Forum on Data Privacy

Forum on Data Privacy
Convened by the Massachusetts Attorney General

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
222 Memorial Drive (Building 10), Cambridge, MA 02142
24 March 2016

Free and open to the public - Registration


08:00 - 08:45 Registration & Networking
08:45 - 09:00

Welcome & Introductions
Introduction by MIT Provost Martin Schmidt

09:00 - 09:15 Keynote – Attorney General Maura Healey
09:15 - 10:20

Roundtable: Consumer data privacy risks in an evolving digital marketplace  
Do innovative technologies and methods by which businesses collect, share, and use consumer data pose privacy concerns or compliance challenges? If so, how could they be resolved or overcome?

10:20 - 10:35 Break
10:35 - 11:45

Roundtable: The role of states in protecting consumer privacy  
Is there a need for more definitive rules or guidance from government regarding the collection, use, and protection of consumer data? If yes, what should that look like?

11:45 - 12:00


Biographies (by order of appearance)

Martin A. Schmidt - MIT Provost

Martin A. Schmidt received his B.S. degree from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1981 and his S.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983 and 1988, respectively. He joined the MIT faculty in 1988 in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. From 1999 to 2006, he served as the director of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL) at MIT. MTL is an interdepartmental laboratory that provides shared research infrastructure for all of the campus’ activities in micro and nanotechnology and supports the research of approximately 500 students and staff.
In February 2014, he was appointed provost of MIT. Beginning in 2008, he served as associate provost, managing the Institute’s space and the renovation/renewal budgets. Since January 2012, he also assumed responsibilities for “all things industry” as the senior administrative officer responsible for MIT’s industrial interactions. In this capacity, the Technology Licensing Office and Office of Corporate Relations report to him. Beyond his regular responsibilities, he also co-led the Institute’s Task Force on the Budget in response to the 2008 financial crisis. He has played an active role as MIT’s faculty lead in support of the MIT president’s role as co-chair of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), a national effort bringing together the federal government, industry, universities, and other stakeholders to identify and invest in emerging technologies with the potential to create high-quality domestic manufacturing jobs and enhance the global competitiveness of the United States. Lastly, he served as one of the 20 faculty members on the MIT Production in the Innovation Economy (PIE) study, a two-year study focused on understanding the critical linkage of production to the innovation process. The PIE work resulted in two books published by the MIT Press.
His teaching and research is in the areas of micro and nanofabrication of sensors, actuators and electronic devices, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), design of micromechanical sensors and actuators, and micro/nanofabrication technology. He is the co-author of more than 80 journal publications and 120 peer-reviewed conference proceedings. He is also an inventor on more than 30 issued U.S. patents. More than 25 students have completed their Ph.D. degrees under his supervision.

Maura Healey was sworn in as Attorney General on January 21, 2015, pledging to lead the People’s Law Firm.

