World Privacy Forum
Pam Dixon, Executive Director, World Privacy Forum
Pam Dixon is the founder and executive of the World Privacy Forum, a public interest research group well-known and respected for its consumer and data privacy research. An author and a researcher, Dixon has written groundbreaking and influential studies in the area of privacy, including The Scoring of America, a substantive report on predictive analytics and privacy written with Bob Gellman. She has also written well-known reports on Medical Identity Theft, the One Way Mirror Society report on digital signage networks and retail privacy, and a series of reports on data brokers, among others. Dixon has conducted substantive biometrics research in India, which formed the basis of a scholarly article on India’s Aadhaar digital identity ecosystem, biometrics, and EU-US policy in a forthcoming special issue of Springer-Nature.
Dixon has testified before the US Congress, including the Senate Judiciary Committee, as well as the US Federal Trade Commission and other agencies on prominent consumer privacy issues, including issues related to data brokers, identity, health privacy, genetic privacy, the Common Rule, facial recognition, and online and offline privacy. Dixon is an expert advisor to the OECD regarding health data uses, and she serves on the editorial board of Harvard’s Journal of Technology Science. She is a member of the Biometric Institute, where she serves on the privacy committee. Dixon was formerly a research fellow with the Privacy Foundation at Denver University’s Sturm School of Law. She has written 8 books, including titles for Random House / Times Books, among other major publishers. Her most recent book, Surveillance in America, was published in 2016 by ABC-CLIO books.