August 7, 2014
Vol. 18, Issue 7
ACM Washington Update
ACM Washington Update recaps ACM’s initiatives in the U.S. technology policy arena monthly. Please forward this newsletter to friends and colleagues in the computing community. View more details on each item below, as well as on the blog. Follow USACM on Twitter and Facebook
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ACM President Alex Wolf has appointed Ed Felten as Chair and Stuart Shapiro and Jeremy Epstein as Co-Vice Chairs of the ACM U.S. Public Policy Council.
Ed Felten is the Director of the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University and Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs.
Stuart Shapiro is a Principal Information Privacy and Security Engineer and a member of the Privacy Community of Practice at the MITRE Corporation.
Jeremy Epstein is Lead Program Officer for the National Science Foundation Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program, and is on loan from SRI International.
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The ACM Europe Council and the ACM U.S. Public Policy Council presented a consensus position on computing policy issues to negotiators of a new EU-U.S. free trade agreement. ACM Europe Council Chair Fabrizio Gagliardi delivered remarks in July in Brussels for the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement.
The proposed treaty addresses trade issues between the EU and the US. Negotiators discussed the chapter's intellectual property architecture as well as e-commerce, trade in goods and services, and opportunities for small and medium enterprises. The ACM Europe Council and USACM urged negotiators to foster innovation of software and computing and to minimize barriers to digital trade and Internet-based services. ACM was among fifteen stakeholders at a Stakeholder Forum with dedicated time to present remarks on digital services, intellectual property rights, and customs and trade facilitation.
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In response to a recommendation in the Obama Adminsitration's Big Data report
released in April, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration issued a Request for Comment
. The request focused on the influence of big data on consumer privacy, specifically the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights
the Adminstration released in 2012.
USACM noted in its comments that while big data adds to the complexity of limiting data collection, such limits should not be deemphasized. It's important to have controls on both the collection and use of data, and innovations should make it easy for someone without a technical background to apply their data preferences when interacting with a data collector.
For data collection and use, USACM encourages using a broadly construed risk-based approach for responsible use that accommodates multiple privacy risk models. Systems designers should accommodate variations in risk and exposure in their systems as well as include reasonably effective deletion capability. Attach consumer guidance to data supplied by the consumer only once, with organizations responsible for applying that guidance wherever and whenever the data is communicated or used.
There should be sector-independent means of handling data of different levels of sensitivity. It could help address cost concerns and spur innovation in Big Data by simplifying the set of privacy rules. In addition to proper access and physical security controls, contract language is a practical tool available to organizations that want to discourage attacks against latent information about individuals.
The full set of USACM comments is available online
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About Washington Update -- ACM Washington Update is produced by the ACM Public Policy Office. It highlights activities of the U.S. Public Policy Council of ACM (USACM), and the ACM Education Policy Committee (EPC) as well as other events in Washington that affect the computing community.
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