Sarah Altschuller is counsel in Verizon’s Business & Human Rights Program. In this role, she supports Verizon’s commitment to integrating attention to human rights impacts into its legal and business operations. She also seeks to identify and respond to technological trends that may create human rights risks. Prior to joining Verizon in 2018, Altschuller was counsel in Foley Hoag LLP’s Corporate Social Responsibility Practice, where she advised corporate clients on how best to assess and address the human rights impacts of their operations. In 2017 and 2018, she was recognized by Chambers Global as among the top lawyers in the field of business and human rights.
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Increasingly, all industries are involved in what is known as “surveillance capitalism,” a new iteration of our economic system in which business value is derived from the predictive insights gleaned from applying artificial intelligence (AI) to customer data and novel data sources. While this opens up potential new business models, it also has serious implications for the privacy and human rights of consumers. In this session, we will introduce the concept of surveillance capitalism and hear from companies in different industries about how they work to avoid causing harm when collecting and transferring customer data, carrying out targeted advertising, and building in insights powered by AI and IoT devices.
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