sofia Ranchordás  
Surveillant Public Space: Bluetooth Low Energy in Urban Environments, by Gabriel Nicholas and Aaron Shapiro 
The Intractability of Paying for Privacy, by Aileen Nielsen   
Evaluating How Global Privacy Principles Answer Consumers’ Questions About Mobile App Privacy, by Tom Norton, Joel R. Reidenberg, Norman Sadeh and Abhilasha Ravichander
Life, law, and new privacy in a world of illusions and manipulations, by Andrew Odlyzko   
Article III Standing, Privacy Injuries, and Informational Appropriateness, by Peter Ormerod   
Show Me the (Data About the) Money!  Financial Regulation, and Consumer Financial Information, by Nizan Packin   
The Internet of Suspect Bodies, by Stephanie Pell and Andrea M. Matwyshyn   
Chilling Effects: Theory and Taxonomy, by Jon  Penney   
Privacy in Public Space: The Idea, Language and Image, by Visakha Phusamruat   
A Duty of Loyalty for Privacy Law, by Neil Richards and Woodrow Hartzog  
Governing an Algorithm in the Wild, by David Robinson   
The Cryptographic Fourth Amendment, by Alan Rozenshtein, Julissa Milligan and Mayank Varia 
Urban Privacy, by Ira Rubinstein   
Techno-Futurism in Play: Privacy, Surveillance, and Innovation at Disney , by Madelyn Sanfilippo and Yan Shvartzshnaider  
Algorithmic Impact Assessments and the Private Sector, by Andrew Selbst   
Police Culture, Technology, and the Future of Police Reform, by Andrew Selbst Michael and Sierra Arévalo  
Privacy Holism: Back to the Future?, by Daniel Susser   
Inescapable Surveillance, by Matthew Tokson   
Real-Time Bidding and Adtech Under European Data Protection Law, by Michael Veale and Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius  
Data as a Democratic Medium: A Relational Theory of Equality for the Data Political Economy, by Salome Viljoen   
Why fairness cannot be automated: Bridging the gap between EU non-discrimination law and AI, by Sandra Wachter, Brent Mittelstadt and Chris Russell 
Privacy and Power: The Corporate Plan for Our Data, Our Freedom, and Our Future, by Ari Waldman   
Experimental Procedures: AI Innovation at the speed of government, by Anne Washington   
Privacy as Privilege, by Rebecca Wexler   
Interrogating and Expanding “Design” in Privacy By Design, by Richmond Wong and Deirdre Mulligan  
Singling Out: What a Rigorous Legal-Technical Analysis Teaches Us About Privacy Regulation, by Alexandra Wood, Kobbi Nissim, Micah Altman, and Aloni Cohen
Implications of Privacy-Preserving Techniques on the Statistical Evidence of a Pattern and Practice of Discrimination, by Heng Xu and Nan Zhang  
Data Ownership is Not Dispositive: Access to Proprietary Systems in Outsourced Government Data Programs, by Meg Young   
When a Small Change Makes a Big Difference, by Tal Zarsky Jane Bambauer and Jonathan Mayer 
The Silicon Ceiling, by Elana Zeide   
Health Privacy Exceptionalism and the Medicalization of Social Issues, by Carleen Zubrzycki   
A Cybersecurity Duty?, by Charlotte Tschider   
Seductive Surveillance and Social Change The Rise of the Voice Intelligence Industry, by Joesph Turow   
“A Framework for Assessing the Privacy, Security, Autonomy, and Competition Issues in Data Portability and Inter-Operability”, by Peter Swire   

PLSC Program Committee

The PLSC Program Committee assists in judging papers for awards, and in selecting abstracts for inclusion in the conference.

  • Franziska Boehm, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Ryan Calo, University of Washington
  • Danielle K. Citron, Boston University School of Law
  • Julie Cohen, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Deven Desai, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Woodrow Hartzog, Northeastern University School of Law
  • Kirsty Hughes, University of Cambridge
  • Margot Kaminski, University of Colorado Law
  • Orin Kerr, University of California, Berkeley
  • Karen Levy, Cornell University, Department of Information Science & Law School
  • William McGeveran, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Paul Ohm, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Priscilla Regan, George Mason University
  • Neil Richards, Washington University Law
  • Ari Waldman, New York Law School

PLSC Co-Chairs

  • Daniel J. Solove, George Washington University School of Law
  • Chris Jay Hoofnagle, UC Berkeley Law & School of Information

Participants (235)(as of January 31, 2020)

