July 27, 2020 - 1:15pm PDT

RightsCon: Panel #8211

RightsCon; 1:15pm -2:15pm PT

Exploitation of our online behavior and personal data affects many aspects of our lives, personal and political. While there have been some minor changes by big tech corporations to acknowledge the lack of privacy and freedom online, these entities remain major players in the internet’s thriving surveillance economy. As public knowledge of these practices have increased, new laws like the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) have been enacted to protect consumer data. CCPA gives consumers the right to know, the right to delete, and the right to opt-out. Is a law like this enough to protect the human right to privacy online? Unfortunately in this case, companies have enough room to interpret the law differently, still leaving the user to deal with disparate privacy policies and protections for each app or online service. This can't guarantee anyone's rights. In order to fill this gap between such privacy laws, some projects are developing tools that give people privacy as the default. Is privacy by design scalable? We'll discuss the state of the internet and data practices today, what laws like CCPA accomplish, and what they're missing. Could we have an internet that can generate business without having to exploit personal behavior data from its users? What can civil society and developers do to uphold human rights and give people privacy by design?

Isabela Bagueros, Executive Director, The Tor Project
Dan Blah, Chief Technologist, Reset
Harlo Holmes, Director of Newsroom Digital Security, Freedom of the Press Foundation
Hayley Tsukayama, Legislative Activist, EFF