Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith

Policy Counsel, Future of Privacy Forum


Privacy in Health – The Regulatory Regimes, and the In-Betweens

Many health innovations today are driven by increased access to patient and consumer data—and those patients and consumers expect the privacy of their information to be protected. New technologies that collect and store this information fall under a variety of regulatory regimes, from HIPAA to the FDA. But many new consumer-facing health services do not fall into traditional legal buckets, leaving companies to conjure best privacy practices on their own. Health-related companies can learn how to think about privacy from the other sectors that have had to navigate this same challenge for new technologies, from retail to automotive.

What you’ll learn:

  • How companies whose products may not be regulated by HIPAA or the FDA should think about privacy
  • Lessons learned from privacy experiences in other sectors
  • What are the Fair Information Practice Principles?
  • What role the Federal Trade Commission could play for new health technologies


Lauren Smith is Policy Counsel at the Future of Privacy Forum. Her projects at FPF include big data and the Internet of Things, where she focuses on connected cars and health technology. Prior to working at FPF, Lauren was a Policy Advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology, where she played a core role in the White House Big Data report, the launch of the Precision Medicine Initiative, and policy initiatives around privacy, intellectual property, regulatory policy, and innovation for global development. She was previously a Research Associate for Economic Policy at the Center for American Progress. Lauren is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the UC Berkeley School of Law, where she earned a Certificate in Law and Technology.