Shazeda Ahmed, University of California, Berkeley – School of Information
Ifeoma Ajunwa, Cornell ILR School/Cornell Law School
Kendra Albert, Harvard Law School
Denise Anthony, University of Michigan
Jocelyn Aqua, PwC
Chinmayi Arun, Yale Law School
Lisa Austin, University of Toronto Faculty of Law
Peter Austin, Palantir Technologies
Noël Bangma, Radboud University
Lindsey Barrett, Institute for Public Representation, Communications & Technology Clinic, Georgetown Law
Daniel Barth-Jones, Columbia University
Sebastian Benthall, Information Law Institute – NYU Law
Gaia Bernstein, Seton Hall University School of Law
Marcin Betkier, Victoria University of Wellington
Elettra Bietti, Harvard Law School/Berkman-Klein
Jody Blanke, Mercer University
Stacy Blasiola, Facebook
Marc Blitz, Oklahoma City University School of Law
Beatriz Botero Arcila, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society / Harvard Law School
Courtney Bowman, Palantir
danah boyd, Microsoft Research
Jordan Brensinger, Columbia University
Jill Bronfman, Common Sense Media
Cheryl Brown, Univ. of North Carolina  at Charlotte
Jeff Brueggeman, AT&T
Paula Bruening, Casentino Strategies LLC
Aaron Burstein, Kelley Drye & Warren
Sarah Butler, NERA Economic Consulting
Joseph Calandrino, Federal Trade Commission
David Carroll, Parsons School of Design, The New School
Bryan Choi, The Ohio State University
Ignacio Cofone, McGill University Faculty of Law
Aloni Cohen, Boston University
Julie Cohen, Georgetown Law
Lorrie Cranor, Carnegie Mellon University
Rebecca Crootof, University of Richmond Law School
Mary Culnan, Future of Privacy Forum
Rachel Cummings, Georgia Institute of Technology
Xin Dai, Peking University School of Law
Jennifer Daskal, American University Washington College of Law
Jolynn Dellinger, Duke Law School; NC DOJ
Will Devries, Google
Robert Deyling, Administrative Office of the United States Courts
Pam Dixon, World Privacy Forum
Tom Dobber, University of Amsterdam
Dissent Doe, DataBreaches.net/PogoWasRight.org
Danilo Doneda, IDP – Brazilan Public Law Institute
Nick Doty, UC Berkeley, School of Information
Jeremy Epstein, National Science Foundation
Sarah Eskens, University of Amsterdam
Yan Fang, University of California, Berkeley
Müge Fazlioglu, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
Caitlin Fennessy, IAPP
Andrew Ferguson, American University Washington College of Law
Ariel Fox Johnson, Common Sense Media
Leslie Francis, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
Juliane Fries, World Bank
Brett Frischmann, Villanova University
Michael Froomkin, University of Miami
Robert Gellman, Privacy Consultant
Janneke Gerards, Utrecht University, Montaigne Centre for Rule of Law and Administration of Justice
Daniel Gillmor, ACLU
Michele Gilman, University of Baltimore School of Law
Nathan Good, Good research
Jennifer Granick, ACLU
John Grant, Palantir Technologies
James Graves
Megan Gray, DuckDuckGo
David Gray, University of Maryland Carey School of Law
Jeremy Greenberg, Future of Privacy Forum
Ece Gumusel, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Thomas Haley, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
Joseph Hall, Internet Society
Gautam Hans, Vanderbilt Law School
Woodrow Hartzog, Northeastern University
Steven Hazel, US District Courts
Janine Hiller, Virginia Tech
Dennis Hirsch, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Lance Hoffman, George Washington University
Chris Hoofnagle, UC Berkeley
Gordon Hull, UNC Charlotte
Kristin Johnson, Tulane University Law School
D.R. Jones, University of Memphis School of Law
Meg Jones, Georgetown University
Sara Jordan, Future of Privacy Forum
Margot Kaminski, Colorado Law School
Brett Max Kaufman, ACLU
Debrae Kennedy-Mayo, Georgia Tech
Orin Kerr, University of California, Berkeley Law School
Pauline Kim, Washington University School of Law
Jonathan King, Cordell Institute
Anne Klinefelter, University of North Carolina
Magdalena Krajewska, Wingate University
Matthew Kugler, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Elif Nur Kumru, Duke Center on Law & Tech
Sarah Lageson, Rutgers University
Susan Landau, Tufts University
Mary Leary, Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America
Becky Lenaburg, Microsoft Corporation
Brenda Leong, Future of Privacy Forum
Yafit Lev-Aretz, City University of New York
Amanda Levendowski, Georgetown Law
Karen Levy, Cornell University
Ilaria Liccardi, MIT
Rebecca Lipman, NYC Law Department
Siona Listokin, George Mason University
Jamie Luguri, US Courts
Sylvain Métille, Lausanne University
Joanne Ma, University of California, Berkeley
Lance Mabry, IDEM
Mark MacCarthy, Georgetown University
Mason Marks, Gonzaga University School of L
Dustin Marlan, University of Massachusetts School of Law
Alex Marthews, Restore The Fourth, Inc.
Kirsten Martin, George Washington University
Alice Marwick, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Aaron Massey, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Arunesh Mathur, Princeton University
J. Nathan Matias, Cornell University
Hideyuki Matsumi, VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
Andrea Matwyshyn, Penn State Law/ Penn State Engineering
Katie McInnis, Consumer Reports
Jasmine McNealy, University of Florida
Emily McReynolds, Microsoft
