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UMSI well-represented at CNIL Privacy Research Day in France

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Monday, 06/03/2024

University of Michigan School of Information associate professor Florian Schaub, PhD candidate Kaiwen Sun and UMSI alum Yixin Zou will be presenting at the Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) Privacy Research Day Conference in France on June 4. 

The international event brings together researchers from around the world to present on privacy and data protection at the CNIL, the French data protection authority. 

"Being invited to present at the CNIL demonstrates our research's global relevance for privacy and data protection policy,” Schaub says. 

Kaiwen Sun will be presenting her paper "Unfulfilled Promises of Child Safety and Privacy: Portrayals and Use of Children in Smart Home Marketing.” The paper analyzes how smart home companies use children in their marketing materials even though their products are not properly designed for children. 

“Our research identified the misalignment between the portrayal of children in smart home marketing as safe and happy users, and the lack of adequate child safety and privacy product features and support,” Sun says. “This finding underscores the need for more policies protecting children in the digital world.” 

2022 UMSI PhD graduate Yixin Zou will be presenting her paper “Nudging Users to Change Breached Passwords Using the Protection Motivation Theory.” This is a forthcoming paper in which Zou and her colleagues designed and tested improved data breach notifications that better motivated users to change their passwords.

 “Our research provides direct insights on how data breach notification laws can be improved, such as by mandating companies to highlight the concrete threats of a breach,” Zou says. “We are excited to share these insights with the CNIL, as it is one of the most important privacy regulators in Europe as well as the broad audience at the event.”


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