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Going International with the Palantir Council of Advisors on Privacy and Civil Liberties

In 2012, our PCL team assembled the Palantir Council of Advisors on Privacy and Civil Liberties (PCAP), a body of experts in the privacy and civil liberties field who help us understand and address the complex privacy and civil liberties issues that arise in the course of building a sophisticated data analytics platform. The group continues [...]

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Datafication and You

“This overturns centuries of established practices and challenges our most basic understanding of how to make decisions and comprehend reality.” –Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think The rise of big data has been a rich vein to tap in nearly every discipline and industry. Accompanying this explosion of [...]

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Lawrence Lessig on Technology as a “Protector of Liberty”

Lawrence Lessig, Roy L. Furman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the founder of the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, has long been at the forefront of thinking about how law and technology interact.  His influential book, Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, included his now famous assertion that “Code is law.” [...]

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Announcing changes to the Palantir Council of Advisors on Privacy and Civil Liberties

Last Fall, we announced the creation of the Palantir Council of Advisors on Privacy and Civil Liberties (PCAP), a body of experts in this field who have been helping us to understand and address the complex privacy and civil liberties issues that arise in the course of providing sophisticated data analytics to our many customers [...]

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Don’t Just Trust Us

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Team was in Brussels, Belgium, in January for the Computers, Privacy, and Data Protection conference, a three-day meeting of academics, NGOs, government officials, and corporations concerned about legal and technological issues related to the protection of privacy. In addition to a number of interesting panel discussions, the conference was an [...]

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Privacy, Civil Liberties, and Video Analytics: Part 1

During the past year and a half, Palantir has been developing Palantir Video, a video analytics application that will allow Palantir Gotham users to better integrate video information into the rest of their analyses. The initial Palantir Video functionality will be limited to basic playback capabilities and the ability for a user to tag individuals [...]

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Announcing the Palantir Council on Privacy and Civil Liberties

Last month, at Palantir’s GovCon8 event, our CEO, Dr. Alex Karp, announced the creation of the Palantir Council of Advisors on Privacy and Civil Liberties (PCAP). This Council of experts has been created to assist us in understanding and addressing the complex privacy and civil liberties (P/CL) issues surrounding the use of our platform to [...]

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Predictive policing: A window into future crimes or future privacy violations?

In some sense, police have long been in the business of going beyond reactive law enforcement, using information from various sources (e.g., anonymous tips and leads) as well as historical analyses to draw inferences from which to anticipate and address crime before it happens. But as policing budgets shrink and applications of predictive analytics (the [...]

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A Study in Cell Phones

A recent story in the New York Times, “More Demands on Cell Carriers in Surveillance,” describes the response by cellular service providers to an inquiry from Rep. Edward J. Markey, in which the service providers reported on the frequency of requests for subscriber information by law enforcement agencies. In 2011, carriers responded to more than [...]

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Code is Law… But Law is Pretty Important Too

In our “There’s an app for that!” world, it seems hard to believe that you can’t just “code away” any privacy problems that might arise with the use of information technology. Shouldn’t it be possible to prevent the rogue government official from using law enforcement databases to stalk his ex-wife? Can’t we build a system [...]

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