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Daily Archives: January 15, 2016

Automated Comparisons of Ambiguity in Privacy Policies and the Impact of Regulation

Reidenberg, Joel R. and Bhatia, Jaspreet and Breaux, Travis and Norton, Thomas B., Automated Comparisons of Ambiguity in Privacy Policies and the Impact of Regulation (January 9, 2016). Fordham Law Legal Studies Research Paper Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN:

“Website privacy policies often contain ambiguous language that undermines the purpose and value of privacy notices for site users. This paper compares the impact of different regulatory models on the ambiguity of privacy policies in multiple online sectors. First, the paper develops a theory of vague and ambiguous terms. Next, the paper develops a scoring method to compare the relative vagueness of different privacy policies. Then, the theory and scoring are applied using natural language processing to rate a set of policies. The ratings are compared against two benchmarks to show whether government-mandated privacy disclosures result in notices less ambiguous than those emerging from the market. The methodology and technical tools can provide companies with mechanisms to improve drafting, enable regulators to easily identify poor privacy policies and empower regulators to more effectively target enforcement actions.”

The Wikipedia Library/1Lib1Ref

“Imagine a World where Every Librarian Added One More Reference to Wikipedia. Wikipedia is a first stop for researchers: let’s make it better! Your goal today is to add one reference to Wikipedia! Any citation to a reliable source is a benefit to Wikipedia readers worldwide. When you add the reference to the article, make… Continue Reading

The Freedom of Information Act is Broken: A Report from House Oversight Cmte.

U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Jason Chaffetz (UT-3), Chairman – FOIA Is Broken: A Report Staff Report, 114th Congress, January 2016. “The Freedom of Information Act established a right for the public to access federal agency records. The statute simply requires requesters to reasonably describe the records they wish to… Continue Reading

Fixing Pre-Publication Review: What Should Be Done?

Fixing Pre-Publication Review: What Should Be Done? by Steven Aftergood, January 15, 2016. “Jack Goldsmith and Oona Hathaway called attention in several recent columns to the pre-publication review process (here, here, here, and here) that many current and former national security officials and other government employees must submit to before their work can be published.… Continue Reading

CRS – Iran Sanctions

Iran Sanctions, Kenneth Katzman, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs. January 12, 2016: “The comprehensive nuclear accord (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA), finalized on July 14, 2015, entails far broader sanctions relief. U.S., U.N., and multilateral sanctions on Iran’s energy, financial, shipping, automotive, and other sectors are to be suspended or lifted once Iran… Continue Reading

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Speech Resources: Fact Sheet

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Speech Resources: Fact Sheet – “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a federal holiday observed annually on the third Monday in January. It celebrates the life and legacy of the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. in honor of his birthday and achievements. The day is also referred to as… Continue Reading

Medicare to Cover End-of-Life Counseling

The National Acadmies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: “The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a ruling in July 2015 to pay doctors to counsel patients about end-of-life care or “advance care planning,” a term meant to reflect that people should make their end-of-life wishes known as early as when they get a… Continue Reading