Latanya Sweeney

Latanya Arvette Sweeney is the Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and Technology at the Harvard Kennedy School and in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.[1] She is the director of the Public Interest Tech Lab, founded in 2021 with a $3 million grant from the Ford Foundation.[2][3] She founded the Data Privacy Lab, part of the Public Interest Tech Lab, and she is the Faculty Dean in Currier House at Harvard.[4]

Latanya Sweeney
Sweeney at a panel discussion in New York City, November 2017
Alma materHarvard University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Known fork-anonymity
Scientific career
FieldsComputer Science
InstitutionsHarvard University, Carnegie Mellon University

Sweeny was the Chief Technologist of the Federal Trade Commission from January until December 2014.[5][6] Her best known academic work is on the theory of k-anonymity, and she is credited with the observation that "87% of the U.S. population is uniquely identified by date of birth, gender, postal code".[7]