Motivation for this Project

Over the past few months, we have explored privacy from historical, legal and technical perspectives, learning more about different conceptions of privacy and how privacy interacts with technological innovations (from biometrics, to research, to third parties, to surveillance). However, the actual implementation of privacy protections in a pragmatic, efficient and balanced way seems to be more arduous and problematic. Thus, in this report, we will seek to answer and scrutinize the following question: how can we practically implement federal privacy protections in the United States?

By interviewing stakeholders across business, academia, and government, as well as members of the general public, we hoped to better understand obstacles to federal privacy legislation in the United States, as well what form privacy legislation should take in the US.