Since taking office, Healey has tackled issues touching the lives of residents across Massachusetts including the heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic, escalating health care costs, workers' rights and student loan costs. She has focused on strengthening consumer protections and on improving our criminal justice system.
Building on her promise to run an office that serves people across the state, Healey launched the Community Engagement Division in May 2015. The first-of-its-kind division brings the Attorney General’s Office and its work into neighborhoods and communities across the state. The Division has launched community office hours and has assisted with the rollout of several policy initiatives including the Earned Sick Time law and Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights.
Healey is an advocate for a more equal and inclusive workplace. In May 2015, she announced that her office would provide six weeks of paid family leave for all employees – making the AG’s Office the first state agency to offer paid parental leave. The office has also helped shaped state legislation that would expand opportunities for women in the workplace including Pay Equity and Pregnant Workers Fairness bills. 
As a civil rights attorney, Healey is committed to ensuring that all residents are treated fairly. As former head of the office’s Civil Rights Division, Healey was the architect of the state’s successful challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act and argued the case in federal court. As Attorney General, she has advocated for marriage equality and in support of bills to fight discrimination against transgender people. Prior to her election, Healey helped lead the Attorney General’s Office as head of the Civil Rights Division and as Chief of the Public Protection and Business & Labor Bureaus.
In those roles, she helped defend the Massachusetts buffer zone law, which protected women from being harassed at reproductive health care centers. She also shut down predatory lenders that were wreaking havoc on Massachusetts communities and oversaw a team that has worked with homeowners to help make their loans affordable. The program has gotten banks to modify thousands of home mortgages and stop hundreds of foreclosures.
Healey grew up the oldest of five brothers and sisters in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. Her mother worked as a school nurse, her father was a captain in the military and a civil engineer, and her stepfather taught history and coached high school sports. Her family roots are in Newburyport and along the North Shore, where her grandfathers worked at the post office and in the General Electric factory. From her family, she learned values of hard work, discipline, and the importance of taking care of others.
Healey graduated from Harvard College in 1992 and was captain of the women's basketball team. She played professional basketball in Europe before returning to Massachusetts to attend Northeastern University School of Law. She was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.
Early in her career, Healey clerked for Judge David Mazzone in the United States District Court in Massachusetts. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Healey was a junior partner at the international law firm Wilmer Hale (formerly Hale and Dorr), where she represented clients in the financial services, pharmaceutical, medical device, software, energy, biotechnology and professional sports sectors. She is a former Special Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County, where she tried drug, assault, domestic violence and motor vehicle cases.
Healey has been recognized by a number of organizations for her leadership on civil rights. In 2010, she was awarded the American Constitution Society’s Award for Public Service. In 2012, Healey received the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association’s Kevin Larkin Memorial Award for Public Service. She’s also been honored by the Boston Bar Association for her work on the Office’s challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act. She’s been awarded the Equal Justice Coalition’s Award for Legal Aid.

Danny Weitzner - Director of the MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative @djweitzner
Daniel J. Weitzner is the Director of the MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative, Principal Research Scientist at CSAIL, and teaches Internet public policy in MIT's Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. His research includes development of accountable systems architectures to enable the Web to be more responsive to policy requirements, as well as technology policy studies of emerging Internet issues. From 2010-2012, Weitzner was the United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy in the White House. He led initiatives on privacy, cybersecurity, Internet copyright, and trade policies promoting the free flow of information. He was responsible for the Obama Administration's Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights and the OECD Internet Policymaking Principles. Weitzner’s computer science research has pioneered the development of Accountable Systems architecture to enable computational treatment of legal rules and automated compliance auditing. In 2006 he launched the Web Science Research Initiative with Tim Berners-Lee, Wendy Hall, Nigel Shadbolt and James Hendler, a cross-disciplinary research initiative promoting research on the technical and social impact of the Web. Weitzner has been a leader in the development of Internet public policy from its inception, making fundamental contributions to the successful fight for strong online free expression protection in the United States Supreme Court, and for laws that control government surveillance of email and web browsing data. Weitzner is a founder of the Center for Democracy and Technology, led the World Wide Web Consortium's public policy activities, and was Deputy Policy Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He advises governments, civil society organizations, and companies around the world on a variety of Internet public policy questions. In 2013 he received the International Association of Privacy Professionals Leadership Award.

Dipayan Ghosh - Privacy & Public Policy Advisor, Facebook
Dipayan Ghosh recently moved to Facebook, where he supports development of U.S. privacy and cyber policy in the company's Washington, D.C. offices. Before joining Facebook, he was a technology and economic policy advisor at the White House, where he focused on issues including Internet and cyber policy, consumer privacy and protection, spectrum innovation, and educational technology. Prior, he was a postdoctoral scholar at Berkeley’s School of Information, and a fellow at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University. Dipayan received a PhD in electrical engineering and computer science at Cornell University and a bachelors in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Connecticut.

Ilaria Liccardi - Research Scientist with the Internet Policy Research Initiative at MIT CSAIL
Ilaria is a research scientist with the Internet Policy Research Initiative at CSAIL, MIT. From 2012- 2015 she was a Marie Curie Fellow with the Decentralized Information Group at CSAIL (MIT) and with the Oxford e-Research Center, University of Oxford. She also worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Microsoft Research INRIA Joint Center (2010-2012). Ilaria Liccardi received a Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of Southampton (UK) in 2010. She is interested in privacy issues arising from today’s technologies. Her research investigates tools, techniques and methods to enhance awareness of unexpected disclosures of people’s personal information both to other people and to companies.

