Picker's Tech Policy Seminar Students File Comments with FTC on Draft Privacy Report
In February, students in Professor Randy Picker's Tech Policy Seminar filed comments with the Federal Trade Commission regarding their draft privacy report. While other schools filed comments, most are by faculty members rather than students.Professor Picker included a cover letter that read:
Dear Secretary Clark:
I attach comments that we ask to be considered in the Commission’s evaluation of the draft report, Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers (the “Report”). The students in my Winter, 2011 Technology Policy seminar at the University of Chicago Law School blogged about the Report as part of our readings this quarter. We discussed the Report and their posts in class and students then reconsidered and rewrote their posts to file them with the Commission.
Like most professors I suspect, I find my students to be thoughtful, passionate and remarkably engaging. They are full of ideas and it seemed a shame to not put those ideas before the Commission. As you undoubtedly understand, these are their ideas, not mine. I say that not to evade responsibility but to make sure that credit is assigned appropriately.
Randal C. Picker
The students' comments are listed as #359 on the FTC website and may be downloaded from that site or this one.