The Federal Trade Commission has published a call for proposals for research into data protection and data security for its sixth annual PrivacyCon, which is scheduled to take place on July 27, 2021. The call for presentations calls for empirical research and demonstrations, including economic analysis, with implications for privacy and data security policies and laws.
The FTC identified nearly two dozen topics of particular interest for this year’s stakeholder meeting, including:
- Analysis of data protection aspects in connection with contact tracking apps
- Privacy and security issues related to working from home
- Privacy and security issues before and after mergers and acquisitions
- The costs and benefits of data protection and security
- Consumer behavior related to privacy and security risks
- Privacy and security issues related to online activism
- Algorithmic bias and ensuring fairness in algorithmic use
- Incentives and conduct of the company in relation to privacy and security practices
- Data security vulnerabilities, threats and exploits
- Privacy and security of facial recognition technologies and applications
The deadline for entries is April 9, 2021. PrivacyCon 2021 is a free, publicly accessible event. The FTC will host a webcast on its website.