Information and Privacy: What are the Tradeoffs?

Online advertising uses customer information to target messages to consumers’ interests. The resulting advertising revenues support an array of innovative new online services, which consumers can often use for free. But as the use of information online has increased, so have concerns about privacy. More privacy, however, would mean less information, less valuable advertising, and thus fewer resources available for producing new low-priced services. It is this tradeoff that Congress needs to take into account as it considers new privacy legislation. TPI has assembled a group of experts to discuss how policy makers should address the tradeoffs inherent in privacy policy.

Alessandro Acquisti, Associate Professor of Information Technology and Public Policy, Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University
Alan Davidson, Director, Public Policy and Government Affairs, Google
Leslie Harris, President and CEO, Center for Democracy and Technology
Thomas Lenard, President, Technology Policy Institute
Gerard Lewis, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer, Comcast Cable
Paul H. Rubin, Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute, and Dobbs Professor of Economics and Law, Emory University

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