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How Privacy Engineers and Lawyers Can Get Along


January 14, 2014

The burgeoning technological landscape is increasing the need for lawyers to work with engineers on privacy protection initiatives. In this post for Privacy Perspectives, two Georgia Tech professors—one a law professor, the other a software engineering professor—consider four points showing “how to bring together and leverage the skill sets of engineers, lawyers and others to create effective privacy policy with correspondingly compliant implementations.” Profs. Peter Swire, CIPP/US, and Annie Antón look into how lawyers and engineers make the simple complicated, why using the term “reasonable” works in privacy rules but not software specifications and, perhaps most importantly, “how to achieve consensus when both lawyers and engineers are in the same room.”
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