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Navigating Data Privacy in Public Policy to Responsibly Represent People in Data

Event Category:
Statistics and Data Science Seminar Series
Claire Bowen
Urban Institute

At what point does the sacrifice to our personal information outweigh the public good?

If public policymakers had access to our personal and confidential data, they could make more evidence-based, data-informed decisions that could accelerate economic recovery and improve healthcare resources distributions. However, access to personal data comes at a steep privacy cost for contributors, especially underrepresented groups. Revealing too much location information places people at risk such as empowering stalkers to track people more easily, but too little personal, location information will severely hinder the effectiveness of contact tracing of a contagious disease.

This talk will discuss the intricate data privacy challenges faced by the U.S. government and private sector in data collection and dissemination. It will also cover various collaborations between the Data Governance and Privacy Lab at the Urban Institute with government agencies and other organizations, such as generating synthetic health services data and integrating data equity in statistical data privacy. Our group strives to implement innovative statistical data privacy methods and uphold data governance principles, empowering researchers and policymakers to access and leverage data for the betterment of society while protecting individual privacy.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024 - 1:30pm
LGRT 1681