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CLIP Co-Publishes Report on Missing Persons and Privacy

Submitted by on April 28 – 2013No Comment

Fordham Law’s Center on Law and Information Policy (CLIP) and the Commons Lab of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars issued a report on the legal issues that might arise after natural disasters in the search for missing persons.

The report, titled “Privacy and Missing Persons after Natural Disasters,” was prepared as part of a joint project. The two Fordham Law centers made several recommendations, including that engineers developing technology able to share information about missing persons “implement design principles that carefully balance privacy consistent with existing legal obligations.”

The report also calls on privacy policymakers, legislators, and regulators to take steps to clarify how privacy rules apply to missing persons activities in identified key areas so that missing persons activities can proceed without the threat of legal liability.

Joel R. Reidenberg, the academic director of Fordham CLIP and a co-author of the report was quoted explaining why the report is so important.

With this project, Fordham CLIP is trying to help the people and organizations assisting in the location of missing persons recognize and deal with critical privacy issues by providing a range of options to address the legal and policy concerns.

Read the full announcement here

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