CyLab researchers are often called upon by government leaders to provide expertise on security and privacy issues. Below are a few highlight examples of our researchers engaging with policymakers in federal and local governments.

Leadership roles in Washington, D.C.

Congressional testimonies

Testimonies and research findings shared at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

CyLab research informing policymakers

  • In 2022, Lorrie Cranor was invited to speak at the Federal Communications Commission virtual public hearing on broadband consumer labels. CyLab later responded to the FCC's request for comment by conducting a large-scale user study of more than 2,500 participants, uncovering the information most important to consumers shopping for broadband internet service and determining what terminology and presentation formats make this information most understandable and useful.
  • In 2022, Yuvraj Agarwal presented CyLab's IoT security and privacy research at the White House’s Internet of Things Security Summit.
  • In 2020, researchers in the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security (CUPS) Laboratory designed a privacy icon to accompany the "Do Not Sell My Personal Information" verbiage on websites required by the California Consumer Privacy Act. 
  • In 2019, Lorrie Cranor’s research on usable and useful privacy interfaces was a leading paper in the DC-based Future of Privacy Forum's (FPF) Privacy Papers for Policy Makers (PPPM).
  • In 2015, Lorrie Cranor’s research on effective privacy notices was a leading paper in the FPF’s PPPM.
  • In 2012, Lorrie Cranor’s research on online behavior tracking was a leading paper in the FPF’s PPPM.
  • In 2010, CyLab research papers made up half of the leading papers in the FPF’s PPPM.

Collaborations with state governments