Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Privacy by Design: A Counterfactual Analysis of Google and Facebook Privacy Incidents

Rubinstein, Ira and Nathan Good. "Privacy by Design: A Counterfactual Analysis of Google and Facebook Privacy Incidents." (August 11, 2012). NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper.

From the abstract: "Regulators here and abroad have embraced “privacy by design” as a critical element of their ongoing revision of current privacy laws. The underlying idea is to “build in” privacy (in the form of Fair Information Practices or FIPs) when creating software products and services. But FIPs are not self-executing. Rather, privacy by design requires the translation of FIPs into engineering and usability principles and practices. The best way to ensure that software includes the broad goals of privacy as described in the FIPs and any related corporate privacy guidelines is by including it in the definition of software “requirements.” And a main component of making a specification or requirement for software design is to make it concrete, specific and preferably associated with a metric. Equally important is developing software interfaces and other visual elements that are focused around end-user goals, needs, wants and constraints.

The Article offers the first comprehensive analysis of engineering and usability principles specifically relevant to privacy. Based on the relevant technical literature, it derives a small number of relevant principles and illustrates them by reference to ten recent privacy incidents involving Google and Facebook." Read more