The Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, first proposed in 2012, established rights to protect online users
Daniel J. Weitzner is Director of the MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative and Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab. From 2011-2012, Weitzner was United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy in the White House. Weitzner’s computer science research has pioneered the development of Accountable Systems architecture to enable computational treatment of legal rules and automated compliance auditing. He teaches Internet public policy in MIT’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. Before joining MIT in 1998, Weitzner was founder and Deputy Director of the Center for Democracy and Technology, and Deputy Policy Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Weitzner has law degree from Buffalo Law School, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Swarthmore College.
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We’ve distilled some of the general problems associated with exceptional access systems into a short list of warning signs to look out for in any new proposal.
Recognizing that the balance between privacy law and technology has shifted firmly away from privacy protection will enable policymakers around the world to provide citizens with the trust they deserve and create an environment in which new technologies can flourish.
As the debate over encryption enters a new phase, now is the time to begin a serious public debate about how much surveillance is enough and what kind of surveillance tools can be used without creating undue risk to overall security.