John Moore - CEO of Twine Health @john_o_moore
John Moore is a physician and technologist passionate about empowering patients to take the lead in their care and making it delightful for clinicians to support them in reaching their goals.

Carol Rose - Executive Director, ACLU Massachusetts
In 2013, Carol launched the ACLU of MA “Technology for Liberty” project, which focuses on ensuring that law keeps pace with technology as well as promoting technology in the service of liberty. She is a graduate of Stanford University, the London School of Economics, and Harvard Law School. Prior to law school, Carol was a reporter for The New York Times, the Des Moines Register, and UPI, based in the US and overseas (London, Northern Ireland, Japan, Pakistan, Israel/West Bank/Gaza, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Vietnam). She served as a law clerk to Federal District Court Judge Patti Saris, and spent six years in private law practice at Hill & Barlow before taking the helm at the ACLU of Massachusetts in 2003.

Latanya Sweeney - Professor of Government and Technology in Residence at Harvard University
As Professor of Government and Technology in Residence at Harvard University, my mission is create and use technology to assess and solve societal, political and governance problems, and to teach others how to do the same. One focus area is the scientific study of technology's impact on humankind, and I am the Editor-in-Chief of Technology Science. Another focus area is data privacy, and I am the Director of the Data Privacy Lab at Harvard. I was formerly the Chief Technology Officer at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). One of my goals was to make it easier for others to work on innovative solutions at the intersection of technology, policy and
business. Often, I thought of my past students, who primarily came from computer science or governance backgrounds, and who were highly motivated to change the world. I would like to see society harness their energy and get others thinking about innovative solutions to pressing problems. During my time there, I launched the summer research fellows program and blogged on Tech@FTC to facilitate explorations and ignite brainstorming on FTC-related topics.

Catherine Tucker - Sloan Distinguished Professor of Management, MIT
Catherine Tucker is the Sloan Distinguished Professor of Management Science and Professor of Marketing at MIT Sloan. She is also Chair of the MIT Sloan PhD Program. Her research interests lie in how technology allows firms to use digital data to improve their operations and marketing, and in the challenges this poses for regulations designed to promote innovation. She has particular expertise in online advertising, digital health, social media, and electronic privacy. Generally, most of her research lies in the interface between marketing, economics, and law.
She has received an NSF CAREER Award for her work on digital privacy, the Erin Anderson Award for Emerging Marketing Scholar and Mentor, the Paul E. Green Award for contributions to the practice of Marketing Research and a Garfield Award for her work on electronic medical records. Tucker is Co-Editor of Quantitative Marketing and Economics and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She teaches MIT Sloan's course on Pricing and the EMBA course "Marketing Management for the Senior Executive." She has received the Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching as well as being voted "Teacher of the Year" at MIT Sloan. She holds a PhD in economics from Stanford University, and a BA from the University of Oxford.   

Christopher T. Bavitz - Managing Director of Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic

Christopher T. Bavitz is Managing Director of Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic, based at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. He is also a Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law at HLS, where he teaches the seminar, Music & Digital Media, and has co-taught the Practical Lawyering in Cyberspace seminar. Chris has concentrated his law practice and clinical activities on intellectual property and media law, with an emphasis on music, entertainment, and technology.  He oversees many of the Cyberlaw Clinic’s projects relating to copyright, trademark, online speech, and advising of mission-oriented startups and entrepreneurs about their legal, business, and strategic needs.  He also works on issues relating to the use of technology to promote access to justice.

John Doherty - Vice President of State Policy & Politics and General Counsel, TechNet
After more than 15 years in the legal and political field, John Doherty was named VP of State Policy and Politics and General Counsel for TechNet in October 2013. In that position, Doherty is responsible for guiding TechNet in achieving its goal of uniting CEOs and senior executives with leading policy makers in a bipartisan effort to sustain and advance America’s global leadership in technology and innovation at the state level. Doherty arrived at TechNet following a three-year period as Vice President of State Government Affairs for UnitedHealth Group, a diversified Fortune 25 health and well-being company where he had multi-state, regional, and national responsibilities for local and state government relationships.

