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Researchers Earn Grant To Study Privacy Notices

CYBERSECURITY—U.S.

August 16, 2013

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced it is investing $20 million in grants to more than a dozen universities to help tackle the “fundamental challenges” to the nation’s cybersecurity. One group of recipients, including researchers from Carnegie Mellon, Fordham and Stanford, aim to work on a multidisciplinary approach to create effective web privacy notices. The project’s lead investigator said, “If you read privacy notices, you quickly realize that they contain a lot of boilerplate text and that people seem to often be recycling entire sentences and even larger text fragments from one another,” adding, “This project will aim to exploit these types of patterns.” An NSF representative said its “investments in foundational research will transform our capacity to secure personal privacy, financial assets and national interests.”
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