Deirdre Mulligan and Kenneth A. Bamberger deliver the keynote at the Global Privacy Summit (photo courtesy of IAPP)
Apr 4, 2016

Privacy Leadership Award Honors Deirdre Mulligan and Kenneth Bamberger

The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) presented its 2016 Privacy Leadership Award today to School of Information professor Deirdre Mulligan and Berkeley Law professor Kenneth A. Bamberger for their research on the unwritten laws of privacy — the way privacy professionals steer the internal governance of privacy within companies — and their book Privacy on the Ground.

Mulligan and Bamberger received the award this morning at the association’s Global Privacy Summit in Washington, D.C. The two delivered this morning’s keynote address at the summit and are also leading a panel discussion of their book.

While much has been written about privacy policy and regulation, the book Privacy on the Ground is the first major examination of how privacy regulations actually work “on the ground” to change corporate or government behavior.

This intensive five-nation study goes inside corporations to examine how the people charged with protecting privacy actually do their work and what kinds of regulation effectively shape their behavior. And the research yields a surprising result. The countries with more ambiguous regulation — Germany and the United States — had the strongest corporate privacy management practices, despite very different cultural and legal environments. The more rule-bound countries — like France and Spain — trended instead toward compliance processes, not embedded privacy practices.

Deirdre K. Mulligan is an associate professor in the School of Information and a co-director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. She is also chair of the board of directors of the Center for Democracy and Technology and a fellow at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Mulligan’s research focuses on information privacy, security, and cybersecurity. Her current projects include an exploration of users’ conceptions of privacy in the online environment and their relation to existing theories of privacy, and alternative legal strategies to advance network security. She also studies digital rights management technology, privacy and security issues in sensor networks and visual surveillance systems, and alternative legal strategies to advance network security.

Kenneth A Bamberger is a professor at the Berkeley School of Law, a faculty director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, and a faculty director of the Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies. He researches the ways that governments, private actors, and technology combine to “regulate” behavior, and ways to safeguard the exercise of that governance power. He publishes widely on government regulation and decision-making, as well as corporate compliance, with a particular focus on the regulation of technology and on information privacy. He teaches courses in administrative and constitutional law, torts, and Jewish law.

The IAPP Privacy Leadership Award

The IAPP Privacy Leadership Award recognizes of a global leader in the field of privacy and data protection who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to furthering privacy policy, promoting recognition of privacy issues, and advancing the growth and visibility of the privacy profession.

About the IAPP

The International Association of Privacy Professionals is the world’s largest association of privacy professionals with more than 23,000 members across 83 countries. The IAPP is a not-for-profit association that helps to define and support the privacy profession globally.

Deirdre Mulligan
Associate Professor Deirdre Mulligan
Kenneth Bamberger
Kenneth Bamberger
 Privacy on the Ground: Driving Corporate Behavior in the United States and Europe
Privacy on the Ground: Driving Corporate Behavior in the United States and Europe

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October 4, 2016