Forum on Data Privacy 

Convened by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office in partnership with the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and Internet Policy Research Initiative, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, along with other stakeholders.


Thursday, March 24, 2016
MIT’s Building 10 (The Great Dome), Room 250
Please RSVP here. This event is free and open to the public.


The goal of the forum is to discuss stakeholders’ views on the risks to consumer privacy in today’s data-driven, digital economy, and the role of states and state attorneys general in addressing those risks without restricting innovation and advances that benefit consumers.  The Attorney General’s Office hopes to use the forum to shape a new initiative designed to protect consumer data privacy from practices identified as particularly concerning without restricting data-driven innovations that do not carry those risks and that benefit consumers. To inform our consideration of these important issues, we invite you to join us in shaping a new partnership with a candid exchange of ideas and concerns.


In advance of this forum, we are particularly interested in hearing all perspectives on the following:

1) Do innovative technologies and methods by which businesses collect, share, and use consumer data (e.g. Internet of Things, Big Data, mobile devices/applications, cloud computing) create privacy concerns or compliance challenges? If so, how could these concerns or challenges be resolved or overcome?

2) Is there a need for more definitive rules or guidance from government or self-regulatory bodies regarding the commercial collection, use, and protection of consumer data? If so, what rules or guidance should be put forth?

3) As experts on consumer privacy issues or as participants in data-driven businesses, are there problematic business practices you observe that threaten consumer privacy?

4) Could the Massachusetts Data Breach Notification Act (Mass. Gen. Law c. 93H) be amended to better promote consumer privacy in light of changing technologies? If so, how?

If you would like to respond, please reply to
Please note that all submissions may become part of the public record and subject to public disclosure. We look forward to hearing from you. RSVP Link:

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Attorney General Maura Healey

PANEL 1: Consumer Privacy Risks in an Evolving Digital Marketplace

Moderated by Danny Weitzner, Director of the MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative

PANEL 2: The role of states in protecting consumer privacy

Moderated by Dalia Topelson Ritvo, Assistant Director & Clinical Instructor at Harvard School’s Cyberlaw Clinic

Once panelists are announced, they will be added here.