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Neal Walters, MA

Policy Research Senior Analyst

Neal Walters, AARP

Neal Walters, MA

Areas of Expertise

Information privacy, identity theft, affordable home utilities, credit reporting, and prepaid cards

Profile

Neal Walters is a policy research senior analyst with AARP’s Public Policy Institute. He conducts policy research and analysis on issues affecting the financial security of the population ages 50-plus, particularly those issues related to consumer protections and information privacy. Neal has written a variety of reports on information privacy, identity theft, affordable home utilities, prepaid cards, and credit reporting. He has a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Florida.

In His Words

“Of course, privacy policies won’t matter if the device is hacked or a data breach occurs. Consumers are all too familiar with having their financial information compromised and are justly wary of having data collected by a wearable device exposed.

“Developers need to design strong security protections into wearable devices to prevent hacking. In addition, robust data security measures need to be in place to prevent unauthorized access to databases where the information collected is stored.” (N. Walters, “The Promise and Pitfalls of Wearable Technology”)

Selected Publications

A. Jackson and N. Walters, “2013–2014 Winter Heating Costs for Older and Low-Income Households,” AARP Public Policy Institute, Washington, DC, November 2013.

N. Walters, “An Analysis of Utility Expenditures by Older Consumers,” AARP Public Policy Institute, Washington, DC, March 2015. N. Walters, “Improving Mobile Device Privacy Disclosures,” AARP Public Policy Institute, Washington, DC, February 2014.

N. Walters, “The Promise and Pitfalls of Wearable Technology,” AARP Public Policy Institute, Washington, DC, April 2015.

N. Walters, “The Thing about the Internet of Things,” AARP Public Policy Institute, Washington, DC, February 2015.

See all blog posts by Neal Walters

Contact

nwalters@aarp.org

202-434-3910

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