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Paving the Regulatory Road to the “Learning Health Care System”

by  Deven McGraw  

The poor quality and high cost of health care in the U.S. is well documented. The widespread adoption of electronic medical records—for purposes of improving quality and reducing costs—is key to reversing these trends.[1] But federal privacy regulations do not set clear and consistent rules for access to health information to improve health care quality.…

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Yes We Can (Profile You)

A Brief Primer on Campaigns and Political Data
by  Daniel Kreiss  

caucus living within one hundred miles of the straw poll in Ames, Iowa.[1] In the months leading up to the caucuses Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign purchased ads that ran before all YouTube videos watched by voters in Iowa and New Hampshire.[2]Meanwhile, through sophisticated voter modeling, targeted communications based on voters’ political interests, and tracking the…

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Privacy in the Age of Big Data

A Time for Big Decisions
by  Omer Tene & Jules Polonetsky  

We live in an age of “big data.” Data has become the raw material of production, a new source of immense economic and social value. Advances in data mining and analytics and the massive increase in computing power and data storage capacity have expanded, by orders of magnitude, the scope of information available to businesses,…

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A Reasonableness Approach to Searches After the Jones GPS Tracking Case

by  Peter Swire C. & William O’Neill Professor  

In the oral argument this fall in United States v. Jones,[1] several Supreme Court Justices struggled with the government’s view that it can place Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking devices on cars without a warrant or other Fourth Amendment limit. Chief Justice Roberts asked: “You think there would also not be a search if you…

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