‘How to Regulate Harmful Inferences’

Alicia Solow-Niederman, ‘Information Privacy and the Inference Economy’ (September 10, 2021), available at SSRN. A decade ago, Charles Duhigg wrote a story for the New York Times that still resonates today, revealing that Target could predict its customers’ pregnancies and delivery dates from changes in their shopping habits. This and similar revelations pose a difficult question: how do we protect vulnerable people from the power of inferences? At the time, I wondered aloud whether we ought to regulate harmful data-driven inferences and how we would do it, which sparked characteristically overheated responses from the libertarian punditry … (more)

[Paul Ohm, JOTWELL, 27 December]

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