Latanya Sweeney-Quality of Life Technology Center - Carnegie Mellon University

Latanya Sweeney

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Institute for Software Research International
Carnegie Mellon University
Wean Hall 1301
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Latanya Sweeney, Ph.D., is an associate professor of computer science, technology and policy in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon. She also founded and serves as the director of the Data Privacy Lab, which works with real-world stakeholders to solve today's privacy technology problems. Her work involves creating technologies and related policies with provable guarantees of privacy protection while allowing society to collect and share person-specific information for many worthy purposes. Professor Sweeney has made numerous discoveries related to identifiability and privacy technologies and she has had significant impact on American privacy policy. Her work has received awards from numerous organizations, including the American Psychiatric Association, the American Medical Informatics Association and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Professor Sweeney's work has appeared in hundreds of news articles, numerous academic papers and was even cited in the original publication of the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Companies have licensed and continue to use her privacy technologies. She received her Ph.D. in computer science from the Massachusetts Insti­tute of Technology in 2001. Her undergraduate degree in computer science was completed at Harvard University where she graduated cum laude. More information is available at her [web site].
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"No human should be asked to forgo their dignity in order to receive assistance. Privacy, a necessity for human dignity, need not be traded for technological help when technology can be constructed to deliver assistance with dignity."