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Workshop on the Future of Privacy Notice and Choice

June 27, 2014
Carnegie Mellon University, Posner Center

Videos and photos of the workshop are available on the Media page.

The "notice and choice" approach to privacy protection focuses on informing individuals about the collection, use, and sharing of their personal information and offering them opportunities to choose whether and how their information is used. Much of the focus of notice and choice has been on privacy policies in the form of long textual notices distributed on paper or posted on websites. However, privacy policies tend to be time consuming to read and difficult to understand, so their role in informing individual decision making has been limited. A variety of alternatives to traditional privacy policies have emerged, including standardized notices, nutrition labels, icons, videos, computer-mediated approaches, and just-in-time notices. In this workshop we will explore the future of privacy notice and choice, examining the needs of end users, how technology can be used to better meet user needs, and relevant public policy space.

The workshop will include invited speakers; panels focussing on users, technology, and public policy; and a research poster session.

We invite those interested in participating in a panel or presenting a research poster to submit a short position paper or research summary, 1 to 4 pages long. If you are interested in presenting previously published research, please include the abstract, a citation, and link to that work. Accepted position papers and research summaries will be published on the workshop website.

Please submit your position paper or research summary in PDF form, along with your contact information and a short bio to no later than May 5, 2014.

Some travel funds are available to presenters from academia and non-profit organizations. If you would like to request travel funds, please include an estimate of your travel expenses when you submit your position paper.

The workshop will be free and open to the public. Registration is required.

A workshop agenda will be posted in May. We expect to begin with a welcome dinner for workshop attendees at 7 pm on June 26. On June 27 we will begin with breakfast at 8:00 am and the first session at 8:30 am. We expect the final session to conclude at 4 pm.

Accommodations: We have reserved a room block at the Pittsburgh Wyndham University Center, located less than a mile from the workshop venue at 100 Lytton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. A limited number of rooms are available to conference attendees on Thursday and Friday night at a rate of $141/night plus tax. Parking is available for $10/night. Rooms must be booked by June 5. Our group code is 06266841FA. You may reserve by calling 412-682-6200 or reserve online at

Workshop co-chairs: Lorrie Faith Cranor and Norman Sadeh

The Workshop on the Future of Notice and Choice is sponsored by: