Consumer Privacy

As innovative technologies emerge with new, sophisticated data generation and processing capabilities, protecting users’ privacy and advancing fairness in outcomes is becoming increasingly important. CDT works to develop privacy safeguards for consumers and citizens through a combination of legal, technical, and self-regulatory measures.

Ensuring that services are designed in ways that preserve privacy, establishing protections that apply across the data’s life-cycle, and preserving individual autonomy by giving the individual control over how their data is used, are key elements of protecting privacy in the digital age. CDT aims to better understand and address how sophisticated data practices may have discriminatory effects and may lead to social corrosion by undermining our sense of fairness and our understanding of equal opportunity.


Digital Decisions

Sophisticated statistical analysis and classification systems in the age of big data bear some inherent risks to individual autonomy and social equity.

Student Privacy

Realizing the full potential of EdTech in the classroom requires robust student privacy standards.


Basic privacy and transparency rules or best practices for for domestic use of drones must be established.

Broadband Privacy

Clear privacy protections for broadband Internet access service providers are needed.

Internet of Things

With everything soon to be connected to the Internet, privacy considerations abound.


Privacy concerns must be addressed if health information technology is to reach its full potential to improve care and reduce costs.