Information Injury Workshop Covers Non-Financial Harms Faced By Consumers

The Federal Trade Commission held its Information Injury Workshop in December in Washington D.C. The goal of the workshop was to explore how to characterize and measure information injuries to consumers. … The first panel described the different kinds of injuries suffered by consumers because of privacy incidents and data security breaches … Damon McCoy, Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, described his research with doxing, which is the public release of people’s information and other methods of social engineering that collect personal information. His research indicates that the use of this data can be innocuous or harmful if it is used for extortion or other stalking purposes.

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