Sara Cable - Assistant Attorney General and Director of Data Privacy and Security, Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General, Maura Healey
Sara Cable is an Assistant Attorney General and Director of Data Privacy and Security in the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General, Maura Healey. She investigates and prosecutes violations of the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act and the Massachusetts data breach notification laws and data security regulations. She has reviewed thousands of data breach notices submitted under Massachusetts law, regularly reviews and investigates data security and data privacy incidents, works with businesses to improve their data security and breach reporting practices, and is a frequent presenter on Massachusetts data security/breach laws. She is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US).
Previously, Ms. Cable was a litigation associate at Bingham McCutchen LLP, where she litigated commercial disputes featuring unfair trade practice, antitrust, and intellectual property claims. Ms. Cable received a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Harvard University and a Juris Doctorate magna cum laude from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Sarah Holland - Senior Analyst, Google
Sarah Holland is a member of Google’s public policy team, where she focuses on consumer privacy, data innovation and online safety. Prior to joining Google, she served as a senior policy advisor to U.S. Senator Mark Pryor on technology and communications, foreign policy, consumer protection and education issues. In that role, she drove several pieces of legislation, including the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) and reauthorization of the SAFE WEB Act. Sarah is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and Johns Hopkins University, and studied at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, as a Boren Scholar. She is Vice-Chair of the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) Board of Directors, a member of the Advisory Committee, and a Community Club mentor.

Cameron F. Kerry - Senior Counsel, Sidley (Boston and Washington, D.C. offices)
Cameron is former General Counsel and Acting Secretary of the United States Department of Commerce, where he played a leadership role in consumer privacy issues and the flow of information and technology across international borders. Cam is a Visiting Scholar with the MIT Media Lab and is also the first Ann R. and Andrew H. Tisch Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Governance Studies and the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings Institute. At Sidley, his broad practice operates at the intersection of law, technology, and public policy and is informed by his years of government service and over three decades in private practice. Cam is the recent co-author of Essentially Equivalent: A Comparison of the Legal Orders for Privacy and Data Protection in the European Union and United States (Sidley Austin LLP 2016) and frequent contributor to Data Matters, Sidley’s Cybersecurity, Privacy, Data Protection, Internet Law and Policy blog.

Quentin Palfrey - Former Senior Advisor for Jobs & Competitiveness, White House Office of Science & Technology Policy
From 2011 to 2013, Quentin served as Senior Advisor for Jobs & Competitiveness in the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy. While there, he was the lead White House policy staffer on a number of initiatives relating to technology and innovation policy, including issues relating to intellectual property, commercial data privacy, and Internet policy. Quentin came to the White House from the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he served as Deputy General Counsel for Strategic Initiatives and helped coordinate the Internet Policy Task Force. From 2007 to 2009, Quentin was the first Chief of the Health Care Division in the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General. Quentin holds an A.B and a J.D. from Harvard and has worked as an attorney at the law firms WilmerHale and Cravath, Swaine & Moore. Quentin Palfrey is currently the Executive Director of J-PAL North America, based at MIT, which works to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence.

Persis S. Yu - Staff attorney, the National Consumer Law Center
Persis is a staff attorney at the National Consumer Law Center and works on the Fair Credit Reporting Act, student loans, and other consumer advocacy issues. She is a contributing author to NCLC’s Fair Credit Reporting and Student Loan Law. She has also author several reports including: Big Data: A Big Disappointment for Scoring Consumer Credit Risk and Broken Records: How Errors by Criminal Background Checking Companies Harm Workers and Businesses. Prior to joining NCLC, Persis was a Hanna S. Cohn Equal Justice Fellow at Empire Justice Center in Rochester, New York. Her fellowship project focused on credit reporting issues facing low-income consumers, specifically in the areas of accuracy, housing and employment.