Privacy and Innovation: Friends or Foes?
In the US, debates are raging over privacy and the use of emerging technologies such as big data analytics and artificial intelligence. These debates occur both with respect to public sector applications, such as securing airports and borders; and in the private sector, where leading tech companies are accused of making people’s personal information too easily available to hackers or buyers. What are the boundaries or frameworks we should use in evaluating the trade-offs between privacy and innovation? And to what extent is this dependent on the use case being contemplated -- for instance, should we evaluate potential invasions of privacy differently in cases where technology is being used to catch criminals vs. cases where it may be used to ensure people receive benefits they qualify for?