October Membership Meeting and Interview of Chetan Gupta, Twitter Sr. Legal Counsel, Privacy and Data Production

October 12, 2021 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

This event is free and provides 0.5 self study CLE credit.

The Privacy Law Section invites all members to come together for the latest section news and updates, opportunities for leadership and networking, and an interview with Chetan Gupta, Twitter Senior Legal Counsel, Privacy and Data Production about his award-winning paper, “The Market’s Law of Privacy: Case Studies in Privacy/Security Adoption.” Self-Study MCLE credit provided.

Speaker: Chetan Gupta

Moderator: Melanie Phillips

Chetan Gupta is a Senior Legal Counsel on Twitter’s Privacy and Data Protection team. He counsels a number of internal teams on using data respectfully to meet consumer expectations, including for the purposes of data science. Chetan’s paper titled ‘The Market’s Law of Privacy: Case Studies in Privacy/Security Adoption’ won the Privacy Papers for Policymakers Award from the Future of Privacy Forum, and Chetan was invited to present the paper at the US Senate. Chetan has law degrees from Oxford and Berkeley, and is licensed to practice in California and India.

Chetan’s 2018 paper set up the hypothesis that, from a consumer perspective, any meaningful improvement to privacy and security (e.g. HTTPS replacing HTTP, end to end encryption for messaging apps) are driven by a small number of dominant businesses (or even a single vocal business), as opposed to actions that consumers take themselves, or that are the result of changes in law. Tangible improvements occur when consumers have to do very little (or nothing), as opposed to requiring consumers to read lengthy privacy policies or take other proactive measures to protect their rights, or improve their security. My new paper will look at how new developments bear out this hypothesis. In particular, it will examine (i) how Apple’s iOS 14 changes have driven privacy improvements across tech companies more effectively than legislation, and forced companies to re-examine and change their privacy practices; and (ii) how Google’s drive away from third party cookies and towards federated learning is likely to result in privacy improvements from a consumer perspective.