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Big Data is You - Opportunities and Pitfalls of Data Collection, Protection & Use in the Modern Ecosphere


February 11, 2014 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Room 290

Spread the word on social media using #SLSBigData. Use the hash tag for your tweets and updates or to search for what others are saying.

Wired recently welcomed us to “The Programmable World.” Pointing out what many already know, Wired observed that more and more devices, from sophisticated phones to prosaic grocery carts, can collect and communicate data about our every step. While making our life easier, this trend also has the ability to make the arguments over “Do Not Track” settings in browsers seem quaint. And it has the potential to turn Social Media platforms and also hard goods manufacturers and suppliers of all stripes into Big Data, or for them to be run over by Big Data itself.

This panel will explore the lynchpin legal issues underlying these trends. We will discuss where the lines may be drawn, and by whom, over what data can be collected on consumers by Social Media and other tools, what data can be combined, and how data can be monetized based on privacy principles. We will also discuss whether the current US privacy regulatory regime is equipped with tools sufficient to handle these issues.

Co-sponsored by the Stanford Program in Law, Science, & Technology and Ropes & Gray LLP.

· James DeGraw, Ropes Gray LLP

· Mark Szpak, Ropes Gray LLP
· Michelle Dennedy, McAfee
· Prof. Edward Felton, Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University (via video)
· Joanne McNabb, California Department of Justice; U.S. Department of Homeland Security