Deirdre Mulligan

When algorithms discriminate

David Oppenheimer and Deirdre Mulligan quoted in The New York Times, July 9, 2015

“Even if they are not designed with the intent of discriminating against those groups, if they reproduce social preferences even in a completely rational way, they also reproduce those forms of discrimination,” said David Oppenheimer.

“The question of determining which kinds of biases we don’t want to tolerate is a policy one,” said Deirdre Mulligan…. “It requires a lot of care and thinking about the ways we compose these technical systems.”

Whisper and the meaning of anonymity

Deirdre Mulligan quoted in The Wall Street Journal, October 28, 2014

“These companies have stuck their necks up above the pack, making a market play as privacy-preserving apps without investing the technical resources to back up their promises,” Mulligan said, referring to both Snapchat and Whisper.

White house big data report changes conversation, but vagueness worries some

Deidre Mulligan quoted in Washington Internet Daily, May 2, 2014 (subscription required)

It’s a notable shift, said privacy advocates and academics in interviews and statements. Notice and choice “has failed as an organizing framework” for the big data discussion, said Berkeley Law professor Deirdre Mulligan…. With this report, the White House is now “talking about a broader surveillance culture,” with discrimination and fairness at the center, she said.

FTC’s role and ECPA update are highlights of final White House big data workshop

Kenneth Bamberger and Deirdre Mulligan quoted in Washington Internet Daily, April 2, 2014 (registration required)

To date, the legal view of “harm” is financially focused, said Berkeley School of Law professor Kenneth Bamberger, but “most of the things we’ve been talking about today go far beyond that.”… Omnipresent data collection raises harms not addressed by law, such as “harms to dignity” and “harms to equity,” he said.

“Shouldn’t the government help “shape things proactively” by “getting people in on the ground floor when you’re designing a system” to inculcate privacy? Mulligan asked.

Why is the US on the defensive?

Kenneth Bamberger and Deirdre Mulligan cited in The Privacy Advisor, March 24, 2014

The only reasonably thorough study comparing actual EU and U.S. privacy levels was conducted in 2006…. It’s about to be joined by Privacy on the Ground: Governance Choices and Corporate Practice in the U.S. and Europe, by Kenneth Bamberger and Deirdre Mulligan, who, after extensive study, also seem to believe it is not a foregone conclusion that the EU has the superior regime.


Proposition: EU Regulation with US Penalties

Kenneth Bamberger and Deirdre Mulligan’s work cited in The Privacy Advisor, March 5, 2014

The scholarship of Bamberger and Mulligan … portends a watershed moment for privacy professionals. It argues that two emergent best practices—the rise of chief privacy officers who are integrated into the C-suite and privacy professionals embedded throughout an organization, from compliance to marketing and beyond—are a huge part of the solution, on both sides of the Atlantic.

The US–EU privacy debate: conventional wisdom is wrong

Kenneth Bamberger and Deidre Mulligan quoted in Privacy Perspectives, March 4, 2014

Indeed, one fascinating lesson from the Bamberger and Mulligan scholarship is that the development of privacy in the U.S. “has been positively shaped by the incomplete, and comparatively late, institutionalization of privacy governance, in that it has allowed dynamism and adaptability in the face of rapid changes in the use and treatment of personal data.”

Are Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft living up to their promises in China?

Deirdre Mulligan quoted in TIME Technology & Media, January 8, 2014
Deirdre Mulligan, a law professor at University of California at Berkeley who focuses on technology and who is a G.N.I. member, said that she hoped more companies would eventually join the program beyond the three that took part in the assessment…. “You have to start somewhere,” she said. “While it’s only three companies, they have an inordinate reach across the globe.”