Christopher Millard, Queen Mary University of London
Jon Mills, UF College of Law
Darakhshan Mir, Bucknell University
Brent Mittelstadt, University of Oxford
Kevin Moriarty, Division of Privacy & Identity Protection; Federal Trade Commission
Laura Moy, Georgetown University Law Center
Trix Mulder, University of Groningen
Scott Mulligan, Skidmore College
Deirdre Mulligan, School of Information UCB
Arvind Narayanan, Princeton University
Lisa Nelson, University of Pittsburgh
Nora Ni Loideain, Information Law and Policy Centre, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London
Aileen Nielsen, ETH Zurich Center for Law & Economics
Helen Nissenbaum, Cornell Tech
Tom Norton, Fordham Center on Law and Information Policy (CLIP)
Tom O’Malley, Frozen Pii, LLC
Maggie Oates, Carnegie Mellon University
Andrew Odlyzko, University of Minnesota
Paul Ohm, Georgetown Law
Peter Ormerod, Western Carolina University
Brian Owsley, UNT Dallas College of Law
Brian Owsley, UNT Dallas College of Law
Ella Padon Corren, Herzog Fox & Neeman
Stephanie Pell, West Point
Najarian Peters, Seton Hall Law School
Bilyana Petkova, HBKU College of Lawn- Doha
Gavin Phillipson, University of Bristol
Visakha Phusamruat, National Institute of Development Administration
Jules Polonetsky, Future of Privacy Forum
Kenneth Propp, Georgetown University Law Center
Michelle Ramsden, USDOJ
Angie Raymond, Information Governance, Ostrom Workshop- Indiana University
Blake Reid, Colorado Law
Elizabeth Renieris, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society
Neil Richards, Washington University School of Law
David Robinson, Cornell
Zak Rogoff, Ranking Digital Rights
Michael Rosenbloom, Communications & Technology Law Clinic at Georgetown Law
Alan Rozenshtein, University of Minnesota Law School
Alan Rubel, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ira Rubinstein, NYU School of Law
James Rule, Center for the Study of Law & Society, UC Berkeley
Chris Russell, University of Surrey/the Alan Turing Institute
Laurent Sacharoff, University of Arkansas School of Law
Madelyn Sanfilippo, CITP, Princeton University
Elaine Sedenberg, Facebook
Andrew Selbst, UCLA School of Law
Stuart Shapiro, MITRE Corporation
Alexis Shore, Boston University
Yan Shvartzshnaider, NYU
Michael Sierra-Arevalo, Rutgers School of Criminal Justiice
Ido Sivan-Sevilla, Cornell Tech
Robert Sloan, University of Illinois at Chicago
Anna Slomovic, Independent
Adam Smith, Boston University
Stephen Smith, Stanford Center for Internet and society
Daniel Solove, George Washington University Law School
Lisa J Sotto, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
David M. Spatt, Esq., Johnson & Wales University
Lydia Stamato, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Jay Stanley, ACLU
Andrew Stivers, Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Economics
Katherine Strandburg, New York University School of Law
Allyson Stuart, Charleston School of Law
Clare Sullivan, Law Center, Georgetown University
Peter Swire, Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business
Omer Tene, IAPP
Melanie Teplinsky, American University, Washington College of Law
David Thaw, University of Pittsburgh
Matthew Tokson, University of Utah College of Law
Anne Toomey Mckenna, Penn State Dickinson Law/ Penn State Institute for Computational & Data Sciences
Lawrence Trautman, Prairie View A&M University
Michael Traynor, Cobalt LLP
Charlotte Tschider, University of Nebraska College of Law
Joseph Turow, University of Pennsylvania
Blase Ur, University of Chicago
Joris Van Hoboken, Vrije Universiteit Brussel & University of Amsterdam
Rory Van Loo, Boston University
Patricia Vargas Leon, Information Society Project Yale Law School
Michael Veale, University College London
Mark Verstraete, NYU
Sandra Wachter, University of Oxford
Ari Waldman, New York Law School/Princeton
Richard Warner, Chicago-Kent College of Law
Anne Washington, New York University
Gabriel Weinberg, DuckDuckGo
Kate Weisburd, George Washington University School of Law
Jeremy Weissman, Washington and Lee University / Roger Mudd Center for Ethics
Daniel Weitzner, MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative
Susanne Wetzel, Stevens Institute of Technology
Rebecca Wexler, Berkeley School of Law
Tara Whalen, Carleton University
Craig Wills, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Jane Winn, University of Washington School of Law
Peter Winn, U.S. Department of Justice
Shane Witnov, Facebook
Christopher Wolf, Future of Privacy Forum
Richmond Wong, UC Berkeley School of Information
Alexandra Wood, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
Allison Woodruff, Google
John Wrigley, University of Helsinki
Felix Wu, Cardozo School of Law
Heng Xu, American University
Svetlana Yakovleva, Institute for Information Law (University of Amsterdam), De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek
Meg Young, University of Washington Information School
Tal Zarsky, Penn Law
Elana Zeide, UCLA School of Law
Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius, iHub, Radboud University


In 2018, the Program Committee adopted a statement reflecting our longstanding approach to sponsorship. Our 2020 sponsors are Microsoft, Future of Privacy Forum, AT&T, and Covington & Burling LLP.

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