April 22, 2019

Sarah Hunt and Dr. Veronika Velch Address The Future of Voter Data Privacy

By Angela Morabito

A new op-ed in Protego Press titled "The Future of Data Privacy" makes the case for modernizing voter data privacy laws in the digital age. Rainey Center co-founder and CEO Sarah Hunt, along with Rainey Center Associate Fellow Dr. Veronika Velch, examine voter privacy issues in the U.S., U.K., and Canada.

They find that Canadian political parties were using door-to-door canvassers to make assumptions about people's personal lives based on objects in their homes. In the U.K., parties bought data without conducting due diligence on how it was collected. Right here in America, Cambridge Analytica is accused of using an innocent-looking online personality test to harvest voter data ahead of the 2016 election.

Hunt and Velch write:

"Personal data about individuals in several countries is being bought and sold as a commodity without the individuals’ knowledge or consent. In many cases, this violates national election law. In every case, it violates the ethical norms of privacy and informed consent."

Click here to read the full piece at Protego Press.

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